Who owns Australia? Who owns the Pacific?

Who owns Australia? Who owns the Pacific?

While the Australian Labor Party squanders billions of dollars chasing a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council to appease the ghost of its former leader, sacrificed before completing even one full term as Prime Minister, to the insatiable appetites of the gods Greed and Self Interest lining their own political pockets in the process, Australia and its Pacific neighbours are being sold by one of Australia’s wealthiest men to ...

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Kevin Rudd the folly of follies

Kevin Rudd the folly of follies

TONY JONES: Now Labor has been talking for a long time about staying focused on our own region. What’s new about the new direction? KEVIN RUDD: Well, around Australia we have what the strategic analysts used to call “the arc of instability”, that is across East Timor, Papua New Guinea, through Melanesia, as a strategic concept. But if you look at it over the last 10 years, that concept has ...

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Sex, guns, drugs and terrorism

Sex, guns, drugs and terrorism

What a combination, but what do they have to do with Blak and Black? To steal a line from Gore Vidal’s Caligula, “everything and nothing”. Nothing, because Blak and Black is a site dedicated to raising awareness about political corruption in Australia and how this impacts on the legal rights of the indigenous peoples of Australia and the Pacific. Everything, because Australia’s child sex-tourism laws are being abused by the ...

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Indigeneity: the unifying factor

Indigeneity: the unifying factor

A cause doesn’t drive itself. It requires dedication, research and interrogation of facts to sift out the fiction, to find buried lies. That’s what I do. I search and question and sift until pieces start to fit together and in that process, I have realised that my cause is part of something much bigger and much more complex. The issues at the seat of my cause have turned out to ...

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Australia tramples on indigenous peoples rights in the 'arc of instability'

Australia tramples on indigenous peoples rights in the ‘arc of instability’

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), established in 1979, enforces Commonwealth criminal law and protects Australia’s interests at a national and international level. The AFP also contracts out a general policing service to the Australian Capital Territory Government, where it has recently been accused of torture and other human rights violations. The idea expressed by Sir Robert Peel, the father of modern policing in 1829, that police are not merely tools ...

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The AFP and Australian Neo-Colonial Commercial Exploitation in Timor and the Pacific

The AFP and Australian Neo-Colonial Commercial Exploitation in Timor and the Pacific

AFP deploys to East Timor, AFP media release, Sunday, 28 May 2006 “The Australian Federal Police (AFP) can confirm a 45-member team will be deployed to East Timor tomorrow in support of the Australian Defence Force led effort to stabilise the country. The team will be in addition to a six-member AFP advisory group which arrived in Dili in the early hours of this morning. The AFP members will be ...

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Pots, kettles and Australian hypocrisy!

Pots, kettles and Australian hypocrisy!

Link to Media Watch story. Mike Duffy: This is New Delhi’s main Commonwealth Games Stadium. And this is the police security gate. While they’re distracted by their own cars, I breeze in with an oversized suitcase. There are dozens of police but nobody asks me what it’s for. And this is no ordinary piece of luggage. — Channel Seven News, 20th September, 2010 For anyone who watched Media Watch last ...

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