On the 45th anniversary of the Balibo 5 murders, Australia’s secret intelligence service still refuses to publicly reveal what it knows, writes Clinton Fernandes.
Dean Yates, former Reuters Bureau Chief in Iraq, reflects on the deaths of Reuters staff in 2007 and what it taught him about PTSD and compassion.
As nations turn inward in response to COVID-19, the institutions safeguarding refugees face an uncertain future.
Monique Hurley examines whether recent reforms in Burma are worthy of international praise and increased aid.
For whom else does the bell toll? Madolyn Smith asks how the Abbott/Hockey Budget will affect the 757 million people living in extreme poverty in the Asia Pacific.
On Sunday, three West Papuans entered the Australian consulate in Bali. Dr Clinton Fernandes explains the human rights issues complicated by Australia’s relationship with Indonesia.
Coming into force this July, the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act continues to occupy a great deal of the media’s attention. With an emotive introduction to Parliament by Prime Minister Gillard and rare bi-partisan support, the question circling many Australian households is: what is the NDIS? Isabella Royce answers this question and others in her discussion of disability support schemes in Australia and the UK.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is likely to become one of the world’s most significant free trade deals. But while Australia is one of the major parties, Australians could be excused for drawing a blank on the name. Stephanie Murphy discusses the regional agreement, internet freedom, big pharma and the perils of free-trade.
Australia is good at talking the talk. Yet when it comes to taking action, Australia’s governments have fallen far short of their heroic rhetoric, writes David Donaldson.