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Stories about Oceania

27 April 2016

Chinese Big Brother Is Watching You, Even in Australia

"We are concerned that Mr Wu is becoming a victim of the Chinese government’s increasingly intrusive attempts to curb voices of dissent among overseas Chinese."

20 April 2016

In Australia, Learning the Gumbaynggir Language Three Minutes at a Time

Rising Voices

Tune in to an Australian radio show to learn phrases in Gumbaynggirr language. If you happen to miss that episode, head over to their blog to read what you missed.

19 April 2016

Australian Leaders Keep Unspoken Vow of Silence on China's Human Rights Record

"Leaders don't seem to have an issue with criticising countries like Iran, so why dance around China ????"

12 April 2016

Australia’s ‘Stop the Clock’ Movement Fights to Keep Foreign Aid From Falling to Historic Lows

Should cuts to foreign aid go ahead in May as planned, Australian aid would dip to its lowest level since records began in 1960.

27 March 2016

Online Campaign Tells Australia “Hands Off Timor's Oil” as Thousands March in Dili

Using the hashtags #medianlinenow and #HandsOffTimorsOil, the online campaign urges Australia to respect the maritime boundaries of Timor Leste.

25 March 2016

Australia Asked to Stop Stealing Timor-Leste's Oil and Future

Australia is accused of expanding its maritime borders which deprives Timor Leste of its right to own and earn from its oil and gas reserves.

9 March 2016

World Spotlight on Australia's Cardinal Pell at Rome Child Sexual Abuse Hearing

"So ends the testimony of one Cardinal George Pell. So, back to the safety of the Vatican apartments slinks that little ecumenical mind...So, for us Survivors…More Silence."

23 February 2016

Asylum Seeker ‘Baby Asha’ Becomes a Rallying Point for Opponents of Australia's Offshore Detention

Australia's immigration minister confirmed that 1-year old asylum seeker ‘Baby Asha’ would not be deported back to Nauru.

22 February 2016

An Aboriginal Comedy Show in Australia Finds a Mainstream Audience

The TV show "Black Comedy" is a breakout hit in Australia. Co-writer Nakkiah Lui says the secret to its success is that it invites white Australians in for a laugh.

20 February 2016

Oz Comedian's Song Challenges Cardinal to ‘Come Home’ for Child Sex Abuse Hearing

Tim Minchin has attacked Cardinal George Pell in a song and demanded he return home to give evidence to the royal commission on child abuse.

6 February 2016

Calls for Civil Disobedience in Australia Over Children's Offshore Detention

UN:"#LetThemStay: #Nauru is not a safe or appropriate environment to send vulnerable people, esp children."

1 February 2016

An Interactive Digital Archive Helps Preserve Traditional Australian Aboriginal Literature

Rising Voices

The archive features versions of old-time children’s stories, pre- and post-contact histories, books about the environment and hunting, ghost stories, creation stories, and cautionary tales from Australia's Northern Territory.

28 January 2016

Journalist Claims Australian Broadcasting Corporation Barred Him From Reporting on National Broadband Network

Journalist Tony Ross claims that he was barred by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from writing about the controversial National Broadband Network .

22 January 2016

Climate Change Continued to Rear Its Ugly Head in 2015

People around the world were affected by extreme weather events in 2015, the hottest year on record ever.

20 January 2016

Caribbean Social Media Dissects the Tangled Outrage Surrounding Cricketer Chris Gayle's Come-On

"The global condemnation of Chris Gayle’s flirting seems over the top [but] the controversy is a welcome reminder that there are lines of propriety that should not be crossed."

15 January 2016

A Male and Female Take on Cricketer Chris Gayle's Display of Sexism

"Sexism is part of how our society was structured [but] culture and language systems evolve and change. There is no reason we cannot."

Angkety Map Highlights Digital Resources for Australia's Indigenous Language Revitalization

Rising Voices

Angkety map is a new report highlighting digital resources available to Australia's indigenous communities interested in using technology for language preservation and revitalization.

12 January 2016

Is the Level of Vitriol Against Cricketer Chris Gayle Justified?

"The problem for us in the Caribbean is not Chris Gayle and his outlook per se. It’s the casual sexism of Caribbean masculinity in general that needs taking in hand."

5 January 2016

Three Australian Government Ministers Fail Texting 101

Three Australian government ministers have been caught up in controversies of their own making.

Was Caribbean Cricketer Chris Gayle's Come-On Sexist or Silly?

West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has landed himself in a firestorm of criticism after he hit on Australian sports reporter Melanie McLaughlin during a live television interview.

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