Oceania


Surrogacy Markets: An Ethical And Legal Approach

Surrogacy is not a new phenomenon. For thousands of years, women have nominated others to give birth on their behalf. However, technological advances such as IVF, softening of cultural attitudes and the trend of having children later have fuelled a recent boom in surrogacy. In the past two decades, it […]


Refugees In Indonesia Suffer Huge Consequences From Australian Funding Cuts

Indonesia is not a signatory member of the 1951 Refugee Convention, but it hosts 14,000 registered refugees, as per UNHCR records. However, Indonesia surprised the world in December 2016, when President Joko Widodo filled a legal vacuum by issuing a decree to ensure that refugees are not arbitrarily expelled or […]


Indigenous Australian Imprisonment Rates Are The Highest In The World: A Justice Reinvestment Approach is Needed

Indigenous Australians are the most imprisoned people in the world as the country enters “a second convict age”, a federal parliamentarian has revealed in a paper published on August 26. Labor Frontbencher and economist Dr. Andrew Leigh’s analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that the rate of indigenous […]


Yang Hengjun: A Diplomatic Hostage 1

Diplomatic relations between Australia and China have become increasingly antagonistic as Australian writer and political commentator, Yang Hengjun, continues to be held by Chinese authorities. Earlier this week, attempts by the Australian government to return Yang home failed as China formally charged the pro-democracy advocate with “espionage.” In response, Australian […]


The Uluru Climb: Another Political Stunt By Pauline Hanson 1

In her campaign against the impending climbing ban placed on Uluru, last week Pauline Hanson travelled to the Northern Territory. Her sights were set on hiking up the iconic Australian natural landmark. It is a decision which has been criticized as an attention-seeking ploy that clearly disregards Indigenous cultural sensitivities. […]


Push From Australian State Government And Victorian Youth Activists Against Racism

In July, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) teamed up with the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) to launch a pilot of a new community reporting tool that will allow culturally and linguistically diverse groups to report incidences of racism and discrimination. The community reporting […]


National Livelihood On The Line As Pacific Islands Speak Out Against Australia’s Fossil Fuel Reliance

Pacific Island nations’ futures are increasingly threatened by human contributions to climate change. Last week, 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum met to discuss pressing national issues. The regional summit saw tension between Australian leadership and smaller Pacific island governments on issues of climate change, fossil fuel reliance, and […]


Australia Refuses To Acknowledge Climate Crisis At Pacific Islands Forum

Tensions ran high at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu, with a climate crisis declaration in the Pacific region being a cause for contention amongst regional leaders. Island-dominated nations in the area sought a consensus on climate goals, with many of these nations already bearing the brunt of rising […]


Climate Change: A Human Rights Issue

Climate Change is the most pressing issue of the 21stcentury and is at the epicentre of humanity’s concerns for the future as we face environmental crises on an unprecedented and alarming scale. Climate Change or the deleterious malformation of our Earth’s natural weather patterns pose intersectional challenges to the quality […]