January 17, 2020

My country is burning. 

The Australian bushfires have turned the skies from blue, to a deathly black, to a scorching red. The fires have killed 25 people since September 2019, as well as 500,000,000 mammals, birds and reptiles – the equivalent of burning down the Bronx...

March 30, 2019

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s immediate response to the Christchurch shootings as a far-right terrorist attack have been praised. In vowing to never utter the name of the individual responsible for the killings, calling him an ‘extremist, criminal, terror...

January 11, 2019

Even in these heady days of Brexit and Trump, Australian politics continues to lead the way in its example of absolute political chaos. In the time Angela Merkel has been German Chancellor, Australia has had six Prime Ministers, and so it is not surprising that at the...

November 14, 2018

The United States has been the dominant player in the Pacific since the end of World War Two and has a well-established military presence in the region. Knowing this, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been engaging in a systematic effort to draw Pacific nations...

September 30, 2018

In 2008 Kevin Rudd came to power in Australia on a Labour Party platform that promised change for minorities and indigenous peoples in the nation. In his famous ‘apology speech’ Rudd apologised for a century of policies that aimed to make Australia a white Europeanised...

January 18, 2018

The legalisation of same-sex marriage is an extraordinary achievement for a country with a relatively conservative social policy. However, it has only legally resolved one of the many stigmas that plague all echelons of Australian politics and many sections of Australi...

March 10, 2016

Phtograph: Flickr, Image Courtesy: Freedom House 

Following the recent Jakarta attacks on the 14th of January 2016 in Indonesia it appears that terrorism is no longer an act of terror but is instead an obsession to reach a political goal. The questions that arose procee...

February 29, 2016

Photograph: Flickr 

Australia Day is a national public holiday celebrated across Australia on the 26th January every year. It is a day to celebrate the first fleet of British ships that docked at New South Wales in 1788. Captain Arthur Phillip came with 11 convict ships...

December 23, 2015

Photograph: Flickr / Veni Markovski 

 

‘Here’ is leadership in Australian politics. As keen observers will note, new Prime Minister Turnbull was leader of the Liberal Party in 2008, and Leader of the Opposition, opposite then Labour Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Both were t...

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