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Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document,..

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The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia Monday, August 6th, 2018

Humans are a funny species. They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands. They construct homes facing rivers that will, at some point, break their banks, carrying of their precious property. Importantly, they return in the aftermath. Existence..

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Infant Armour: Jacinda Ardern, Baby Madness and Myth Sunday, June 24th, 2018

The Jacinda Ardern phenomenon, clumsily dubbed Jacindamania, shows no signs of abating. Journalists have long given up bothering about policy analysis regarding New Zealand’s prime minister, instead focusing on pregnancy and the newly arrived infant. The duration of the prime minister’s tenure..

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Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan Monday, June 11th, 2018

“Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going ‘up the Congo’."-Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 9, 2018 They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors. Afghanistan, derided as..

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States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus Friday, May 25th, 2018

In those seemingly interminable refugee debates being held in various countries, cruelty is pure theatre. It is directed, stage managed, the victims treated as mere marionettes in a play of putrid public policy and indifferent public officials. Barriers have been set; barbed wire has been put in..

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Australia’s China Syndrome Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Syndromes can make for cringe worthy, nervous laughter. To see the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, struggle with reconciling China the bully of influence with China the resource hungry friend supplied the press with one such spectacle on Tuesday morning. Larded with suffocating..

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The Commercial Heavens: The New Australian Space Agency Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Politicians have been clambering to the top extolling something that has yet to exist. Scientists are claiming a job boom that has yet to transpire. Much fantasy and speculation dominate the creation of Australia’s Space Agency, an organisation that remains inchoate despite being launched on..

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Revisiting Love Serenade Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Australian life can seem defiantly absorbed, the defiance induced by insularity and isolation. The characters that inhabit the continent are mere specks of life before the enormity that is its nature, one bound, at any point in time, to swallow them up. Those in the city are thereby invested with..

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Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia’s Citizens Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The authoritarian misfits in the Turnbull government have again rumbled and uttered suspicions long held: Australian residents and citizens are not to be trusted, and the intelligence services should start getting busy in expanding their operations against the next Doomsday threat. This became..

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Without a US Ambassador: Australia Awaits Monday, April 30th, 2018

It was cheered and embraced with enthusiasm bordering on self-praise: Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. of the Pacific Fleet would be making his way to Canberra to assume the post of US Ambassador. Washington had supposedly appointed a big fish to monitor even smaller creatures in the Pacific. But..

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Plunder Down Under: The Rot in Australia’s Financial Services Thursday, April 26th, 2018

It has all the elements of a crudely crafted if effective tale: banks and other financial services, founded, proud of their standing in society; financial service providers, with such pride, effectively charging the earth for providing elementary services; then, such entities, with self-assumed..

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Enoch Powell: Blood Speeches and Anniversaries Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

“What struck me re-reading it, and thinking back to how I felt at the time, was how in a way the ghost of Enoch Powell still stalks British politics.” -Lord Hain, BBC, April 15, 2018 Speeches are often at the mercy of their interpreters and biographers. They can incite and encourage just as..

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The Ease of Accusation: The Skripal Affair Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

The policy of responding to assassinations on British soil is a near non-existent one. Her Majesty’s Government is certainly in the habit of huffing, and steam can issue from deliberations in the House of Commons. But substance is often absent. When Buzzfeed conducted an investigation into the..

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Finding Fault and Faulty Infrastructure: Genoa’s Morandi Bridge Disaster Monday, August 20th, 2018

Bridges are the great symbols of human connection. They suggest a certain animal pride in the human race, a technological capacity to trick, and even subordinate..