Brian Toohey

has been a journalist for 50 years. He is the author of Secret: The Making of Australia’s Security State.

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News August 28, 2021

Australia’s deteriorating role in global peace

Faced with pandemics, global warming, species extinction and a possible war with China, there is understandable anxiety about the future. Perhaps the hardest question is whether it’s futile to push for new peace initiatives.

podcast August 02, 2021

War games and an espionage arms race

Every two years the Australian and US defence forces engage in a massive military exercise called Talisman Sabre. This year, many observers say the focus has been on China.

News July 31, 2021

Spy ships and Pine Gap

As Australia joins America in war games focused on China, the US-backed Pine Gap surveillance base has undergone its fastest ever expansion.

News July 17, 2021

The rise and rise of Australian authoritarianism

As Australia’s security laws become more authoritarian – on the basis of supposed threats from terrorism and China – their lack of oversight threatens our democratic foundations.