Civil Defence: The Role of Troops in Domestic Threats

The Australian Government has today announced new powers, to clarify and expand the role the Australian Defence Force may play in responding to domestic terrorism threats. The exact details, and how these new powers are to be expressed in legislation, are yet to be revealed. But already they have provoked a strong and varied range… Continue reading Civil Defence: The Role of Troops in Domestic Threats

75 Years – The Fall of Singapore

Singapore was promoted as a fortress, an icon of British influence and prestige in the far east, and a point from which the empire could exercise power over its dominions in the Pacific. The reality of Singapore was quite different. Far from being an icon of British power and prestige, it typified an empire that… Continue reading 75 Years – The Fall of Singapore

The Media After Trump

These are perilous times for the media. At best media organisations are in a slump, while they search for a new and sustainable business model in a changing world. At worst, they are in a terminal decline as that changing world leaves them behind. Once, those titans who owned the print presses and the broadcast… Continue reading The Media After Trump

Reframing the 18C debate – The One Question

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The debate about s 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has reemerged. It’s not a debate most Australians asked for, yet a vocal minority of mostly conservative white males have managed to garner it an inordinate amount of attention. For those not familiar with the Act, s 18C and its companion provision 18D were introduced… Continue reading Reframing the 18C debate – The One Question

Toyota Makes Three: Death of an Industry

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Toyota Motor Corporation has today announced that its Australian subsidiary is to cease manufacturing vehicles and engines by the end of 2017. A statement quoting the company’s president Akio Toyoda cites market competition, a strong Australian dollar and the forecast reduction in Australian automative manufacturing as key factors behind the decision. The future of Toyota’s… Continue reading Toyota Makes Three: Death of an Industry

Telling Our Story: History, Orthodoxy and Ideology

On an autumn day, in a church in The Rocks, an Aboriginal farmhand from the Shoalhaven married the daughter of a Yorkshireman. Such a union is hardly controversial by today’s standards, but in 1864, a time when prejudice relegated Aboriginal people to a status afforded little recognition and few rights, it was enough to attract… Continue reading Telling Our Story: History, Orthodoxy and Ideology

Higher Education Cuts: It’s Now That Counts

The headlines were stark; $2.3 billion is be stripped from higher education to help fund the Commonwealth’s school funding reforms. $900 million will be taken from universities directly via an efficiency dividend, while the remainder will come from changes to the Student Start-up Scholarship and abolition of the HECS upfront contribution discount. Student groups wasted… Continue reading Higher Education Cuts: It’s Now That Counts

Once More into the Breech

On an April afternoon in 1996, a man walked calmly into the Broad Arrow Café carrying a sports bag. He ordered a meal and sat on the deck overlooking Mason Cove; the ruins of the harsh, colonial era penitentiary opposite, reflected in the water. Nearby patrons observed the man talking to himself and appearing increasingly… Continue reading Once More into the Breech