Australia and the Rules Based International Order

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18 April 2018

One of the most frequently heard phrases from Prime Minister Turnbull and Foreign Minister Bishop is their reiteration of a belief in the “rules based international order.”  This phrase is usually invoked in the context of a criticism of behaviour by foreign political leaders, or their nations. It has been invoked for example, in the case of Russia’s alleged intervention in Ukraine or Crimea, or China asserting its interests in the South China Sea. Continue reading

S Attacks Syria:  Disregards Evidence and International Law

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14 April 2018

On 13 April 2018 the United States, the United Kingdom and France carried out military strikes against Syrian government positions. This was claimed by the United States Government and its allies, including Australia, to be in response to the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces in the Douma region close to Damascus on 7 April 2018. Continue reading

Lessons From the Fiftieth Anniversary of the King Assassination

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8 April 2018

The 4 of April 2018 marked the 50thanniversary of the assassination of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King. The media coverage in Australia followed the same pattern that has been observed in the previous anniversaries. Tribute was paid to King’s legacy of non-violent resistance; his opposition to the Vietnam War; and the stock attribution of his murder to a “lone white racist”, James Earl Ray. Continue reading

The Rapidly Evolving Skripal Story: Evidence of the Destruction of an Anglo-American Plan

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6 April 2018

On 4th of March 2018 former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were found on a park bench in Salisbury England at 16. 15 hours in an unconscious state.

They were tended to by a number of passers by who included a doctor, an off duty nurse and some civilians. It was not known at that stage what had caused the Skripal’s illness. No one had any reason to believe that they were the victims of any nerve agent, and accordingly took no precautions against such a possibility. Despite the very well documented dangers of even casual contact with nerve agents, none of those helpful citizens suffered any ill-effects. Continue reading

Australia Confirms its Colonial Status With Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

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31 March 2018

Both the prime minister and the Foreign Minister are trained lawyers. As part of the training they would have been imbued with some of the most profound and enduring concepts of the common law. These include such fundamental points as the presumption of innocence; the onus of proof being upon the accuser; the standard of proof in serious cases being very high; that the evidence should be considered by an impartial arbiter; that the conclusion should be based upon admissible evidence; and that one should refrain from prejudicial pre-trial statements at the risk of being held in contempt of Court. Continue reading