Opinion pieces

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Millions neglected and in need, but where is Australia’s support for the DRC?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

By Caelin Briggs, Senior Policy Advisor on conflict and displacement. At the start of this year, an estimated 13.1 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There was one other country that recorded the same number of people in need: Syria. But while the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provided more than $50 million to the Syria humanitarian appeals in the past five years, it has given less than $5 million to the DRC humanitarian appeals over the same period.

"Ray of hope" for people who depend on us, as Labor puts aid on the agenda

Friday, December 14, 2018

ALP elders have called on their party to restore humanitarian aid ahead of the ALP conference next week. They lamented the damage aid decline has done to Australia’s international reputation — and they are right to do so.

#KidsOffNauru: the campaign we didn't want

Monday, October 29, 2018

Australia is a signatory to the Convention of the Rights of the Child. It is designed to protect children before they suffer lifelong damage - the sort of damage Australia has inflicted on the refugee children trapped on Nauru.

The real test of leadership starts now – just ask little George

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru brought attention to the refugee children stuck in limbo on their island prison - some for five years. These children and their families need true leadership from Australia's politicians to end their suffering.

Mosul, One Year On From ISIL - A Personal Reflection

Friday, July 20, 2018

Mosul's two million past and current residents still need our help. We owe it to children like Omar and Ahmed to not forget them.

Australia Takes a Lead Role in Fight to Eradicate Malaria

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

We've made great progress reducing the number of malaria cases. But recently we’ve taken our foot off the pedal. Still, a child dies from malaria every two minutes. This week’s Malaria World Congress could not come soon enough.

Broadening Market Participation Vital to Break the Poverty Cycle

Friday, June 29, 2018

When you you know small enterprises account for 60-70 per cent of total global employment and 50 per cent of Gross Domestic Product, it makes sense why small businesses and the markets they comprise affect everyone.

Celebrating Refugees' Resilience and Perserverence

Monday, June 25, 2018

"To see a World in a grain of sand, And a Heaven in a wild flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And Eternity in an hour." – Auguries of Innocence

The Way Australia Cooks its Refugee Books is Just Not Cricket

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

We have little to be proud of in our treatment of refugees. We need to honestly shine a light on our country's shame.

China May Have Spurred Australia's Aid Spending, But it Will Pay Off

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Government's agreement to fund the undersea cable between Australia and the Solomon Islands demonstrates that the importance and effectiveness of development assistance generally is now dawning on more minds in Canberra.