Oceania


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 […]


UK Suspends Arms Exports To Saudi Arabia: Australia to Follow?

On June 21st, the British government’s transfer of weapons to Saudi Arabia was deemed unlawful by the UK Court of Appeal. The transfer was deemed unlawful as a result of neglect on the government’s behalf to assess the past conduct of the recipient of the export, in particular Saudi Arabia’s […]


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 […]


WeChat And AliPay: Transforming Or Disrupting NZ Businesses?

On 4 July 2019, the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence held a revolutionary speaker event on the new payment and integration technology of WeChat and the Chinese payment system AliPay. Specifically, the speaker Ralph Shale addressed some key discussion points from Chinese e-commerce and mobile payments, why it matters, […]