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 […]

Crowdfunding FOI

Australia is the second largest contributor to the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria. We commenced carrying out airstrikes in Syria in September in the absence of a UN Security Council resolution. The Australian public still has not been provided with any evidence upon which this decision was based. All we know is that our […]

Who is really setting the agenda for Australia’s position in relation to fossil fuels and CO2 reduction?

Freedom of Information documents reveal that the mining sector, capitalising on its access to government officials, has been busy laying the groundwork for Australia’s position in relation to any emissions reduction commitments struck in Paris. The mining industry claims to account for about 11% of Australia’s GDP and more than half of Australia’s merchandise exports. […]

Is medical care on Nauru all it’s cracked up to be?

The case of the 23-year old woman flown to Australia for medical treatment and then back to Nauru last Friday without it has rightly outraged many Australians. As she had been brought to Australia for an abortion, a fairly commonplace procedure that apparently is difficult to access on Nauru, her case also raises questions about […]

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 […]