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Readying Knives: The Mortality of Australian Prime Ministers

The opinion poll prime ministership is a modern Australian disease. Not only does it suggest an ailing in the Westminster

Warring against Encryption: Australian proposals for the Tech Giants

What is it with Australia’s law enforcement authorities? Their uncontrollable appetite for encrypted data – primarily the data of private

Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne loses to Vienna

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has gone about its annual business of releasing its World’s Most Liveable City index, the

Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides

The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia

Humans are a funny species. They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands. They

The Death of the Investigative Journalist: Channel Nine’s Takeover of…

The Yes Minister series portraying the skulduggery of Whitehall during the Thatcher years throws up a salient reminder how certain

Infant Armour: Jacinda Ardern, Baby Madness and Myth

The Jacinda Ardern phenomenon, clumsily dubbed Jacindamania, shows no signs of abating. Journalists have long given up bothering about policy

Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australia’s parliament. Cybersecurity issues are

Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan

“Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going ‘up the Congo’."-Chris Masters, The

States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus

In those seemingly interminable refugee debates being held in various countries, cruelty is pure theatre. It is directed, stage managed,

Australia’s China Syndrome

Syndromes can make for cringe worthy, nervous laughter. To see the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, struggle with reconciling China

The Commercial Heavens: The New Australian Space Agency

Politicians have been clambering to the top extolling something that has yet to exist. Scientists are claiming a job boom

Revisiting Love Serenade

Australian life can seem defiantly absorbed, the defiance induced by insularity and isolation. The characters that inhabit the continent are

Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia’s Citizens

The authoritarian misfits in the Turnbull government have again rumbled and uttered suspicions long held: Australian residents and citizens are

Without a US Ambassador: Australia Awaits

It was cheered and embraced with enthusiasm bordering on self-praise: Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. of the Pacific Fleet would

Plunder Down Under: The Rot in Australia’s Financial Services

It has all the elements of a crudely crafted if effective tale: banks and other financial services, founded, proud of

Enoch Powell: Blood Speeches and Anniversaries

“What struck me re-reading it, and thinking back to how I felt at the time, was how in a way

The Temptations of Ball Tampering: Steve Smith’s Australian Team in…

There was an audacity about it, carried out with amateurish callowness. As it turned out Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, besieged

The Ease of Accusation: The Skripal Affair

The policy of responding to assassinations on British soil is a near non-existent one. Her Majesty’s Government is certainly in

Art and Exploitation: Ai Weiwei, Dissidence and the Refugee Crisis

The status of dissident offers a certain moral latitude in behaviour, and, in various cases, misbehaviour. The Chinese artist Ai