defence

defence 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.

defence July 24, 2021

The militarisation of the public service

The government’s appointment of a three-star general to head the vaccine rollout is part of a larger trend that risks politicising the Defence Force.

immigration July 17, 2021

Leaving Afghanistan

As Australia makes a quiet exit from Afghanistan after 20 years at war there, soldiers and civilians are demanding to know what will happen to the Afghans we have abandoned.

religion July 10, 2021

Rush to fix ‘unlawful’ list

EXCLUSIVE: For 20 years, Australia has listed terrorists whose assets can be frozen – although it appears to have done so unlawfully. The error was discovered as the scheme was being expanded to cover cyber attacks.

resources June 26, 2021

Part Two: Selling arms

A desire for Australia to become a top-10 weapons exporter is partly strategic and partly a rhetorical flourish.

resources June 19, 2021

Part One: Australia’s big spending on war machines

Australia is undertaking an extraordinary military expansion, but there are questions about what is being bought and the skills of the people doing the buying. This is part one of a two-part series.

defence June 19, 2021

Roberts-Smith faces court

Taking the stand in his defamation case against Nine newspapers, former SAS soldier Ben Roberts-Smith says allegations he assaulted a girlfriend and committed war crimes have ‘ruined’ his life.

defence June 19, 2021

China and the G7

The Group of Seven summit in Cornwall has restated America’s priorities with regards to China, but the shift is not necessarily in Australia’s interests.

immigration June 12, 2021

Sick, trapped, scared: Priya speaks from Perth hospital

As her daughter battles sepsis, Priya Murugappan talks to The Saturday Paper about the four-year-old’s dramatic health decline while held in immigration detention.

defence June 5, 2021

Exclusive: US warned Australia on Kabul closure

The Morrison government’s decision to close its embassy in Afghanistan with little warning has sparked concern from America, not least because of the threat the Taliban poses to local staff.

resources May 15, 2021

Business leaders push back against ‘fortress Australia’

As the government concedes Australia’s borders can’t reopen until mid-2022, concern is growing about damage to our reputation internationally.