UAE & Saudi Arabia: Australia’s conspiracy of silence

At the 73rd UN General Assembly it was revealed that a child dies every 10 minutes due to war-related causes in Yemen.  This follows comments by the UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock that the fight against famine in Yemen was being lost.  Yet none of this has nudged Australia to issue autonomous sanctions on either […]

Assange & the laws that don’t bind us

Tomorrow marks six years since Julian Assange walked into the Ecuadorian embassy to seek asylum. It is now over two years since the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that the detention of Julian Assange violated Articles 9 and 10 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and Articles 7, 9(1), 9(3), 9(4), […]

Continuing Government evasiveness

Media reports that Australian government officials have visited Julian Assange in his Ecuadorian embassy refuge in London is welcome news.  But the Government still won’t say whether or not it agrees with the 2016 findings of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. On 6 February 2016, referring to that report, Foreign Minister Julie […]

Are Australia’s military exports to Saudi Arabia legal?

Documents recently produced under Freedom of Information laws confirm that in the two years from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017 sixteen military licences were granted for the export of military equipment from Australia to Saudi Arabia. Until now it was widely believed that only four military licences were issued. Redactions to the FOI […]

Pay attention to South Sudan

The idea of Australia planning a “diplomatic offensive”  to deepen its strategic relationship with the United States is beyond offensive.  Whether it’s Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or Syria,  to name a few, there’s not an ounce of objectively rational strategy involved in our ally’s foreign military incursions. South Sudan is a case in point.  The […]

The sanitised conflict

When the final contingent of the RAAF strike force returned home after its mission in Syria and Iraq, the images presented were of emotional scenes as families embraced their loved ones on the tarmac at the Amberley base.  Rightly so. But left unsaid is the legality and morality of the conflict we were involved in, […]