Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

After 11 years based in his native London, Andrew moved to Sydney with his Australian wife tasked with bringing all things Antipodean to Al Jazeera English. Since he started in December 2010, Andrew has covered a long line of natural disasters and the very human responses to each: the Christmas Island asylum boat sinking, the floods in Queensland and Victoria, the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the triple-whammy of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. In London, Andrew worked for Channel 4 News and at the BBC's Newsnight.

Australia

Australian former PM softens stance on immigration policy

Kevin Rudd told Al Jazeera that he never intended for refugees to be kept in offshore prison camps for as long as they have been

Australian former PM softens stance on immigration policy

Asia Pacific

'All We Can't See': Illustrating refugees' words in Nauru files

Commissioned artists were asked to imagine and then paint scenes described in real "incident reports" involving refugees held in off-shore detention centres in Nauru.

'All We Can't See': Illustrating refugees' words in Nauru files

Australia

Australia former PM talks about indigenous abuses

Ten years ago, Kevin Rudd, Australia's then-prime minister, apologised in parliament to generations of Aboriginal children who were forcibly taken from their homes and put in state institutions.

Australia former PM talks about indigenous abuses

Asia Pacific

10 years since apology for 'stolen' Aboriginal children

Ten years ago, Kevin Rudd made a historic apology to the Aboriginal people of Australia. Today, we talk to him about what has been achieved since then.

10 years since apology for 'stolen' Aboriginal children

Australia

Australia's immigration policy highlighted in Sydney festival

An annual arts festival in Australia is turning the spotlight on the country's immigration policies.

Australia's immigration policy highlighted in Sydney festival

Australia

What are the facts about Australia refugee resettlement?

Australia is known for its tough stance towards refugees, particularly those who arrive by boat. But is this one aspect of Australian immigration policy overshadowing the country's largesse and hospitality?

What are the facts about Australia refugee resettlement?

Asia Pacific

Papua New Guinea's forests are being destroyed

Is the government of Papua New Guinea turning a blind eye while the country's forests are destroyed?

Papua New Guinea's forests are being destroyed

Australia

Will Australia end celibacy in the Catholic Church?

After the results of a five-year inquiry into sexual abuse of children in Australia, results have found that the abuse was most rampant in the Catholic Church.

Will Australia end celibacy in the Catholic Church?

Refugees

Manus Island refugee: 'I was beaten with iron bars'

Footage shot by refugees appears to show police and Papua New Guinean immigration officers hitting refugees with metal bars.

Manus Island refugee: 'I was beaten with iron bars'

Asia Pacific

Manus camp removal: Uncertainty awaits refugees in PNG

Hundreds of refugees on Manus Island continue to insist they are unsafe among the general population of the island, claiming they are often attacked by young drunk men.

Manus camp removal: Uncertainty awaits refugees in PNG

Human Rights

Manus Island: Police raid former camp

The asylum seekers say police 'attacked' the facility and were "destroying everything" inside.

Manus Island: Police raid former camp

Australia

Australia's youth prisons accused of abuse

An inquiry into abuse at youth prisons in Australia's Northern Territory has called for the closure of one of the detention centres.

Australia's youth prisons accused of abuse