Time for Australia to Rethink Its Asylum Policy

Originally published by The Diplomat. This week has been a disaster for Australia’s Immigration Department. After five judges of Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruled that Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was illegal, the country’s prime minister, Peter O’Neill, made the incredible announcement that the regional processing center would be closed. He…

Australia’s Foreign Aid: Why We Need To Stop Being So Bloody Stingy

Australia has a widely held self-image of being the egalitarian land of the fair go. We’re well-travelled, widely-liked larrikins who punch above our weight on the world stage. We’ve always done the heavy lifting when it comes to refugees, and pump heaps of money into helping countries less fortunate. Hmm. Some of this is half…

Legacy of the Indonesian killings of 1965

Between October 1965 and the early months of 1966, more than 500,000 communists and alleged sympathisers were murdered across the Indonesian archipelago. Self-proclaimed hero of Indonesia’s revolution against the Dutch during the 1940s, President Sukarno had hitherto presided over so-called “guided democracy” by skilfully balancing the demands of right-wing Islamic groups and the military, as…