• Business

    Checkout capitalism


    Sanjoy Paul |  February 22, 2024


    As you pack your own purchases at Coles or Woolworths this week, having paid 50% more for your family’s food that you did a couple of years ago, take a moment to consider the ways Australia’s predatory duopoly dominates the nation’s food supply and exemplify the ‘chokepoint capitalism’ defined by Cory Doctorow.


  • Defence and Security

    Is bigger big enough?


    Malcolm Davis |  February 22, 2024


    The Federal Government’s plan to expand Australian naval power is welcome, although the review tacitly accepts that a lack of manpower is as big a problem as a lack of modern ships and missile firepower.


  • Pacific

    Turmoil in PNG


    Michael Kabuni |  February 22, 2024


    PNG has been riven by looting and political instability after police departed their posts due to salary deductions.


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  • Leadership in the Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 21, 2024

    The South Pacific has strong societies but weak states, and the social traditions which hold them together are beginning to shift and fade, underlining the importance of better Australian leadership in the region.

  • Navy 2.0

    Peter Layton     |      February 21, 2024

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  • Stay the course with Ukraine

    Peter Tesch     |      February 20, 2024

    The West cannot turn its back on Ukraine in the face of Vladimir Putin’s remorseless and ruthless aggression. He must be stopped and turned back, or Western Europe itself will be in grave danger.

  • High-temperature superconductivity breakthrough

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  • Make room, make room

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  • The man who scared Putin

    Robert Horvath     |      February 19, 2024

    The death of Alexei Navalny in an Arctic labour camp is a blow to all those who dreamed he might emerge as the leader of a future democratic Russia.

  • Ersatz intelligence

    Paul Compton     |      February 19, 2024

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  • A light went out in Russia

    Mark Nicol     |      February 19, 2024

    The death of Russian dissident and opposition leader Alexei Navalny in an Arctic prison is a tragedy for Russia and hopes for a more peaceful and democratic world.

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  • Drones won’t win the war for Ukraine

    Paul Lushenko     |      February 17, 2024

    Ukraine has used cheap remotely piloted drones with great success on the battlefield against the Russian invaders, but these tactical weapons will not win the war, and Ukraine is still crying out for the major weapon systems – such as F16 fighters – which would sway the conflict in their direction.