Unless you have had the unfortunate displeasure of being completely disinterested in politics, live under a rock or, worse still, do not care for the news, you would’ve heard that the High Court of Australia handed down its judgment on the fate of seven Members of Parliament and Senators, the most prolific of which was none other than Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce. The only survivors … Continue reading Why The High Court Got It 100% Right
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As we sit on the brink of World War Three, the situation on the Korean peninsula appears to be deteriorating on a daily basis. In what is now becoming a regular occurrence, there are heated exchanges between President Trump, and the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un. As the rest of the world sits and watches excited for more spicy meme’s which the crisis and impending … Continue reading World War Three and Memes
This week saw the violent clashes between the Spanish Government and Catalonian secessionists over an independence referendum held on the 1st of October. With some news outlets reporting that 900 people have been injured in the violence, in which police sought to disrupt the vote, it’s hard to see this issue vanishing from the headlines any time soon. The referendum, which was deemed illegal by … Continue reading Catalonia and the struggle for independence
Japan’s foreign policy in the post-world war two era is renowned for their strong focus on pacifism and non-aggression. This can be directly attributed to anti-war sentiments that arose after Japan’s defeat in the war, and also due to their own post-war constitution which came into effect in 1947; born out of a joint effort by both the Japanese government and the Allied forces during … Continue reading Japan: What’s Next for Article 9?
Supporters of the Australian Labor Party will often claim that the ALP under Gough Whitlam ended the White Australia policy. As a student of history, I find that claim exasperating. The claim that Whitlam ended White Australia revolves around the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which removed a few legal quirks from the original Immigration Restriction Act 1901. Even … Continue reading Immigration and integration are key Liberal achievements
When Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia, history was made as it marked the first visit by a Prime Minister of Israel to Australia. A monumental moment for the Australia-Israel relationship, and a reaffirmation of Western support for Israel following the deterioration of support under Barrack Obama. But as usual our resident solipsist Kevin Rudd could not let such an event occur without adding his two cents; the usual … Continue reading Is Labor serious about peace in the Middle East?