101 East Al Jazeera – Myanmar’s Jade Curse

In this photoblog, Al Jazeera's journalist Chan Tau Chou talks about what he saw when he snuck into a jade mine in Myanmar. https://web.facebook.com/101East/videos/873033129396835/ Photo Credit: 101 East Al Jazeera English.

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Myanmar – Energy & Conflicts

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is stepping into a new era. Economic prosperity is within its grasp and much of it is due to natural resources. In Rakhine state, where natural gas is believed to be in abundance, major oil and gas companies are investing in on and off shore exploration projects. But at the same … Continue reading Myanmar – Energy & Conflicts

NSW Public Libraries Funding Crisis

Broken promises:  NSW State Government's contribution in funding its public libraries is the lowest in the country. It currently contributes only 7 cents out of every dollar of costs.  In the run up to the 2011 NSW state government elections there were various undertakings made by the then opposition, Liberal-National Coalition, to increase funding. According … Continue reading NSW Public Libraries Funding Crisis

Public housing residents relocation – “They are about mobilising high value real estates” expert says.

When the NSW government announced its proposal to sell-off public housing in Millers Point and The Rocks area it sparked a public outrage from residents, tenants advocacy groups and the local council. The announcement was made on March 19 and according to the media release issued by MP Pru Goward, Minister for Family and Community … Continue reading Public housing residents relocation – “They are about mobilising high value real estates” expert says.

Hazara

As the asylum seekers debate continues to dominate Australia's political landscape the voice of the people who seek asylum  is rarely heard. Often their method of arrival becomes a topic of discussion while their plight is sidelined.  This short documentary is about the plight of the Hazara people. Predominantly from Afghanistan large communities are living … Continue reading Hazara

Australian Love Story

2013 marks the 41st anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Australia and China. China has become Australia's two-way major trading partner with trade valued over $100 billion. But long before 1972, the relationship between these two nations was built not by politicians but rather by ordinary Australians. They changed the makeup of Australian society as … Continue reading Australian Love Story

Over representation of Aboriginal Australians in prison

A decision made by the High Court of Australia recently in the Bugmy vs The Queen marks a step towards reducing the number of Aboriginal Australians in prison. The court ruled that the experiences of aboriginal people must be considered before handing down sentences. The Australian Institute of Criminology's Deaths in custody in Australia to 30 June 2011 … Continue reading Over representation of Aboriginal Australians in prison