Doctor Faustus and Malcolm Turnbull: Some Parallels

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

By James O’Neill*

In the late 16th century the English playwright Christopher Marlowe wrote an Elizabethan tragedy, most commonly referred to as Doctor Faustus.  The play contained some memorable lines that have passed into common usage, often with the user being unaware of their literary origins.  The tragic tale of Doctor Faustus has been likened to that of the Greek fable of Icarus, one whose hubris thought he could fly to the sun, only to have his waxen wings melt and for him to plummet to his death. [Read more…]

Female Defence Ministers Please Apply — Male Soldier Applications Closed

Trailblazer Lieutenant Kate Munari, Australian Navy helicopter pilot , (courtesy ABC)

by Dee McLachlan

I can do four press ups — easily — so I’m off to join the army. (But I’m sure to be rejected on my age.)

A  Daily Telegraph article, “Australian Army bans male recruits to get female numbers up,” is about the new targets sent out to ADF recruiters. The focus seems to be all about recruiting women immediately. An ADF recruiter allegedly told The Telegraph: “Yes they [men] can apply – but only women will get the job,” — and that there are no vacancies for men in the next 12 months. The article continues:

“The recruiter said he had also been ordered to tell any male already recruited for a combat role, but not yet in training, to change their choice of job to make way for women recruits. [Read more…]

“Keeping You Safe” From Bombs (on Planes)

Keeping us safe in the air. The false alarm bomb scare on the Virgin Airways flight to Albury

by Dee McLachlan

It’s been a busy time for bombs, planes and terror — as Dr Day had predicted in his ‘Everything Is In Place And Nobody Can Stop Us Now’ lecture, in 1969:

“Terrorism would be used widely in Europe and in other parts of the world… and just a little bit of terrorism would help convince Americans that the world is indeed a dangerous place, or can be if we don’t relinquish control to the proper authorities.” [Read more…]

SHHH, There’s Gonna Be a Celebration Party (50 Years of Secrets) — And You’re Not Invited

Chipping Pine Gap out of the bunker

by Dee McLachlan

May 13, 2015 — Sydney Morning Herald wrote:

“Central Australia’s Pine Gap spy base has taken on a new electronic surveillance role, making it a “multi-purpose mega-intelligence centre,” as Australia and our allies massively increase interception of global satellite communications… Pine Gap is now engaged in foreign satellite intelligence collection as part of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance’s “collect-it-all” surveillance of global internet and telecommunications traffic.”

I then read in the Alice Springs News Online that a secret party is happening this week-end to celebrate Pine Gap turning 50 — according to Donald Trump’s contacts in Moscow. [Read more…]

Myths, Legends and Lies: Australia’s Policy in Afghanistan

By James O’Neill*

“Without an understanding of the past, we will never understand the present.  And without understanding the present, we will never understand the past.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

Policies based on myths and lies, as we have seen in recent years, can have disastrous consequences, leading to the invasion, occupation and destruction of whole societies.  Australia has been involved in a number of these foreign policy disasters in recent decades, as for example in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.  None represented a vital national interest for Australia, notwithstanding the political rhetoric of the time.  All represented essentially a willingness to act in the interests of a third party. [Read more…]

Australia’s Minister for Resources Needs to be Re-educated

Senator Matt Canavan

by Dee McLachlan

On Monday night National Party Senator Matt Canavan was on the panel of ABC’s Q&A program. British (Al Jazeera English)  journalist Mehdi Hasan, and columnist for The Intercept, was also on the panel. Sen Canavan is our RESOURCES Minister

After listening to these two men debate, it was soon evident that Senator Canavan was out of his depth when it came to global affairs. That in itself might not be a concern, but it seems the Minister of Resources has absolutely no understanding about powers that create wars to pillage the resources of other nations.

I was shocked to hear that the minister still believes that George Bush (along with his willing partners) invaded Iraq to export DEMOCRACY to that nation. He seems to have no understanding about why we (Australia) were involved in a war that killed over a million people. [Read more…]

The USS Liberty and Malcolm Fraser’s Last Interview

USS Liberty

by Dee McLachlan 

When I interviewed Australia’s former prime minister the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser nearly three years ago, he had just written the book Dangerous Allies — about Australia’s dependency on America. As he had recently been on Jon Faine’s ABC radio show, I directed the conversation to the deliberate attack on the USS Liberty. Mr Faine had ridiculed Mr Fraser’s knowledge and research on live radio.

However, on the subject of the USS Liberty, there was an interesting post this week about the Russians coming to the rescue — and that it might be turned into a movie called Operation Cyanide. RobertS writes:

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Just What Are the Australian Values Our Politicians Wish to Test Migrants On?

By James O’Neill*

In June of this year the government introduced legislation into the House aimed at “strengthening” the requirements migrants would be obliged to meet in order to qualify for Australian citizenship.  One of the requirements, we are told, is that prospective citizens will have to demonstrate a commitment to “Australian Values”.

Nobody, however, seems able to agree on precisely what these “values” are, although a number of commentators suggested that as a people Australians cherish certain things, ranging from a firm belief in having tomato sauce on the barbecue sausage to notions such as a “fair go” for individuals. [Read more…]

Manus Island Settlement is Not the End of the Story

By James O’Neill*

On Wednesday 14th June 2017 the Australian government settled a class action brought by Slater and Gordon solicitors on behalf of 1905 refugees and asylum seekers detained on Manus Island Papua New Guinea.  Of that initial number, 829 men remain held on the island.

The settlement came on the morning of what was anticipated to be a six-month long trial.  There were expected to be 200 witnesses, whose pre-trial statements detailed allegations of systemic violence, sexual abuse, and inadequate medical treatment leading to injury and death.  A later amendment to the pleadings alleged unlawful detention, of which more below.  Security guards at the detention centre had murdered one inmate, an Iranian refugee Reza Barati. [Read more…]

George Brandis — “Laws… Don’t Go Far Enough”

Australia’s Attorney General George Brandis

by Dee McLachlan

After the London Bridge attack, UK Prime Minister Theresa May declared there needs to be greater regulation of the Internet, and that something should be done about the “online safe spaces” that allowed terrorism to “breed.”

So now Australia is looking at UK-style legislation that would give security agencies more powers to compel telecommunications and social media companies to assist them in accessing data. [Read more…]

Perfecting Trickery: The Referendum Council

This image taken after these delegates and others walked out of the National Referendum Council meeting at Uluru in disgust at the procedures and gagging. (L to R) Serena Williams, (Ngunnawal), Lidia Thorpe (Gunnai and Gunditjmara), Jenny Munro (Wiradjuri), Linda June Coe (Wiradjuri), George Coe (Wiradjuri) and Observer Ruth Gilbert (Wiradjuri).

By Ghillar Michael Anderson

(Editor’s note. Below is a shortened version of the media release by the Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia. The full version is available on the website, here.  On his return from Uluru, Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convenor of the Sovereign Union, last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic, details the rigged processes of the Referendum Council’s National Convention and the subsequent media) [Read more…]

Lindt Siege — Coroner Michael Barnes Delivers His Findings

Coroner Michael Barnes

by Dee McLachlan

This morning at 10 am, Coroner Michael Barnes delivered his findings on the siege at the Lindt Cafe on 15 and 16 December, 2005.

The usual stories emerged on the mainstream media (MSM). Dr Clarke Jones, a criminologist, was interviewed and is confused why Man Haron Monis was out on bail in the first place. Terrorism analyst Greg Barton thought the the siege could have been handled in a different way. [Read more…]

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