Defying the Border Force Act – Newcastle Town Hall 17 September 2015

Thank you for the invitation to join this panel discussion tonight. I think the late Albert Camus was right when he said that one cannot put themself in the service of those who make history but must remain at the service of those who suffer it. That is why we must thank Professor Isaacs, Alanna […]

Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture 2015 – Values in an age of uncertainty

I would like to show my respect and acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, of elders past and present, on which this event takes place. I would like to thank Senator Lee Rhiannon for the invitation to speak tonight. I have long admired Senator Rhiannon’s ability to ask difficult questions, to organise and attend […]

Australia’s Abu Ghraib moment

Allegations that asylum seekers are being water-boarded while held in detention in Nauru, and their denial by Government,  is reminiscent of the Abu Ghraib scandal that engulfed the Bush Administration in 2004.  What has emerged reflects a likely pattern of abuse that can no longer be ignored by Australian citizens. Even though it became clear […]

Censorship by any other name

Australia’s detention centres have become a propaganda tool of terror. Because of the Government blackout what goes on behind the barbed wire is a mostly a matter of conjecture. We see and hear only what the Government permits us to see and hear.  The murmurings of public opinion are hardly audible, with man’s inhumanity to […]

Australia should divest from the International Finance Corporation

If the Abbott Government is seeking savings measures and efficiency gains in the lead up to the May budget it need look no further than contributions made to the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Australia is a member of the IFC.  The value of Australia’s paid-in capital as at 30 […]

The futility of regret

There’s an old saying, ‘Throw me to the wolves and I’ll return leading the pack’. Even though Julian Assange-an enigmatic individual who has overturned conformity- now has a long historical presence it is evident that Australia’s elected representatives, by and large, are completely indifferent to his fate, irrespective of guilt or innocence. When bad things […]