Stories about Oceania from October, 2014
GV Face: Asylum Seekers Are Fleeing Conflict to Face Brutal Politics in Europe and Australia
According to the UNHCR, 612,700 applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific last year – the highest since 2001.
Pacific Islanders Block Coal Ships at Australian Port to Protest Climate Change
Using hand carved canoes, the Pacific climate warriors, along with dozens of Australians in kayaks, were able to prevent 10 scheduled ships from passing through the Newcastle coal port.
Online Tributes Pour in for Former Australian PM, ‘Giant’ Gough Whitlam
"Like so many of my generation I owe Mr Whitlam the privilege of a university education because he made it free of financial charges. MERCI."
Burqa Banished Behind Glass in Australian Parliament
The decision to relegate people wearing a burqa or other facial covering behind glass in Australia's parliament has stirred controversy.