Politics

How Far are we Willing to Go?

The Australian Government's offshore processing policy - introduced under Rudd and currently holding bipartisan support - is a project to side-step our humanitarian obligations by dumping the victims of global conflict into some of the most hopeless, isolated, and remote circumstances any individual could face. Ed Smith writes on the financial and human costs of this hard line strategy of so-called deterrence, and finds them hard to stomach.

Billy and The Bull: A Double Dissolution Prologue

After Turnbull successfully staged the failure of the ABCC Bill to pass the Senate for the second time, a double dissolution is on the cards for Australia - the first since 1987. Politics Editor Brad Griffin kicks us off on the long campaign trail in the first of a series of fortnightly posts covering, explaining and face-palming over the upcoming Federal Election.

Je suis Hypocrite: The Silence of the West

"It’s important to remember that the media is beholden to the capitalist system and it must therefore be profitable in order to be viable. The news will, therefore, be delivered in such a way to make a profit – tailored to what the audience finds irresistible." Reece Gherardi writes on the skewed coverage of violence worldwide, and the banality of social media in mourning.

A Lurch to the Right? The Polish Question

Poland's late political changes exhibit an uneasy mix of traditional authoritarianism and western capitalism, "typical of former Eastern bloc nations still struggling to come to terms with their past." Bradley Griffin and Leah Roberts write on the troubling consequences of this turmoil, and the rise of right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) under Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

A Model Citizen…When Convenient

'The UN is not irrelevant to history, as a lasting if imperfect monument to global political cooperation. Most importantly, the UN is not irrelevant to Australia itself.' Jasmine Ruscoe considers the purpose and use of a international body often described as purposeless and useless.