Category Archives: National Security

Chinese influence in universities

It used to be that communists hid under our beds, now they go to university. This story has been developing in The Australian over the last few weeks and has now jumped across to the AFR. Education department officials as … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Innovation, National Security, Oppressive government, Taking out the trash | 10 Comments

Spying allegations

There is a rather breathless piece in the Australian this morning talking about a computer scientist at UNSW working with ‘generals’ in the Chinese military. A University of NSW computer science professor co-authored researc­h with Chinese generals linked to Beijing’s … Continue reading

Posted in Education, National Security, Taking out the trash | 16 Comments

“In a game of ‘cat and mouse’ with the nation’s adversaries”

And by “adversaries” he means enemies. Are you aware Australia has enemies? This was the front-page story in The Oz this morning which has virtually disappeared from the online edition: Espionage threats unprecedented, says spy boss Duncan Lewis. You should … Continue reading

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An early modern politician

Sir Joseph Potter, First Lord of the Admiralty I always voted at my party’s call, And I never thought of thinking for myself at all. I thought so little, they rewarded me By making me the Ruler of the Queen’s … Continue reading

Posted in National Security, Rafe | 9 Comments

They’re back but not for long

From the front page of The Oz: Sri Lankan asylum-seeker bid turns back time. They must have been reading the polling figures before the election. The stats which come with the story notes that in the last two years of … Continue reading

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Keep calm and carry on

I want to put in a good word for Waleed Aly. Two interrelated things. First I think Janet Albrechtsen was a bit harsh yesterday. Waleed Aly exposed himself as a hypocrite. In the past, Aly has seemingly ducked for cover … Continue reading

Posted in Libertarians don't live by argument alone, National Security, Politics, Rule of law, Terrorism, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 222 Comments

Bit of an own goal

Something I found on twitter: We, Australian taxpayers, pay $1.08 BILLION each year for offshore processing. That’s about $650k PER refugee PER year. It is an insane waste of YOUR money https://t.co/W1uRmmsZ1o — Julian Burnside (@JulianBurnside) August 3, 2018 My … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, National Security, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 65 Comments

Why do Liberal governments cover up ALP stuff ups?

Miranda Devine reports some good news: Five years after he was wrongly accused of being part of the “Jedi council” porn ring and sacked by former Army chief David Morrison, the Army has admitted its mistake. “Karel Dubsky was not … Continue reading

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Military priorities

The same week the Vanuatu government denied press reports that China would be building a military base there, the new head of the ADF has demonstrated why the Chinese are emboldened enough to do so. Campbell’s first act after being … Continue reading

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Nuclear weapons for Australia

While I agree with the sentiment, this is more than a little bit cheeky: Her [NZ PM Jacinda Ardern] arrival coincided with a speech in Sydney by her deputy, Winston Peters, who argued that Australia should consider nuclear armament as … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, National Security | 65 Comments