Amy Sinclair | 06 June 2018
Small Pacific nations are easy prey for big business, writes Amy Sinclair, for New Matilda.The natural wealth of Pacific nations is disappearing overseas. Unseen and unheard, the voices of Pacific Island communities on the frontline of deforestation, irresponsible mining and seabed exploitation are being overlooked and human rights abuses are going unchecked in remote rural regions.
Amy McQuire | 06 June 2018
In 1988, Aboriginal teenager Mark Haines was found on the train tracks in Tamworth, northern NSW. Immediately, the police thought it was a suicide. That was despite the family knowing that it was “out of character”, and despite the testimony of the train driver who found him, a railway investigator who saw that there was little blood, and a towel folded neatly under his head.
Sara Niner | 06 June 2018
Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part of Australian, American and other aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and theaim is not only to alleviate poverty, but to empower women.
Harold Zwier | 06 June 2018
Befriend a Child in Detention started in 2014 to support refugee and asylum seeker children in detention, by sending them donated new books, writing material and toys. Letters from Australian school children are also placed inside the books we send, as a way of providing something more personal than a plain gift.
| 06 June 2018
Plans to support people on Vanuatu's Ambae who want to relocate to the nearby island of Maewo are being finalised. Ambae's volcano has been erupting since September, but activity increased in April with ash and acid rain ruining crops and contaminating water supplies.
Luke Buckmaster | 10 May 2018
In a scene from the Australian documentary Border Politics, presenter Julian Burnside AO QC visits a strange and surreal garbage dump on the Greek island of Lesbos, located off the coast of Turkey. Strewn across beautiful grassy hills, with aqua blue water visible in the background, is the unsettling sight of thousands upon thousands of life jackets.
Koren Helbig | 10 May 2018
Those dedicated to going plastic-free wonder how to dispose of cat litter or buy cleaning products sans packaging. Share your problems – and solution.
Siktus Harson and Thomas Ora | 10 May 2018
Access to clean water and sanitation is difficult for many Timorese, particularly for those living in rural areas. To help address this, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) have built ten water towers that benefit more than 2,000 people.
Helen Davidson | 10 May 2018
Revived arguments about the removal of Indigenous children from their families are just the latest instalment of a “narrow debate” bringing Australia closer to another Northern Territory-style intervention, writes Helen Davidson for The Guardian.