Oceania


Taking A Step Towards Greater Transparency Of Immigration Detention Centres 1

The United Nations’ theme for this year’s World Refugee Day, celebrated on 20thJune, is #StepWithRefugees – Take A Step on World Refugee Day. The day encourages supporters around the world to ‘walk, run and cycle the distance refugees cover each year to reach safety’. Asylum Insights reports that as of […]


Australian Reconciliation Week: “Australians Are Ready To Come To Terms With Our History”

National Reconciliation Week is held annually between 27 May and 3 June in Australia. These dates were chosen as they commemorate both the 1967 Referendum and the 1992 Mabo ruling. Both are landmark cases for Indigenous rights as the former amended the Australian Constitution to include Aboriginal people in the […]


Australian Government Remains Quiet On Arms Exports To Saudi Arabia 1

The Australian Government has come under criticism for breaching the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and failing to confront the role its arms exports play in the Yemeni Civil War. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) revealed in February that the federal government had granted an export license and committed more than […]


New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget

In late May, New Zealand announced its budget for the next few years of the Labour government. For the first time, there was a “Wellbeing Budget” announced, a part which looks specifically into the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. This is an incredible first step in making changes to […]


Refugee Suicide Attempts Spike On Manus Island Following Australian Election Results

At least 14 refugees on the island of Manus, Papua New Guinea (P.N.G.), have attempted suicide or committed self-harm. This comes amidst growing desperation following the surprise re-election of Australia’s conservative government on May 18th. The victory of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition defied months of opinion polling  indicating […]


Scott Morrison Declares Victory In Tight Australian Election

On 18 May, 2019, Scott Morrison declared a conservative victory in what became a shockingly close election in Australia. According to Aljazeera, Morrison’s conservative Liberal-National coalition surpassed the latest exit polls that indicated Bill Shorten’s Labor coalition would secure the government handedly. On 22 May, BBC News reported that with […]