Oceania


Australia’s New Strategy Against Terrorism In Crowded Spaces

The Federal Government recently announced Australia’s first national strategy for protecting crowded places from terrorism. The announcement looks to respond to the devastating terror attack in Barcelona by addressing concerns the use of vehicles as weapons among crowds. Currently, Australia’s National Terrorism Threat Level is “probable.” According to the policy outline, […]


Colonialism Continues To Echo Through Australian Aboriginal Policy

The United Nations have accused Australia’s Close the Gap Campaign of being “woefully inadequate,” asserting that the incarceration rates of Indigenous Australians is a human rights violation and criticizing government policy for being culturally insensitive. UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, released a report on […]


Australian Government Cuts Income And Housing For 100 Asylum Seekers

The Australian government is cutting financial support and accommodation for 100 asylum-seekers originally transported from detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island for medical treatment. The group will be issued “final departure Bridging E Visas.” They will no longer receive the $200 a fortnight in government support that they had […]


Will Australia Back U.S. Against North Korean Nuclear Threats?

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that Australia will honour the ANZUS Treaty, and ally with the United States in any conflict arising between the U.S. and North Korea. North Korea has repeatedly threatened the United States with nuclear attacks over the last few months and has now threatened […]


UNHCR Condemns ‘Cash-For-Boat Turn Back’

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) representative, Thomas Vargas, has called for legal retribution and condemnation of governments that make payments to smugglers. Amnesty International alleges that Australian officials who paid people smugglers to return to Indonesia have committed transnational crimes. The organization has released a report detailing […]


Uluru Statement From The Heart Supported Despite Its Non-Committal Reception

The Uluru Statement from the Heart report has been met with little enthusiasm by Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, yet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have not given up hope that Australia will make significant constitutional changes in regards to the recognition and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]


The Secretive Brutality Of Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy

Australia’s High Court decided this week that the detention of asylum seekers at the offshore detention centres is not unconstitutional, and indeed well within the powers afforded to the Australian Government. The decision, while surprising few who advocate for a change in Australia’s draconian policies, is nonetheless disappointing. Australia’s policy […]


Australia And Its Asylum Problem: Refugees Denied Medical Aid

Last week, a whistleblower within Australia’s refugee detention centre on the Pacific island nation of Nauru claimed that around 50 refugees and asylum seekers are being refused oversees medical treatment against the pressured advice of medical professionals. At least four of those being refused medical help are pregnant women wishing […]