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

Press Freedom Declines

What is happening to journalism? On the one hand the past decade has seen technology permit journalists to capture what is happening in the world in more ways than ever, and to share it faster via more mediums than ever before. It should be a time for vibrancy and diversity in journalism, a time for… Continue reading Press Freedom Declines

Humanitarian Law and Just War

The course of human history has demonstrated the great cost to lives and property that inevitably comes with war.[1] As war has evolved over time, so too have diverse perspectives on thinking about it. At one extreme sits realism, asserting that in the pursuit of advantage, violence is human nature.[2]  Karl Von Clausewitz suggested that… Continue reading Humanitarian Law and Just War