SMH: Ill-disciplined chest thumping puts us at risk

Published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 8 May 2021 The Morrison government’s indisciplined commentary on the possibility of Australian military engagement in a future US-China war over Taiwan is politically juvenile and potentially damaging to our core national security interests. For 50 years Australian governments have not speculated publicly on what they would do in the event of a …

The Guardian: Scott Morrison’s partisan interpretation of biblical passages is disturbing for democracy

When the federation’s founding fathers were framing Australia’s constitution in the 1890s, there was intense debate about whether organised religion should get a guernsey. Fortunately, despite the religiosity of the Victorian era, sounder heads prevailed. Unlike in the United Kingdom, our antipodean commonwealth would have no established religion. Admittedly, “Almighty God” makes a single appearance in the constitution’s preamble, but …

AFR: Mining Super-Profits Levy

The University of Western Australia MEDIA STATEMENT 21 APRIL 2021 Published in the Australian Financial Review on 22 April 2021 “As was the case during the last resources boom, and the one before that, the super-profits earned by a handful of resource majors in this country are a giant rip-off of the Australian people. “Furthermore, the greed of these three …

The Guardian: Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull – Australia’s ambition on climate change is held back by a toxic mix of rightwing politics, media and vested interests

By Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull It was always expected that Joe Biden’s election would be a massive shot in the arm for international climate action, but the scale of that boost has been genuinely surprising. The new president has now invited 40 world leaders to a virtual climate change summit coinciding with Earth Day this Thursday. China’s Xi Jinping …