Defence FOI request Arnhem Space Centre

Background KELLIE TRANTER Australia’s appetite for Hypersonics   FOI request and documents received: Discussion papers, emails, briefs, documents, correspondence relating to the use of the Arnhem Space Centre, Nhulunbuy –as it is now known- by Defence from 1 January 2017 to date [being 24 September 2019]. http://kellietranter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ArnhemSpaceCentre.pdf Dramatis personae Mark Bateup https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/news/2014/07/11/dsto-builds-deeper-linkages-with-industry Scott Wallis – […]

Update for supporters

It’s been revealed that Spanish security company UC Global SL was spying on Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy from December 2017 on behalf of US intelligence services. Given Australia’s close intelligence relationship with the United States, was information provided to our Government about that, and if not, has the US withheld crucial information about […]

Strangelove Australia

While the media have understandably been distracted by Secretary Esper’s comments on deploying intermediate range conventional weapons in the Pacific region in the lead up to the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (“AUSMIN”) in August, documents produced pursuant to Freedom of Information laws reveal our government’s longer running enthusiasm to ‘deepen our cooperation with the United […]

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 […]