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Doing things differently

By Dr Alison Broinowski  Australians, like people everywhere, are dying to get back to normal. As long as that doesn’t include actually dying, of course. Most of us are pragmatically…

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No war with Iran: No war without parliament

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Our correspondence with the Prime Minister regarding Iran, 2019Letter to the Prime Minister27 June 2019Dear Mr MorrisonI write on behalf of Australians for War Powers Reform, an organisation dedicated to…

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Should Australia be doing arms deals with Saudi Arabia?
Boys hold missile shrapnel they collected from the site of a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen. Canberra-made weapons are being sold to the Saudi Arabian government. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Should Australia be doing arms deals with Saudi Arabia?

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The war in Yemen is again in the headlines following an airstrike outside a rural hospital in Yemen’s north west last week which the BBC reports killed at least eight people, five…

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Inside Story: How, and Why, We Go to War

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Inside Story, August 2018By any standards the soldiers of the ADF’s Special Air Service regiment, or SAS, based in Perth, are elite troops. They are extraordinarily highly trained and extraordinarily…

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Time to judge our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The Somme Villers-Bretonneux Australian National War Memorial. Photo: Alamy (via Fairfax)

Time to judge our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Reports of alleged breaches of the laws of war by Australian special forces in Afghanistan have drawn attention again to the length of the war itself and its apparent ultimate…

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The Con
Australian troops waiting for US Army helicopters to return to base in Nui Dat, South Vietnam, August 1967. Image: Michael Coleridge via Wikimedia Commons

The Con

Metaphorically, if society resembles a rug, then certainly ‘we’ are not supposed to peek under it, to check out the weave, to gain some specific insight or understanding into the…

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