Discussions Of Australia-Japan Military Deal Arise Amid Regional Concerns

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that he will be visiting Tokyo this week for annual talks with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. The major focus of the trip will be bolstering regional security, as the two countries prepare to seal a defence agreement that will strengthen military ties […]

Refugees: Pawns On The Chessboard Of Australasia Politics?

Newly elected New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden recently offered to welcome 150 Manus Island and Nauru detainees. The offer comes in response to Australia’s decision to close the detention centres on the 31st October, rendering hundreds of refugees confused and distressed. While the Australian government has proposed alternative accommodation […]

New Zealand & The Pacific – The Reality Of Climate Change Migration

For most states in the international community, the real-life ramifications of climate change seem a distant event, currently disregarded while governments and citizens are faced with more pressing global concerns. For some, however, particularly low-lying Pacific Island nations and the states that surround and support them, climate change is an […]

Final Report From Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse Urges Major Reform

The final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was handed to Governor-General Peter Cosgrove on Friday, marking an end to the five-year investigation. Institutions from all religions, States, and Territories were held accountable in the report, with recommendations aimed at each specific type of […]

International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women 2017

The 25th of November marked International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, beginning sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence, concluding on the 10th of December, Human Rights Day. The UN has previously characterised gender-based violence as a ‘global pandemic’. Accordingly, one in three women and girls encounter […]

Manus Island: Broken Solution To Age-Old Problem

The Australian-run detention center on Manus Island was shut down on October 31, after it was declared illegal by Papua New Guniea court. Its short lifespan is a testament to the complexities of implementing a working policy that effectively deals with refugee and asylum seekers. “Any asylum seeker who arrives in […]