Speechless with horror and disgust

I’ve posted very little for some time now,  not been because there’s been nothing to say, but rather because there has been so much to say I’ve been speechless. I’m speechless at the hypocrisy of the current government. I’m speechless at their casual, brutal disregard for the truth. I’m speechless at the sneering, arrogant cynicism […]

A Letter to the International Criminal Court

By email to otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int Re: Australian Government Ministers breaching Article 7 of the Rome Convention Dear Prosecutor, I write as a citizen of Australia, deeply concerned at the behaviour of ministers of our Federal Government; behaviour that I am effectively powerless to stop, but which I believe is so appalling as to be in breach […]

Jumping The Queue – a tragedy of one act

Act 1 Scene: A Border Protection court. In the dock, the Smith family (not their real name): Mr. Smith (624791), Mrs. Smith (624792), and 7 year-old Jane Smith (624793) (not their real numbers) Presiding, The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Minister: You stand accused of four serious crimes. The first count is: That you […]

Come in spinner!

Come in spinner!

Read this. And weep. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-30/documents-suggest-fawad-ahmed-asylum-case-was-borderline/5225808 The implications of this story should be painfully obvious, but public debate these days is so polarised and facts so irrelevant that perhaps I’ll just list a few. Both sides of politics have displayed breathtaking hypocrisy in their treatment of asylum seekers. Both sides. Luckily there are more than two […]

Navy’s GPS error explained

Minister Scott Free and Lieutenant (formerly Lieutenant General) Soup Campbell faced a barrage of questions yesterday, following revelations that HMAS Stuart had been discovered 200 metres up a small creek in Indonesia for the fifth time. Lieutenant Campbell led the briefing, to explain how GPS turn-by-turn instructions had caused the problem. “Maritime navigation is a […]

Scott Free - copyright 2014 David Pope

Of course we’re shooting; it’s a war! – Scott Free

A visibly irritated Scott Free held a doorstop press conference earlier today. “We’re at war. People Smugglers are the enemy. We shoot at the enemy. How hard is that?” “I’m disappointed that the Press is having trouble connecting the dots”, he added. “Let me help you with that.” “The Prime Minister, 5265617, has already told you […]

Scott Free, this man's smuggling something

70 days in Canberra – gunboat diplomacy

Excerpted from my article  Prime Minister “One-term” Tony sets a blistering pace, about One-term Tony’s achievements in only 70 days. Sri Lanka: Determined to put Australia into the international spotlight, One-term quickly showed that he’s not afraid to disagree with, well, pretty much everybody. Canada, India and Mauritius all boycotted the CHOGM meeting in Sri Lanka […]