Pulling back the vines on backpacker labour

    For many young backpackers, coming to Australia is a dream. For some, it’s their first time to travel outside of their own country. But what is an adventure for most turns into exploitation for others. Travellers in Australia between the ages of 18-31 are eligible for Working Holiday visas which entitle them to…

Palliative care lends a helping hand

An edited version of this was published in The Jakarta Post on 14/2/18 In a high-density neighbourhood in North Jakarta, nurse Susi is visiting one of her patients. Dea (not her real name) is 18 months old and she is HIV positive. At her young age has already had a serious bout of pneumonia which…

Wealth, prosperity and silk

  An edited version of this was printed in The Jakarta Post on 3/2/2018 Embroidery, Chinese motifs, bold colours, and silk kick off the lunar new year for fashion. last week designer Ghea Panggabean, one of Indonesia’s most prolific home-grown designers, launched a new collection to mark the lunar new year. Her new collection “Selendang…

A 30,000 Person “Yes” for Marriage Equality

Over 30,000 protesters gathered at Town Hall in Sydney today in what was the country’s biggest marriage equality rally, more than doubling the previous record breaking march in Melbourne. The protesters marched from Town Hall square to Customs House causing the streets in the CBD to be closed for more than 45 minutes to accommodate…

Sydney pride protest fronted by a new generation of activists

Holly is 13 years old. She’s in year 8 at high school. And she, along with her friends, represent a new generation of LGBT activism. Around 500 members of and allies to the LGBT community, including Holly, gathered at Town Hall in Sydney in opposition to the policies of prime minister Malcolm Turnball and United…

Bondi’s “Great Wall” Stands Against Plastic

Bondi residents and environmental activists built a giant sandcastle wall on Sunday morning to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the ocean. The event, “Wall Up Bondi”, was organised in cooperation with a number of local activism groups including the Surfrider Foundation Bondi, Eko Buddy, Take 3 and Transition Sydney. The wall stretched from the…