Australia


Overwhelming Generousity In The Pacific

A joint New Zealand Herald and World Vision effort to raise funds for those living in the remote Pacific has raised $216,000 to the Hidden Pacific campaign. The New Zealand Herald journalists Kirsty Johnston and Mike Scott, and World Vision ambassador Clarke Gayford travelled to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands to […]


Is History Repeating Itself? Pondoland Residents Strive To Conserve Their Land In Fight Reminiscent Of 1960s Apartheid Struggle

With a year having passed since the murder of environmental activist Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe, the number of arrests and charges made remains unjustifiably at zero. Witnessed by his 17-year-old son at their home in Pondoland, Rhadebe was shot 8 times in the head. The brutal murder of Rhadebe and his […]


Extrajudicial Killings And Human Rights Abuses In The Philippines: What Can Australia Do?

In previous weeks, I have discussed the human rights concerns over the ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines, and how Australia can improve its own human rights record. This report will build on and converge these ideas to investigate how Australia can advocate for and improve human rights in Southeast […]


Trump Administration Hosts Anti-ISIS Summit

President Donald Trump has invited 68 coalition nation’s fighting with Islamic State to meet in Washington. The Summit, which is a ministerial-level gathering of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, is led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It has been two years fighting against ISIS, and this meeting will […]


Pakistan Holds Female Lawmakers Conference, Hopes To Bring Gender Equality And Democracy

Pakistan hosted a three-day conference in which female lawmakers from 12 nations focused on the role of women within democracy. The theme for the conference was, “the role of women parliamentarians in strengthening democracy and social justice.” It included lawmakers from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Australia, Romania, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, […]


Australia’s “Angry Summer” Driven By Climate Change

Australia’s independent Climate Council recently released a report titled “Angry Summer 2016/2017: Climate Change Super-Charging Extreme Weather.” The paper detailed key findings relating to Australia’s 2016/17 summer and the impact of intense heat waves across the majority of Australia’s east coast, contrasted with record summer rainfalls and flooding in the […]