Hari Raj

Hong Kong

Hari Raj

Deputy chief production editor, Asia

Hari Raj has worked as a journalist and editor in Melbourne, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, where he is currently based.

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Opinion | Home for Christmas? But for asylum seekers, Australia’s actions border on inhumane

As Australia plans to reopen its borders, residents trapped overseas should remember that for many asylum seekers, home remains a broken promise.

As Australia plans to reopen its borders, residents trapped overseas should remember that for many asylum seekers, home remains a broken promise.

Home for Christmas? But for asylum seekers, Australia’s actions border on inhumane
1 Oct 2021 - 5:00AM
Opinion | Scott Morrison’s stance on climate change is a ‘code red’ in itself

The Australian prime minister’s refusal to join the countries that have committed to net zero emissions comes as little surprise, given his record on climate issues.

The Australian prime minister’s refusal to join the countries that have committed to net zero emissions comes as little surprise, given his record on climate issues.

Scott Morrison’s stance on climate change is a ‘code red’ in itself
13 Aug 2021 - 7:00AM
As I see it | Are Australia’s closed borders a roadblock to post-pandemic life?

Besides scaremongering over ‘disease-bearing’ foreigners, the country’s penchant for border restrictions means many Australians will continue to be hesitant or apathetic about getting vaccinated.

Besides scaremongering over ‘disease-bearing’ foreigners, the country’s penchant for border restrictions means many Australians will continue to be hesitant or apathetic about getting vaccinated.

Are Australia’s closed borders a roadblock to post-pandemic life?
2 Jul 2021 - 9:00AM
As I see it | Fifa 2022 World Cup deaths in Qatar: the ugly side of the beautiful game

Thousands of migrant workers from nations such as India and Sri Lanka have died building infrastructure for the football tournament hosted by Qatar. Can we in good conscience enjoy a spectacle played in stadiums that have cost people their lives?

Thousands of migrant workers from nations such as India and Sri Lanka have died building infrastructure for the football tournament hosted by Qatar. Can we in good conscience enjoy a spectacle played in stadiums that have cost people their lives?

Fifa 2022 World Cup deaths in Qatar: the ugly side of the beautiful game
9 Apr 2021 - 10:39AM
As I see it | With Ted Hui’s arrival, Australia has scored political points against Beijing. But this is no moral victory

Canberra-Beijing tensions are good for Hong Kong ex-lawmaker Ted Hui – but asylum seekers are still languishing. This has gone on more than long enough. Let them in. Let them all in.

Canberra-Beijing tensions are good for Hong Kong ex-lawmaker Ted Hui – but asylum seekers are still languishing. This has gone on more than long enough. Let them in. Let them all in.

With Ted Hui’s arrival, Australia has scored political points against Beijing. But this is no moral victory
19 Mar 2021 - 8:00AM
As I see it | Essential workers risk their lives to keep our societies running. Don’t just thank them, pay them more

They care for our sick, deliver our food and take our rubbish away, but applauding these workers is not enough – it’s high time we valued them, too.

They care for our sick, deliver our food and take our rubbish away, but applauding these workers is not enough – it’s high time we valued them, too.

Essential workers risk their lives to keep our societies running. Don’t just thank them, pay them more
15 Jan 2021 - 9:00AM
Opinion | Australia’s war crimes in Afghanistan show the cost of celebrating the military

For some, the report will be hard to reconcile with the deification of the military and the Anzac spirit that’s so intertwined with Australia’s national identity.

For some, the report will be hard to reconcile with the deification of the military and the Anzac spirit that’s so intertwined with Australia’s national identity.

Australia’s war crimes in Afghanistan show the cost of celebrating the military
27 Nov 2020 - 8:30AM
Opinion | Australia’s bush fires: the burning issue Scott Morrison refuses to discuss

Vast swathes of the country are on fire and emergency leaders have warned of further catastrophic extreme weather events, but Scott Morrison’s administration is too busy tinkering with religious discrimination legislation to countenance action on climate change.

Vast swathes of the country are on fire and emergency leaders have warned of further catastrophic extreme weather events, but Scott Morrison’s administration is too busy tinkering with religious discrimination legislation to countenance action on climate change.

Australia’s bush fires: the burning issue Scott Morrison refuses to discuss
13 Dec 2019 - 7:00AM
Indonesia’s Yogyakarta targets Chinese students and tourists in bid to become another Bali

Yogyakarta is a city of contradictions, from its ancient temples and functioning monarchy to its reputation as a centre of learning. With a new airport and marketing push, Indonesia is hoping it will attract more Chinese tourists, despite fears of lingering anti-China sentiment and gentrification.

Yogyakarta is a city of contradictions, from its ancient temples and functioning monarchy to its reputation as a centre of learning. With a new airport and marketing push, Indonesia is hoping it will attract more Chinese tourists, despite fears of lingering anti-China sentiment and gentrification.

Indonesia’s Yogyakarta targets Chinese students and tourists in bid to become another Bali
7 Sep 2019 - 12:30PM
Mahathir’s Malaysia still ‘open for business’ with China despite stalled rail link: top trade official Dr Ong Kian Ming

Upheaval over Beijing-financed projects has not affected bilateral trade, says deputy minister of international trade and industry Dr Ong Kian Ming, who prefers to see economic ties in terms of record-high trade volumes between the two countries.

Upheaval over Beijing-financed projects has not affected bilateral trade, says deputy minister of international trade and industry Dr Ong Kian Ming, who prefers to see economic ties in terms of record-high trade volumes between the two countries.

Mahathir’s Malaysia still ‘open for business’ with China despite stalled rail link: top trade official Dr Ong Kian Ming
28 Feb 2019 - 1:00PM
Asian Angle | The stand Down Under: why debate over Australia Day and Captain Cook divides a nation

Australia’s national day marks the arrival of colonisers who arrived centuries ago – but while January 26 remains a day of great pain to the Indigenous community, conservatives are opposed to change

Australia’s national day marks the arrival of colonisers who arrived centuries ago – but while January 26 remains a day of great pain to the Indigenous community, conservatives are opposed to change

The stand Down Under: why debate over Australia Day and Captain Cook divides a nation
26 Jan 2019 - 6:24AM
Asian Angle | Is Australia really that racist?

Here are some clues: the PM brags about blocking refugees while the senate mulls whether it’s ‘okay to be white’. Still wondering? A penchant for blackface and talk of a ‘final solution’ might give the answer away

Here are some clues: the PM brags about blocking refugees while the senate mulls whether it’s ‘okay to be white’. Still wondering? A penchant for blackface and talk of a ‘final solution’ might give the answer away

Is Australia really that racist?
23 Oct 2018 - 5:29PM