The era of post-truth

How dangerous things have become in an era marked by post-truth. As opposed to appeals to the heart, objective facts are no longer able to influence public opinion. Look no further than Australia’s offshore detention program in post-truth terms. It is difficult to fathom how a system could be touted publicly as an international success […]

Neutralising Pauline Hanson

Populist Donald Trump is not a natural protector of democracy, freedom, equality or justice yet we now find ourselves in the Trump age.  The seemingly innocuous Hanson sees herself as Australia’s Trumpette,  captured popping the champagne corks in celebration of his election victory and at the same time, ironically, expressing her disgust with the “chardonnay […]

All the way with the United States of Trump?

Published on Independent Australia 20 October 2016 Marshalling the resources of big data and mass surveillance undoubtedly enables those living on the floating island to know in real time which way the silent majority will swing in the upcoming US election.  That’s exactly the sort of information the established order would want to know in advance, particularly with a contender like Trump.  There’s now a […]

Australia’s militarised border

Recurring claims about the militarisation of the Department of Immigration & Border Protection have been denied by the Secretary of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Michael Pezzullo. He asserts that the introduction of a law enforcement approach with uniformed officers and arrest powers is a result of modernisation as a result of government direction. […]

How we were misled about Abyan’s case

The case of Abyan, the 23-year old Somali refugee who was sexually assaulted while hitchhiking on Nauru, and who came to Australia for an abortion and subsequently was deported, generated conflicting versions of what she wanted, how she was treated and why.  Documents about her case obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws now reveal how […]

Letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in relation to Julian Assange

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull RE:  JULIAN ASSANGE As you know, Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, has now spent 5 years in the United Kingdom effectively detained without charge. You probably also know that as recently as October this year the UK Government declined to give him any assurance of safe passage out of the Ecuadorian embassy […]