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Stories about Australia

25 October 2018

No more photos of sleeping MPs? New rules restrict what media can cover in Tasmania Parliament

"Who do these politicians think they are? They are elected by the public, and the public is absolutely entitled to see how they behave."

2 September 2018

Australia denies Chelsea Manning entry while New Zealand gives visa thumbs up

"Hatemongers and racists like Lauren Southern and Milo [Yiannopoulos] are apparently fine, but a hero like Chelsea Manning is considered a threat."

27 August 2018

Another Australian prime minister deposed by internal party coup

"Funny how they call young people snowflakes and entitled when they are the most emotional, inconsistent and self-serving lot in this whole country."

3 August 2018

Cricket Australia under fire for sacking female employee over abortion reform tweets

"Clearly 1951 rolls on down the corridors of Cricket Australia, a halcyon place where a woman’s place is out the door. It’s not Cricket. It’s institutional misogyny."

27 July 2018

Australian conference debates threats to human rights in the Asia-Pacific

The message from Australia's human rights law conference: We cannot just “support human rights until it gets hard”.

13 July 2018

First Malaria World Congress explores ways forward as elimination efforts stall

The message from the 1st Malaria World Congress: "We're at a crossroads. We neglect #malaria at our peril."

Nauru bans the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from the Pacific Islands Forum

"If we allow ourselves to get into a situation where our ability to report is predicated on how positive our coverage is, then we can’t do our job."

15 June 2018

This digital novel narrates the violence against ethnic Chinese during the 1998 riots in Indonesia

"20 years on, 1998 is barely acknowledged. There [are] a lot of things to be done in terms of healing, to obtain some forms of justice."

14 May 2018

Over 100,000 Melburnians march to #ChangetheRules for job security and better wages

"I've been to rallies that felt like a funeral march. But this was powerful. Every one of the 120,000 ppl on Melbourne's streets today is fired up... to #ChangeTheRules!"

1 May 2018

Senior Vatican Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on sexual offence charges in Australia

"Sending love to all those victims who will be giving evidence. It takes an enormous amount of strength to stand up like this."

6 March 2018

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Honors the First Pride March Marred by Police Violence 40 Years Ago

"Shoutout to the #78ers. Shoutout also to the ’70s LGBT activists who weren’t at the first #MardiGras for whatever reason....We all stand on the shoulders of giants."

26 February 2018

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce Quits As Private Affair Becomes Public Scandal

The Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has resigned after his affair with a staff member turned the spotlight on his political integrity.

22 February 2018

Australian MP George Christensen's Joke Gun Photo Denounced as Threat Against ‘Greenie Punks’

Just days after the Parkland Florida student massacre, an Australian politician posted a photo of himself firing a pistol asking, “You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?”

15 February 2018

Hannah Mouncey Becomes First Transgender Player in Australian Women’s State League Football

"I cannot thank the AFL for allowing me to do something that is open to every other Australian and which the science and research has supported all along."

3 February 2018

Top Secret Australian Government Cabinet Files Accidentally Sold Inside Filing Cabinets

"Both the Government and [federal police] want to hoover up all our data whenever they wish, without any proper oversight, but they can't even keep their own shit secure?"

25 January 2018

Rejected by Australia and Condemned to Detention in Indonesia, Refugees Protest Life in Limbo

The Bridge

"Australian NGOs have denounced this 'Indonesian Solution', arguing that their government is paying Jakarta “hundreds of millions of dollars to detain and warehouse asylum seekers."

10 January 2018

Australian Prime Minister Accused of Political Fear-Mongering After Warning of ‘African Gangs’

"The insidious thing about this kind of craven political campaigning is that the details and facts don’t matter."

2 January 2018

‘I Now Feel Free and Can Live My Life.’ Australian Commission Gives Voice to Child Sexual Abuse Survivors

After five years, Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse issued its final recommendations. For many, its real achievement was creating space for survivors to be heard.

14 December 2017

‘We Are One': Same Sex Marriage Becomes Legal Down Under

"Australia legalizing same-sex marriage today should remind us that humanity can only survive when it learns to love one and other."

9 December 2017

Victoria Becomes the First Australian State to Pass Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

As Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalise euthanasia, the country remains divided over what is being called a new, progressive trend in Australian politics.

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