Category: Australia

Gough Whitlam and Bangladesh

Barrister Harun ur Rashid, a former Bangladesh Ambassador to the UN, Geneva, looks back into Bangladesh-Australia relationship during the period of the Labor Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Edward Gough Whitlam.

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Whitlam: A legacy

Edward Gough Whitlam, Labor Prime Minister of Australia 1972-1975 died earlier today, aged 98. Sean Barry shares his thoughts on the passing of a Australian political legend and his thanks for what Gough gave his country, sentiments shared by a vast majority of Australians, regardless of background.

Australia’s Border Protection Policies: Putting Forward Some Alternatives

Debates about refugee intakes, illegal immigrants, asylum seekers, and immigration more generally often lack precise alternatives that deal with this complicated problem. In this article Simon Katterl takes a look at the current dilemma of offshore processing and advocates the logical alternative, showing how onshore processing should be more transparent, cheaper, easier on refugees and connected to regional processing agreements.

Should Sinking Islands in the South Pacific Worry Us?

The threat that global warming and rising sea levels poses for Pacific Islands is well-known to those outside the region. A less understood threat is that posed by weak government and environmental regulations in the region. In this article, Sean Jacobs points out saving the Pacific requires more than tackling global emissions and claims that local leaders are using the focus on rising sea levels to abrogate their own environmental responsibilities.