Defence exports-what are we subsidising ?

Last month Australian defence company, Electro Optic Systems (EOS), again denied its weapons system was being used in the Yemen war when photographs surfaced of four consignments of its Remote Weapons System for export in June and July to the UAE and Saudi Arabia. But what slipped through in relation to EOS is its February […]

SUBMISSION TO THE OIAC MR17/00454

On 30 May 2017 I requested copies of documents, cables or correspondence to and/or from Mr Pezzullo or his office in relation to the US refugee resettlement deal/program with the Trump administration. On 13 September 2017 the then Department of Immigration and Border Protection declined access to 16 documents: Three cables dated 31 January 2017, […]

Defence: the water is rising

In its final report released in May 2018 the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee recommended that the Department of Defence consider releasing an unclassified version of the work it had undertaken to identify climate risks to its estate.  That hasn’t been done. A 2013 report titled ‘Project AZ5220: Adaptation and planning strategies […]

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 […]