Recent radio, television, press and on-line publoication discussions with Australia Defence Association participation

Working with the media is integral to the Australia Defence Association's independent public-interest watchdog role, especially our public education and our long-term focused public-interest advocacy responsibilities. These records include transcripts, audio archives or podcasts from media interviews, discussion programs and on-line opinion fora featuring longer or more significant ADA input on a topic of particular public interest at the time.

Transcripts or podcasts from radio or television news programs are generally not featured because they are rarely available and the short "news-grab" format involved means ADA commentary is necessarily very limited anyway and usually subject to significant truncation. Especially where TV news fits comments into the vision they have available, rather than covers all aspects of the issue concerned in much detail.

Please also note that selective or out-of-context quotation, or other heavy editing, means some news interviews do not end up accurately or fairly reflecting the ADA's actual policy position because they have not included our full comments.

Some commentary from major daily current affairs programs is also included below, even if relatively brief, where the importance of the subject warrants it.

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If you wish to enquire about matters raised in these programs, or provide feedback to the ADA on its commentary generally, you can do so on our enquiries or feedback pages respectively.


Interviews: 2017-18

Interviews: 2014-16

Interviews: 2012-13

  • What might Australia's impending withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan mean

    29 October 2013, "Breaking Politics" (Fairfax Media TV): Australia's impending withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan is discussed by ADA executive director, Neil James.

  • Can the Navy be moved out of Sydney Harbour

    27 August 2013, "Breaking Politics" (Fairfax Media TV): The implications of a potential move of the Navy's Fleet Base East from Garden Island in Sydney Harbour are discussed by ADA executive director, Neil James.

  • Therese Rein visiting Afghanistan

    29 July 2013, 2GB: Potential implications of a spouse accompanying a PM to a war zone are discussed by ADA executive director, Neil James.

  • New Coalition plan to tackle people smuggling

    25 July 2013, ABC News24 "Capital Hill": Potential problems with aspects of the Coalition's proposed plan to tackle asylum people smuggling are discussed by ADA executive director, Neil James. The ADA's formal comment about these concerns can be found at

  • Panel discussion on modern asylum-seeking

    01 July 2013, ABC "Big Ideas": The "wicked problem" of modern asylum seeking was discussed by a panel at the Noosa Long Weekend Festival on 16 June 2013. Especially how Australia's much different geo-strategic situation to most countries causes particular practical, legal and moral dilemmas with implementation of our resonsibilities under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

  • Use of psychotropic drugs to treat PTSD

    24 April 2013, ABC "Lateline": The potential dangers in using certain psychotropic drugs during the treatment of serving and former defence force personnel suffering PTSD are discussed by ADA executive director, Neil James.

  • ABC News24: "Capital Hill" panel discussion on the consequences of cutting defence investment

    28 September 2012: Panellists comprised Neil James from the ADA, Peter Jenkins from ASPI and Dr Ben Schreer from the SDSC at ANU.

  • Release of the Phase-2 HREOC Report on Women in the ADF

    22 August 2012, ABC News Radio: Preliminary ADA comment on the release of the Phase-2 Report by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission concerning female employment in our defence force (the Broderick Report).

  • Insensitive comments about Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith and his spouse

    29 February 2012, 6PR (Perth), Interview with Howard Sattler. ADA condemnation of highly insensitive comments made on the the Channel 10 television program "The Circle" about Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, VC, MG, and his spouse.

Interviews: 2011

Interviews: 2010

Interviews: 2009

Interviews: 2008

Interviews: 2007

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