An interview with Steve Ludlam, former Head of the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC).Listen to podcast
Discussing all things security and current affairs with John Bruni, David Olney and moderator Alicia Moraw.Listen to podcast
Dominating the headlines this week was the stability of the Abbott government. After weeks of speculation as to whether or not Prime Minister Abbott would remain in his position or be replaced by the ‘silent candidate’ Malcolm Turnbull, rumours of Abbott’s demise have been put to rest for now. But will a bounce in the polls be enough to save the Liberal leader? Or is this a short respite before the knives come out again? And if the Abbott prime ministership ends, what will this mean for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten?
Also dominating the headlines this week is the aftermath of the assassination of Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was gunned down after having dined with his girlfriend of 3 years, Anna Durytska. Durytska recently fled Russia to be with her family in Kiev. So, who would have the motivation to order such a high profile hit during such a sensitive time in Russian affairs? President Putin certainly has a fair share of domestic and international enemies.
Dominating the headlines this week was the issue regarding food labelling laws in Australia following the Nanna’s frozen berries Hepatitis A scare. Food security will be increasingly of interest to people as global supply chains fully replace local food production. How safe is our food in this brave new world of multilateral trade deals, often involving countries that have lax or non-existent basic levels of quality control? Also dominating the headlines this week is the Abbott government’s decision to deploy an extra 200 Australian soldiers to Iraq (along with a NZ contribution of 140) on a training mission to shore up the regime of Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad. Is this what it appears to be? Or, does this latest Australian deployment signify a slow yet inexorable escalation in the West’s war against ISIL?Listen to podcast
Submarine Special. When is a competitive evaluation process the same as a tender? Do we need submarines as part of Australia’s order of battle? Was the experience with the Collins class as bad as media reports contend?Listen to podcast
Dominating the headlines this week is the idea of America supplying ‘defensive weapons’ to Ukraine in its war against pro-Russian separatists. What will this mean for Europe and American European policy?Listen to podcast
Dominating the headlines this week was the release of Australian journalist, Peter Greste who, while on assignment in Egypt for the Qatari news agency, Al Jazeera, was arrested on the charge of news reporting that damaged Egyptian national security. Greste spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison along with two of his colleagues, dual Canadian-Egyptian national, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy & Egyptian national, Baher Mohamed. Fierce lobbying by Al Jazeera and Australian authorities managed to free Greste, who, is now safely home in Brisbane, his colleagues’ fates, however, remains uncertain. So what led to this situation to begin with.Listen to podcast
Dominating the headlines this week was the win by Greek political party Syriza. What does this mean for Greece? What does it mean for Greece’s place in the European Union and for the European Union project?Listen to podcast