The Greens’ disastrous week, and why s 44 needs to change

It has been a bad few days for the Greens. Last Friday, Greens Senator for Western Australia, and co-deputy leader of the Federal party Scott Ludlam resigned, after realising he was still a citizen of New Zealand. Today, prompted by her colleague’s revelation, fellow co-deputy leader and Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters also resigned, realising…

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…

The Queen’s Republic

On September 4 1939, the front pages led with news of Prime Minister Menzies’ melancholy announcement the night before, that Britain was at war and so too was Australia. Menzies’ words would attain an epochal resonance in Australian history. Yet it wasn’t until an hour after he spoke that Australia actually declared war; when Governor-General…