Australia


West Papuan Independence And The Australian Perspective

The West Papuan independence movement has been ongoing for more than half a century. Since the 1962-1963 Indonesian takeover of West Papuan territory, West Papuans have endured political and social persecution, without any substantial help from the international community. This piece will look specifically at the relationship between West Papua […]


North Korea Releases Detained Australian Student

Alek Sigley, who went missing in North Korea last week, has been “released and safe” as declared by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The 29-year-old Australian was reported missing in late June but was freed on Thursday after Swedish officials in Pyongyang met with the North Korean government. According to […]


Crisis In Australia’s Offshore Detention Centers 1

On June 26 2019, President of the United States Donald Trump tweeted, “These flyers depict Australia’s policy on Illegal Immigration. Much can be learned!” along with pictures of flyers distributed by the Australian government. The flyers had foreboding statements such as “You will not make Australia home”, “You won’t be […]


Crackdown On Journalists Raises Concerns Over Protection Of Whistle-Blowers And Press Freedom in Australia 1

On June 4 and 5, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) conducted raids on the media, in order to find the identity of whistle-blowers who had provided journalists with confidential information. The first raid targeted News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst’s home in Canberra, for a story published in April 2018. […]


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 […]


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 […]