Asking The Big Question: Are Our Countries Really Doing Enough To Stop/Slow Down Climate Change?

For years, climate change was an issue that the majority of politicians around the world did not even acknowledge. It was put on the back burner because of other issues and crises that needed immediate attention. Now, it is a headlining article around the globe as world leaders now scramble […]

The 30-Year Global Private Prison Experiment Has Failed

This report will look at the experiences of countries where private prisons are most heavily relied upon to show why their use is so often detrimental to all involved (except big corporations). The four countries which account for the majority of their use are the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and […]

16 Days Of Activism: Islamophobia And Australian Muslim Women

Last week in Sydney’s multicultural hub, a group of friends sat at the front of a Parramatta café, pondering the menu while chatting. CCTV footage shows that the three women—all hijab-wearing, with one heavily pregnant—were approached by an older man who began seemingly innocuous conservation. Within mere seconds of this […]

Catastrophic Bushfires Destroy Homes And Take Lives In Australia 1

Bushfire season is simply a part of life for those in the northern areas of Australia. However, this year New South Wales has been particularly hard hit, with the Greater Sydney region declaring catastrophic fire danger for the first time ever. So far over 760 houses and 6 lives have […]

Nuclear Peace: Australia’s Oxymoron

The first legally binding international agreement of its kind, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was passed by the UN General Assembly on 7 July, 2017. The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty comprehensively prohibits the use and threat of use of nuclear weapons alongside the development, testing, production, […]

One Night in Sofia: Jock Palfreeman Unexpectedly Released On Parole

Sentenced initially in 2009, Paul ‘Jock’ Palfreeman was found guilty of the murder of Bulgarian law student, Andrei Monov, and of intent to murder Antoan Zahariev. The Australian, who was travelling abroad in Bulgaria’s capital, was handed a 20-year sentence for his involvement in a 2007 street brawl: Palfreeman stabbed […]

Australia’s Epidemic Of Violence Against Women

Within the previous fortnight, seven Australian women were murdered. Except for two friends, these victims did not know each other – they were from across Australia, from various ages with different socioeconomic backgrounds and relationship statuses. Yet, they share a thread that indirectly weaves their experiences together: all women met […]

“Fails The Human Rights Test”: Australia’s Cashless Welfare Card

Since its 2016 trial beginnings in rural Australian towns, the Coalition’s enforcement of the Cashless Welfare Card has been a contested issue. Now, with the Morrison government’s new plans to expand the scope of its power, further restrictions will limit the spending habits of welfare recipients from selected towns. While […]

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 […]