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Five Things the Australian Government Should do to be a Global Compacts Leader

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Globally, developing nations – who have financial and security struggles of their own – host 84 per cent of the world’s refugees. Wealthy nations, including Australia, should be doing far more to support displaced people.

Cricket Ball Tamperers Outrage us, But Pollies Get Away With Cheating on World's Poorest

Thursday, March 29, 2018

As our Federal politicians, many of them with a personal faith, head into their Easter break to contemplate Jesus's teachings, the message of generosity and fairness is as relevant to secular Australia as it is to Christians.

Australia’s Global Rights Carry Global Duties

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Australia cannot convincingly preach adherence to international norms while spurning international obligations and making up its own rules when it chooses.

Urgent Need for Leadership on the Rohingya Crisis

Thursday, February 8, 2018

If there is no change, there is no way to avoid this living hell. The crisis is complex and solutions need to be multi-layered but international governments can act. They can find ways to support Bangladesh, find solutions to this crisis so that the suffering and deaths of more Rohingyans can be averted.

No Quick Fix for Australia's Kids Stuck Between Two Worlds

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sending members of so-called African ‘gangs' back to South Sudanese violence and tribalism for a stint is more likely harden them and produce more radicalised, difficult Australians if they return.

Manus – The Purgatory Made in Australia

Thursday, January 18, 2018

In terms of physical suffering, fear and desperation, there was no comparison. But if Cox’s Bazar brought to mind the gates of hell, then Manus was a purgatory – made in Australia.

Australia's C-Grade Report for Lack of Ambition on Aid

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Australian Government's report card on foreign policy would read "C" for "disappointing" this year. Australia’s aid assistance has yet again been relegated to second-class status in Australia’s global engagement – not even worthy of a mention in the speeches made to launch it.

I've Visited Many Terrible Refugee Camps but Cox's Bazar Felt Like the Gates of Hell

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In a wretched makeshift refugee camp at Cox's Bazar, near the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar, I am sitting on the ground, sweltering under a 'shelter' of black plastic talking with three small orphans, aged eight, six and four -- whose lives have been suddenly and violently reshaped. They are among more than a million people now clinging to life in drenching heat.

Why the Manus Asylum Seekers Should be Brought to Australia

Friday, July 21, 2017

After four grim years it’s time to resettle asylum seekers stranded on Manus and Nauru here in Australia. The situation is sliding into chaos at the Manus Detention Centre, as water and power is cut off building by building, leaving people without access to phones or toilets.

With a Lion Behind and the Sea in Front, G20 Leaders Head to Hamburg

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Not far from Hamburg’s heavily-guarded Messe und Congress, the convention centre where much of the business of the G20 summit will be done, is an abandoned theatre, the Rote Flora, now a graffiti-covered squat where the blazing red banners of anti-G20 activists this week are proclaiming: ‘Welcome to Hell’.