Category: Humanitarian

Humanitarian

Can Canberra change?

Don’t expect niceties and lip service at this year’s International Women’s Day. Women are feeling the raw injustice of what is happening in Canberra (of what isn’t happening) and many are feeling frustrated and angry. But, with the PM dismissing calls for action, will we see any change?

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Ingenious toy for visually impaired kids

Lego Braille Bricks – a fun toy designed for visually impaired kids – has just been launched in Australia. Schools and educators are given the blocks for free so that kids can turn learning braille into a fun thing. Kids are raving about it (of course, it’s Lego) so let’s find out more…

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Toilet paper outperforms corporate Australia

It is said that Simon Griffiths had the idea to create Who Gives a Crap in the bathroom. A producer of toilet paper that would donate 50 per cent of profit to sanitation projects in developing countries. It has just made its biggest donation ever – outperforming Atlassian and Qantas.

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Homelessness figures on the up

Last year 40,000 rough sleepers were moved into temporary housing. Governments announced spending to fund social housing and there were hopes many, if not most, of these people would eventually move into their own homes. What is happening to now? As it turns out, the news is not all good.

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Racism a matter for all Australians

Collingwood’s leaked report on racism within the club came as no surprise. And if it weren’t for Eddie McGuire’s attempt at spinning its findings, it wouldn’t have been getting this much airtime. The discussion on racism in Australia takes centre stage once again. And that’s a good thing.

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Australian children do not belong in prisons

The push to lift the age of criminal responsibility for children from 10 to 14 years may have failed last year but the world is watching. At a recent UN gathering, 30 countries condemned the Australian government over high rates of child incarceration. They are demanding change.

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Asylum seekers freed from detention

It would have been easy to miss the news that the government is quietly releasing refugees from detention. A third group of refugees, including one woman, brought to Australia under now-repealed Medevac laws has just been released. We take a look at what’s been happening – and why.

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Humanitarian crises go underreported

Coverage of the pandemic dominated world headlines in 2020. But did you know that the launch of PlayStation 5 received 26 times more news attention than 10 humanitarian crises combined? Over 230 million people are in desperate need of help but you most likely never heard about it.

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Home for Christmas

Like Trump claiming yet again he won’t vacate the White House, 2020 is throwing another temper tantrum. And while we may hear in the next few days that’s all it is – a small(ish) outbreak exclusive to the Northern Beaches – we are back to where we started in March. At home.

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Sorry, no cash on me

The transition to going cash-free was supercharged this year. “An ATM machine,” we eye-roll, “who even bothers?” But what if spare change was your main source of income? Charities, buskers and beggars angling for gold-coin donations are now missing out on vital support.

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For the love of chocolate

Before you throw a few Christmas-themed boxes of chocolates in your shopping trolley, consider this: 20 years ago, the world’s major chocolate producers pledged to stamp out child exploitation. Today, two million kids in West Africa still work in slave-like conditions. Here’s what brands to get behind this Christmas.

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Biloela family’s third Christmas in detention

Asylum seekers are held in detention for longer than ever before and far longer than any comparable country. While Australia gets ready for a Christmas out of lockdown, Kopika and Tharunicaa will be facing the festivities in detention – ironically, on Christmas Island.

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