defence

defence July 6, 2019

Pyne, Bishop and the Big Four

The major consultancies are not just a preferred employer for former ministers – they have helped privatise the bureaucracy by stealth.

immigration June 8, 2019

Australia’s China dilemma

As Sino–American relations further fracture, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to the Solomon Islands exemplifies Australia’s commitment to strengthening Pacific bonds and pushing back against Chinese influence in the region.

defence April 27, 2019

A path to recovery on missing soldiers

The exhumation of remains from a Honolulu cemetery could bring answers for the families of Australian servicemen missing, presumed dead, in the Korean War.

defence May 18, 2019

Unusual secrecy around 1950s nuclear testing

Files documenting British nuclear testing in the 1950s have suddenly gone missing. Many who have studied this questionable period of history wonder why.

asia pacific October 13, 2018

Dennis Richardson: keeper of Canberra’s secrets

Dennis Richardson was chief of ASIO and ambassador to Washington before heading the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and then Defence. Here, he talks about China, Trump and Australia’s foreign policy.

defence May 5, 2018

Cabinet split on Dutton’s ASD plan

As critics leak against Peter Dutton’s plan to employ the Signals Directorate against Australians, the minister defends the powers as necessary.

defence March 10, 2018

ASIO changes hidden in ‘sloppy’ amendments process

As questions continue over new powers for the Home Affairs Department, a suite of legislative amendments goes missing.

defence February 3, 2018

A call to arms sales

The government’s desire to see Australia become a weapons powerhouse has brought howls of protest from humanitarian groups, and eerie silence from the Opposition.

defence January 27, 2018

Australia and drone warfare

As a former chief of army predicts that joint strike fighters will be the military’s last manned aircraft, what checks will prevent civilian deaths by drones?

defence December 16, 2017

The HMAS Newcastle hazing aftermath

When a 2011 prank against a Royal Australian Navy seaman turned into a case of alleged sexual assault, it put in train years of courts-martial hearings and disputed processes.

defence December 9, 2017

Fines for Pine Gap ‘peace pilgrims’

When six pacifists were arrested in 2016 at the US’s Pine Gap military intelligence facility, the Crown called for custodial sentences. This week the Northern Territory Supreme Court issued them with fines.