ASEAN Faces Pressure After Indonesian Fishermen Rescue Rohingya Refugees At Sea

On Thursday, June 25, Indonesian fishermen pulled 94 Rohingyas, including 30 children, to shore with the aid of maritime officials from Sumatra Island. Local authorities in the Indonesian province of Aceh had initially refused to take in those who were floating out at sea for five months, citing fears that […]

The Destruction Of Aboriginal Heritage And The Commercialisation Of Australia’s Outback

Mining in Australia continues to disempower Indigenous people. The fact that heritage destruction still occurs in contemporary mining exposes clear systemic flaws. Many injustices in mining go unreported as resource extraction activities can be hard to critically assess. It involves complex legal contracts which try to realign communities with stolen […]

New Zealand Has Successfully Eliminated COVID-19 – What This Means For NZ And The Rest Of The World

New Zealand is one of the first countries to successfully eliminate COVID-19 entirely from its population, this is a substantial milestone in the worlds’ fight against the pandemic. Because of this, it has been recognised through the global media and they have been celebrating with us as we commemorate our […]

India And Australia Strengthen Military Partnership Through Signing Of Various Agreements

India and Australia have progressed interstate relations after signing a bundle of military agreements through virtual summit on Thursday. Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Scott Morrison employed two bilateral pacts for the “deepening of the defense relationship” between the nations as tensions increase in the Indo-Pacific region. One of the […]

No Justice, No Peace: Australia’s Controversial Response To Its Own Black Lives Matter Movement

George Floyd has left a legacy that resonates around the world. His untimely death as a result of racial profiling and abuses of power has ignited global variants of protests against police brutality. The string that connects these global movements, march in support of Black Lives Matter by linking it […]

What We Must Be Cautious Of After Coronavirus

Australia’s economic reliance on China has revealed itself to be a weakness in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. Throughout the early 2000s, Chinese economic growth brought with it the conventional wisdom that liberalization, openness and freedom would permeate the authoritarian regime controlling China. However, this did not happen. […]

China’s Tightening Grip: Hong Kong Security Plan Approved

Fear has been evoked into the citizens of Hong Kong as a result of the Chinese parliament approving national security legislation. On Thursday May 28th, the country’s legislature approved a plan to suppress secession, subversion, terrorism and seemingly any acts that may threaten national security in the semiautonomous city. Beijing […]

Australia Calls On G20 Nations To Launch An Inspection On Wet Wildlife Markets Following COVID-19 Outbreak

The term “wet markets” has been brought into public interest since a wet wildlife market in Wuhan, China was identified as the potential source of the COVID-19 outbreak in early December. The UN Biodiversity Chief, many U.S. Officials, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases called for their […]

Facebook Sued In Australia Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

We don’t bat an eye when, after having a conversation about jogging within earshot of a phone, the next time we open Google, all of the ads are tailored to jogging. Yes, we mention how creepy it is that the software is always listening, but we don’t get upset the way people have with Cambridge Analytica- and Google doesn’t get sued for selling that data to Nike, the way Facebook has for selling it to Cambridge Analytica.

Potential Disproportionate Effect Of COVID-19 On Incarcerated Indigenous Australians

Lawyers from Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (ALSNSW/ACT) have successfully fought in court for the early release of an Aboriginal dad in custody, whose underlying health condition puts him at severe risk should he contract the COVID-19 virus. The win for ALSNSW/ACT lawyers comes after emergency powers were afforded to the […]

We Need To Get Rid Of Harmony Day

On 21st March 1960, protestors in Sharpeville, South Africa were demonstrating against the country’s discriminatory apartheid laws when police opened fire, killing 69 innocent people and wounding 180 more. Information and photos of what we now refer to as “The Sharpeville Massacre” circulated around the world, demonstrating the brutality of […]

Do Not Deport Your Problems – Australia And New Zealand’s Deportation Troubles

In recent bilateral talks between the Australian and New Zealand governments, Prime Minister Ardern voiced her frustrations with Australia’s treatment of New Zealand migrants. While highlighting the reality that New Zealand migrants are unable to fully contribute to Australian society, she said to Prime Minister Morrison at a press conference […]

Australia’s Contribution Towards Peace Within Bougainville And Papua New Guinea

A joint supervisory body meeting between representatives of the government of Papua New Guinea (P.N.G.) and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (A.B.G.) will be held on 6th March to discuss the outcomes of an independence referendum that was held in Bougainville from 23rd November to 7th December last year. Those present […]

Hyper-Partisanship Is Destroying Western Democracies

The cornerstone of all strong democracies is a multi-party system which often (though not exclusively) includes two major parties, one liberal and one conservative. In an ideal democracy, one would choose which party to vote for based upon which seemed to have the stronger policies in any given election. However, […]

Hyper-Partisanship Is Destroying Western Democracies

The cornerstone of all strong democracies is a multi-party system which often (though not exclusively) includes two major parties, one liberal and one conservative. In an ideal democracy, one would choose which party to vote for based upon which seemed to have stronger policies in any given election. However, all […]

EU, UK Set Out Conflicting Red Lines For Post-Brexit Deal

On Monday, February 3rd, the European Union’s Chief Trade Negotiator, Michel Barnier, released its goals for Brexit. They envision the United Kingdom and the European Union to be on an equal playing field in terms of trade, with no advantages to either side. The EU also seeks “non-regression” in terms […]