Asylum seekers and political fantasy

The following article was published on ABC Online in September 2011 in response to the Australian High Court’s decision on the repatriation of asylum seekers from Australian territory to Malaysia for processing. My aim was to cut through the surface debate and ask some questions about its meaning for the literally fantastic quality of Australian […]

human rights & elections

Readers may be interested in this opinion piece I wrote during Australia’s hung parliament after the 2010 federal election. Independents should put human rights first

arendt & world politics

Ever since I read The Origins of Totalitarianism in 1999 I have been a fan of the philosophy and writings of Hannah Arendt. While I may have initially been drawn to what Margaret Canovan calls the ‘postmodern’ Arendt (one of her many faces) I think for me it was also a way of finding my […]