Oceania

Australia’s Carmichael Coal Mine: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room?

(Picture: Takver, Flickr)

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them” – George Orwell. The Australian government’s approval in April of the Carmichael Coal and Rail Project, just 3 months after ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change, illustrates a paradox at the …

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The Whanganui River and Indigenous Property Rights

Ever since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (Tiriti o Waitangi) in 1840, it has been plagued by controversy. From alleged differences in the English and Māori versions, to the land grabbing that followed, and, lastly, the treaty settlement process in the 20th century, the controversy has by no means …

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November Election Bonanza – 4 Non-American Elections You Don’t Want to Miss

Not getting enough news about the American election on November 8? Or are you perhaps tired of all the drama surrounding it? No matter your standpoint, here are four other presidential elections taking place in November that you shouldn’t miss. Palau First out on the election schedule is the island …

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Australia’s Identity Conflict: The Unseen Battle between Us and Them

In today’s globally connected world, it’s easy to become another person in the crowd. As to not become lost in the sea of people, we gather together in groups of those with whom we identify. Identity groups are numerous; one rarely identifies in just one or two groups. Your identity …

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Disappearing paradise: How will the Pacific island people cope with the rising sea?

Kiribati is a Pacific Island facing the immediate impact of rising sea levels and has been looking towards relocation as a possible solution. Forced migration due to climate change has put pressure on urban cities and tensions have risen around questions of national moral responsibility. What will be the fate …

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The truth is (probably) in the numbers: the excel sheets that could topple giants

The use of opinion polls in elections goes back to the early 19th century, though the current method of representative sampling was developed in the 1930’s. Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first presidential candidate to use polling in the election of 1932, but it was after John F. Kennedy successfully …

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Can Australia be kicked out of Asia?

Australia has always thought of itself as a special country, they even have a mantra about being ‘the lucky country’.  This ideology has not helped Australia’s perpetual identity crisis, and has resulted in the country questioning where it belongs. Can the answer to this come from football (soccer), and is …

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New Zealand, is it time for re-branding?

New Zealand has been stuck in a perpetual identity crisis, but perhaps a solution is on the horizon. Taking inspiration from companies such as Apple and Starbucks maybe an image makeover is what this country needs to move forward out of their postcolonial slump. The proposed re-branding is to change …

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Is Australia outsourcing its refugee obligations to Cambodia?

During the last two decades, arguments concerning who can claim belonging in Australia, and fears surrounding border security, have been at the forefront of Australian media and political debates. This is especially true when it comes to asylum seekers arriving by boat. The politicisation of asylum seekers arriving by boat …

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