Opinion articles by the Australia Defence Association: 2011

David Hicks

Most public debate concerning David Hicks has always floundered in subjectivity and confusion: outwardly because of emotive criticisms or defences of his actions; more deeply, through commonplace misunderstandings about the facts and law actually applying to his original and current legal predicaments. Objective discussion needs to distinguish carefully between Hicks’ internment and his later, separate, trial — and their consequences.

Serious holes in the latest navy blame game

Recent controversy about the poor state of the Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious fleet has again demonstrated three great truths about much public debate in Australia on defence issues.

Fixing defence once and for all

Reforming the Department of Defence needs to start with a genuine first-principles review of its constitutionality, purpose and structure.

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