No real future in duplicity

With the Newcastle by-election out of the way – where more than one in five voters didn’t vote – it is clear a large segment of the community still doesn’t accept the Liberal Party’s tokenistic ‘‘act of atonement’’ as a means to purge itself of shameless cronyism and bribery, yet remain rightly sceptical about whether […]

PIP Newcastle: Speaking out

~The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.~ Gandhi I’d like to thank the PIP Newcastle organisers and Jodi Hughes for their kind invitation to be here tonight. I have a deep respect for the work of Father Bower so the privilege is really all mine. The topic tonight is ‘Speaking Out’. It occurred to […]

Spinning us into harm’s way

While the Australian population understands the importance of our Government providing humanitarian assistance to those in harm’s way overseas, they are less likely to support foreign policy actions that may jeopardise their own personal safety and that of their families and friends. A confusing narrative has developed about whether or not Australia’s actions in Iraq […]

Open letter to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott

The Hon. Tony Abbott, MP Prime Minister Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600 Dear Mr Abbott It is 11 years since the Howard government invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq without a UN mandate and without proper evidence of weapons of mass destruction.  Nearly half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since […]

Data retention: Lawyers on the wire

Federal Cabinet’s support for the retention of customer data by telecommunications companies for up to two years – so that government agencies can access it without a warrant – suggests that government representatives just don’t understand the consequences of retaining everyone’s metadata and giving spy agencies access to it. George Brandis’ infamous gaffe last week […]

Encryption: Brief advice from Thomas Drake to journalists

[This content has not been independently verified. It was created from personal notes taken at the discussion 'Whistleblowers in the surveillance state: Human rights' digital background' in Sydney on 4 August 2014.]   Host:   Broadcaster Quentin Dempster. Guests:   US whistleblower Thomas Drake, a former senior executive of the US National Security Agency Edward […]