Category Archives: National Security

What is Laurie Oakes up to?

There is a very strange op-ed in the Herald Sun today by veteran political reporter Laurie Oakes: IN a radio interview on Wednesday, Special Minister of State Scott Ryan was asked about the idea of rounding up people on ASIO’s … Continue reading

Posted in National Security, Politics, Rule of law, Terrorism, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 126 Comments

Get angry? Why? Angry at whom?

Janet Albrechtsen has an otherwise excellent op-ed in the Australian this morning. First Islamic terrorists chose to kill Jews in their homeland and beyond. Then they murdered Americans working in New York’s tall buildings. They murdered people travelling on London … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics and morality, National Security | 213 Comments

The WSJ speaks to General James Mattis

This interview is from 2015 but still pretty interesting. (HT: John Adams)

Posted in American politics, International, National Security | 18 Comments

How are those submarines going to work out?

We should understand that national security expenditure has a large element of industry and welfare policy in it. Now while I agree that keeping Labor out of office is in the national interest, I also think that national security is … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Economics and economy, National Security | 119 Comments

Paul Kelly on Trump

Paul Kelly has an op-ed this morning warning about the consequences of a Trump presidency. Essential to this disruption is the confusion at the heart of the Trump debate in Australia: while Trump is extolled by some conservatives, Trump himself … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, International, National Security | 74 Comments

Guest Post: Robert Carruthers Getup & acts of foreign interference

We are a sovereign nation deciding things for ourselves or at the whim of whatever foreigners pay the biggest “bribes” to our politicians, activists or public servants. ASIO is tasked to stop acts of foreign interference: “AUSTRALIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, National Security | 5 Comments

Noah Smith on the global Islamic civil war

I’ve long known that Islamic fundamentalists are more likely to kill other Muslims than anyone else – but the magnitude of the numbers is shocking. Some of the malign energy of al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other radical Islamic groups has been … Continue reading

Posted in International, National Security | 41 Comments

The sins of the grandchildren …

Peter Dutton has managed quite a feat: a criticism of Malcolm Fraser that I think is wrong and unfair. Who could imagine commentary so wrong that Malcolm Fraser is unfairly maligned? So what did Dutton do? Mr Dutton last week … Continue reading

Posted in National Security, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 101 Comments

Our UN overlords have spoken

Australian politicians have given permission for people to act in xenophobic ways and have allowed for the rise of nationalist groups, the United Nations special rapporteur has said at the end of his first official visit. He also voiced support … Continue reading

Posted in National Security, Oppressive government, Politics | 39 Comments

Malcolm and national security

This is Greg Sheridan discussing Malcolm’s views on foreign policy. The other shocking national-security moment for many Liberals came after Attorney-General George Brandis called on Labor to dis­endorse Peta Murphy, its candid­ate for Dunkley, because she had opposed tough anti-terror … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 election, National Security | 87 Comments