Montana Vaisey

About Montana Vaisey

Montana is studying International Relations and Law at Deakin University. She is passionate about resource shortages and policy development.

Racism In Representation – The Comments Of Senator Fraser Anning

Earlier this week, Fraser Anning, the newest Senator for Queensland elected on the platform of Bob Katter’s Australian Party, used his first speech to spurt racially charged bigotries. The speech called for a “final solution to the immigration problem” that would “end Australian-job-stealing 457 visas and make student visas conditional […]

Driving Forward? A Look At What The Right To Drive Means For Saudi Arabian Women

This week marks a landmark event for Saudi Arabia – the long-standing ban on women driving was lifted on June 24. The country’s General Department of Traffic is expecting to issue 2,000 drivers licences in the coming weeks. This reform, that was first announced by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin […]

Deforestation In India: Is The Draft National Forest Policy Compatible With The 33% Goal?

The Center for Global Development recently released a “Future of Forests” study that looks at the impact of tropical deforestation and the results are alarming. The study projected the future of tropical deforestation both with and without carbon pricing schemes and found that globally, 289 million hectares of tropical forest […]

Modern Piracy – A Little More Complicated Than Pirates Of The Caribbean

Today piracy is seen as a romantic idea. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley have welcomed us all into a world of excitement and swashbuckling love on the high seas. In reality, however, piracy isn’t like that. Instead, it thrives on corruption and instability, accounting for a multimillion-dollar business […]

Germany To Cease Arms Shipments To Parties In The Yemen Conflict

Germany has announced that it will stop selling arms to all parties involved in the Yemen conflict. The commendable decision will affect Germany’s weapons sales to Saudi Arabia which totaled almost $550 USD million in the third quarter of 2017 alone – after increasing five-fold in the previous year. Hopefully […]

Corruption In Ukraine Revealed

A secret Ukrainian court ruling has been released by Al Jazeera. Revealing how the country’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovich stole billions from the country before his 2014 expulsion. Yanukovich, who is now residing in Russia, siphoned an estimated $1.5bn from Ukraine through an intricate network of more than 400 countries. The […]

Indian Lawmakers Take Another Step Towards Ending The Instant Divorce Practice Of ‘Triple Talaq’

This week has seen the Indian federal government take the countries first step towards ending the Muslim practice of ‘triple talaq.’ The Narendra Modi government introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2017 to the Indian lower house, the Lok Sabha, on Thursday. The draft bill was […]

Will Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Election Mark The End Of Zimbabwe’s Era Of Corruption?

Zimbabwe’s leading party, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front, or ZANU-PF, welcomed a new leader last week – 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa has been a long-time friend of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, and like his predecessor, has been accused of corruption and repression. Mnangagwa will hold his position […]

Racial Tensions Boiling Over In India

Mohammad Afrazul, a 48-year-old labourer who was working in the west Indian state of Rajsamand, was hacked to pieces and burned to death while onlookers filmed. His crime? His beliefs. The video, which was posted on YouTube shows Afrazul’s attacker leading him into a secluded spot and attacking him with a […]

Curfew Declared As Corruption Continues To Divide Honduras

Earlier this week Honduras held its second election since the military coup of 2009, something that should – in theory – mark a celebration of the countries move towards transparency. However, the election has proven to be anything but. While the election was held on the 26th of November there […]