Christmas Island

Nauru refugee says he has been waiting 10 months for MRI

An Afghan refugee on Nauru claims he has been waiting 10 months for an MRI, despite complaining about acute headaches and spells of …

South-east Asia

Language woken up

Australians haven’t had the present-day European experience of refugees on our streets. If families were napping outside our houses and walking …

Asylum Seekers

Operation Grapple X: How a plucky group of boffins made Britain a nuclear superpower

On the evening of November 8, 1957, over a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean, a scientific test changed the course of British history. At 17.47 GMT, whirring high above Christmas Island in Kiribati, an RAF Valiant – the Vulcan’s higher-altitude big brother – dropped a bomb a hundred times more …

War

SpeedCast: Satellite business growing off global military spending increase

SpeedCast is seeing growing government uptake of its satellite communications services thanks to increasing military spending across the US, the UK, …

South-east Asia

Children are being damaged in detention – Australia's day of reckoning will come

In the tangle of debate about asylum seekers some things are simple. There is no excuse for damaging children in our care<p>It’s been just over three years since I met her for the first time on a frantic visit to Christmas Island. Given just a small window of time by the department of immigration to …

Refugees

Australian politics explainer: the MV Tampa and the transformation of asylum-seeker policy

<i>The Conversation is running a series of explainers on key moments in Australian political history, looking at what happened, its impact then, and its</i> …

Refugees

Millions of Crabs Are Invading Cuba's Streets

The Great Crab Migration of 2017 is underway.<p>Why did the crab cross the road? To get to the Bay of Pigs, apparently. Cuba's roads are currently "carpeted" with red, black, and yellow land crabs on their annual migration to spawn by the sea, according to <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Each year, shortly after the island's …

Cuba

Child asylum seeker wins government payout over Christmas Island detention trauma

Immigration department offers confidential settlement to nine-year-old girl who claims her physical and mental health deteriorated in her 12 months on the island<p>A nine-year-old girl who was held in Christmas Island detention has been awarded a settlement by the immigration department over claims …

Refugees

Iranian child asylum seeker wins payout over detention on Christmas Island

The Federal Government has agreed to pay a confidential settlement to a nine-year-old Iranian asylum seeker over her detention on Christmas …

South-east Asia

Government settles in Christmas Island child detention case

The relieved family of a girl being compensated over her detention on Christmas Island as a five-year-old want to get on with their lives in …

Law

A Guide to Vacationing on Christmas Island

...and why it should really be called Crab Island.<p>There are a few immediate questions that come to mind when one learns about Christmas Island for …

Asia Travel

Cats and Lizards and Monkeys, Oh My! 9 Islands Ruled by Animals

1 of 11<p>Animals Rule!<p>An island of cuddly bunnies! A cay populated by swimming pigs! An isle of diseased monkeys!<p>Okay, maybe that last one isn't so …

Animals

Crossing boundaries: crabs, asylum seekers and therapy on Christmas Island – video

Christmas Island, off the coast of Australia: as 50 million crabs make their slow and ancient migration from the jungle to the ocean’s edge, thousands of people seeking asylum are indefinitely held in a high security detention facility. Poh Lin, a trauma counsellor living on the island, bears …

Immigration

From Jellyfish to Crocodiles: Where to See Unusual Migrations

Butterflies and wildebeests aren't the only species you can find migrating en masse

Nature

'No common bond': Supreme Court judge scuppers Christmas Island class action

Thousands of asylum seekers who were detained on Christmas Island will no longer be able to jointly sue the Commonwealth for false imprisonment, with …

Brisbane

War on feral cats: Singaporean artist tackles Christmas Island’s ecological dilemma

SINGAPORE: For many tourists, Christmas Island is famous for a spectacle that celebrates the abundance of life – the annual mass migration of red …

Wildlife

Natural spoils: why Kiribati is a nature lover's paradise

Whether you're into fishing, bird-watching, diving or surfing, this remote destination is worth the trek while there are still people living here to welcome you.<p><b>First come for the fishing</b><p>One prime reason travellers head to Kiritimati (Christmas Island) in the Republic of Kiribati is for the fishing …

Asia Travel

Chinese naval ships close to Australia? 'Get used to it', experts warn

Chinese warships have carried out naval drills in Australia's maritime backyard for the third time in three years in a move that experts say …

China

Ten of the ugliest animals threatened by climate change

Because not just cute critters will suffer<p>Everyone cares that pandas and polar bears are endangered because, let’s face it, they’re adorable. In enviro speak, they’re known as “charismatic megafauna”—they’re large animals with popular appeal. Also included on this list are elephants, lions, tigers, …

Nature

Drones Set to Target Christmas Island's Feral Cats

In the land down under, feral cats slaughter an estimated 75 million native animals each day. That threat to biodiversity prompted the Australian …

Cats

Asylum Seekers News

Libya06 Apr 2017 16:27 GMT<p>Two suspected human traffickers also arrested and one missing after deadly firefight on the Mediterranean Sea.<p>Libya31 Mar 2017 17:37 GMT<p>16-year-old Gambian said he was the only survivor on boat packed with 147 Africans, but that was untrue.<p>Germany05 Jun 2016 10:21 …

Refugees

Court orders halt to Border Force phone confiscation plans

The Federal Court has blocked a bid by the Australian Border Force to confiscate the mobile phones of detainees in immigration detention.<p>Refugee …

Immigration

Planet Earth II Recap: The One With the Islands

Planet Earth II<p>Islands Season 1 Episode 1<p>Editor's Rating 5 stars<p>The breathtaking BBC series enjoyed by stoners and 8-year-olds alike is finally back, …

Nature

Turnbull agrees to relax Australian residency, citizenship rules

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has agreed to further relax the rules for New Zealanders in Australia to get residency and citizenship. The 'Pathway …

Malcolm Turnbull

Every Year 40 Million Red Crabs Take Over Christmas Island to Mate and Spawn

Each year 40 million red crabs take a cue from weather and the Moon to take over Christmas Island and mate in droves. Their journey is the subject of …

Nature

Bridges for Animals to Safely Cross Freeways Are Popping Up Around the World

Wildlife crossings are more than simple road signs as you speed down the highway. Conservationists use all sorts of methods to keep our furry friends safe from becoming roadkill or having their habitats fragmented. Increasingly, animal bridges are being employed around the globe in order to …

Wildlife

Study hopes to help WA hemp industry blossom

West Australian researchers are developing a genetic breeding program to make hemp a more viable and lucrative option for producers around the …

Agriculture

Random DX Notes from All Over

• <b>The TL8TT</b><b> Central African Republic DXpedition will continue until February 14, with operation on 160-10 meters, SSB,</b> CW, and RTTY (20 meters …

Amateur Radio

Deck the halls with billions of baby red crabs

SWAPPING THE FESTIVE family feast for something a little less frenzied, my wife Jess and I decided we’d spend Christmas on Christmas Island last year.<p>…

Photography

VK9XI & VK9CI – Christmas Island & Cocos Keeling Island | DX-World

<b>NEWS UPDATE</b> – Team complete: Tony VK3TZ, Luke VK3HJ, Chris VK3FY, Peter VK3FN, David K3LP and Lee VK3GK. Flights and accommodation have been booked …

Beaches