Eleanor Goodbourn

About Eleanor Goodbourn

Eleanor Goodbourn is a Social Science Student at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. She is majoring in Politics and International Studies, and has a passion for social justice, especially in regards to issues of gender and race.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Timor-Leste’s First Independent Election: Peace And Progress Or Political Instability?

July saw Timor-Leste, or East Timor, undertake its first independent parliamentary election peacefully and enthusiastically, after generations of occupation, war and political instability. However, with Timorese hero and leader of the losing CNRT party, Xanana Gusmao, deciding to withdraw his party from plans to form a coalition government, many are […]

Mapuche Fears Maldonado’s Disappearance Represents A Return To Dictatorship Oppression

The resistance of the Mapuche peoples in Argentina and Chile has recently been amplified by the disappearance of Santiago Maldonado and the arrest of Facundo Jones Huala. Maldonado was allegedly arrested on August 1 during a road block protest in the Chubut province of southern Argentina. He and his fellow […]

A Tribute To Yami Lester: Yankunytjatjara Elder, Order Of Australia, And Nuclear Test Survivor

Indigenous Australian elder and activist Yami Lester died this week at the age of 75. Lester, who died in Alice Springs on Friday, July 21st, 2017 was blinded as a teenager due to the atomic testing at Maralinga in the 1950’s. Nonetheless, Lester went on to become a highly influential […]

EU-Turkey Deal Is A Violation Of Human Rights

The Syrian-Turkish border has been closed for over 2 years. Yet, with the Syrian-Jordan border seriously restricted, Lebanon saturated with refugees, and the war extending into Iraq, asylum seekers are desperate to reach Europe. Over the last two years, however, the European governments have taken increasingly controversial measures to ensure the […]

Independence Celebrations Cancelled In South Sudan As Civil War Persists

Sunday marked South Sudan’s sixth year of independence, but celebrations were cancelled for the second year running due to the civil war and famine that are causing the fastest growing refugee crisis globally. “We are not celebrating… because our situation does not require us to celebrate at a time when […]

Rebel Leader Labelled ‘Terrorist’ As Political Protest Intensifies In Conflict-Ridden Kashmir

The leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group, Syed Salahuddin, operating in conflict-crippled Kashmir, was officially labelled as a ‘terrorist’ by the United States last week. This was in response to increasing activity of rebel militant groups in the area that resulted in a rise in military violence and civilian suppression. […]

Boko Harem Attack Leaves 14 Dead In Maiduguri

Four suicide bombings and an armed attack in Nigeria’s Northeastern city of Maiduguri last week have left fourteen dead and around forty injured. The attack is attributed to the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has carried out similar attacks repeatedly during their eight-year insurgency. Maiduguri has been the epicentre of […]