Injustice within Justice

Injustice within Justice

I have borrowed the title from Michael Stolleis’ oxymoronically titled book Justice within Injustice which is about, oxymoronically, justice in the Third Reich. After having read Stolleis’ essays, in which he argues that the loss of personal freedoms under the Third Reich was more an erosion of freedoms that a revolutionary break with the past, I was struck by the parallels between what Stolleis argues happened under the Third Reich ...

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AFP corruption and their per diem

AFP corruption and their per diem

In the 1960s Donald Horne observed, “Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck.” This observation was followed in the 1990s by Paul Keating when he made his famous Placido Domingo speech at the Press Club, in which he noted that Australia has never had a great leader of the stature of an Abraham Lincoln, a Franklin Roosevelt or a Winston Churchill. While I loathe ...

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White Australian ‘just-us’ and the indigenous people of the Pacific

White Australian ‘just-us’ and the indigenous people of the Pacific

“Rio Tinto played an active role in military operations that ultimately led to a civil war in which 15,000 people died. Because of Rio Tinto’s financial influence in Papua New Guinea, the company controlled the government. The government of PNG followed Rio Tinto’s instructions and carried out its requests. BCL played an active role in the war supplying helicopters, pilots, troops, transportation, fuel and troop barracks. It is my opinion ...

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The curse of mineral wealth

The curse of mineral wealth

The heading of this post is not at attempt at an inscrutable Oscar Wilde type conundrum, it is a statement of fact for indigenous people unfortunate enough to inhabit land endowed with natural wealth. Indigenous natural wealth brings with it the curse of the attention of the ‘western juggernaut of greed’ which exploits and destroys indigenous cultures in the name of corporate profit and white man’s insatiable greed for other ...

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Neo-Colonialism in the Torres Strait

Neo-Colonialism in the Torres Strait

An interesting advertorial appeared in last Friday’s The National in Papua New Guinea. This advertorial appears to be a copy of a letter written by Mr Niwia Sawabarri, Chairman of the Masaingle Association to Prime Minister Gillard. The letter is a follow-up to submissions made by Mr Sawabarri to the Australian Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on 18 June, 2010 which had been tasked with looking into ...

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How about some honesty and transparency, please!

How about some honesty and transparency, please!

Chinese mafia groups have infiltrated and corrupted the highest levels of Papua New Guinea’s police force, crippling the struggling nation’s attempts to tackle its law-and-order crisis and posing a potential national security threat to Australia. An Age investigation has uncovered alleged links between 16 of PNG’s most senior police and Asian criminals implicated in people-smuggling, money-laundering, prostitution, illegal gambling, fraud and theft. Australian authorities fear that PNG’s police are so ...

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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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