The real agents of influence

So much for Parliament House being the “house of the people”, the mainstream media and security agencies claim the Chinese are trying to infiltrate Australian politics; but the government uses Parliament to grab party political […]


Nuclear option on Pacific diplomacy

Pacific nations have long-standing reasons to be wary of all things nuclear. Max Hayton examines the Australian government high-handedly joining a deal to send nuclear-powered submarines patrolling the region, without consulting our Pacific neighbours. 27 […]


ASPI now officially annoying

In keeping with its claims of “independence” the cashed up Australian Strategic Policy Institute decides it is best placed to write its own history 26 October 2021 | Marcus Reubenstein Winston Churchill, whose once mighty […]


Australia’s “unlucky” prejudice

In 1964, when Donald Horne wrote the immortal words “The Lucky Country” it was not a compliment, it was meant as a wake-up call to Australians about misguided national attitudes and our place in this […]


AUKUS: The “McAlliance”

The AUKUS pact may have strategic merits but US culture, investment and its brands already abound across China. Kerry Brown asks, in its current form, is this Anglo-centric trilateral pact a united front or mainly […]


$40 billion puppetry

It turns out the very business lobbyists who stood to benefit most from JobKeeper were regularly advising the Government on JobKeeper. Callum Foote and Michael West report how $40 billion was squandered and to what […]


Racist race to federal polls

Many see AUKUS as a timely gambit to create a “khaki election” campaign for a floundering Coalition government—it’s also potentially a dog whistle effort to deploy racism to maintain power 17 October 2021 | Lucy […]


Precision planned obsolescence

Your smartphone has a built-in frailty that will force it to fail in approximately 2-3 years. Manal al-Sharif reports on how Big Tech designs products to fail so they can sell us another again. 8 […]


Morrison’s “Hunt for Red China”

The PM’s hunt for nuclear submarines to push back against China has put off the Europeans, raised eyebrows in South East Asia and annoyed the Russians. With more sub plots than a Hollywood blockbuster, Michael […]