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Defend whistleblowers, defend democracy - protesters outside the ACT Supreme Court on November 13

Whistleblower David McBride is going to be sentenced in the new year after he was denied the opportunity to appeal and prosecutors argued against further delays. Binoy Kampmark reports.

Australians for War Powers Reform is calling for greater transparency after the defence minister announced more troops had been sent to an undisclosed location in the Middle East. Paul Gregoire reports. 

Canberra is happy to outsource its military and security establishment to Washington’s former mandarins, with many earning a pile in consultancy fees. Binoy Kampmark reports.

Elite soldiers in the Australian army are still asked to participate in a “Conduct After Capture” course, which uses torture, sexual assault and dehumanisation techniques, writes Damien de Pyle.

David McBride

Calls are growing louder for charges to be dropped against ADF whistleblower David McBride, who will face a criminal court next year, reports Pip Hinman.

Anti-war protest at Disrupt Land Forces October 4

Anti-war activists and workers should view with suspicion and be very wary of any further Australian military intervention in the war in Ukraine, argue Alex Bainbridge and Peter Boyle.

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Sydney Stop the War Coalition released a statement opposing the deployment of Australian Defence Force trainers and raising concerns about the lack of parliamentary oversight, reports Kerry Smith.

Peace activists in Australia should be demanding that Australia's Prime Minister listen to the just requests of the Ukrainian people and government, argues Federico Fuentes.

Australian army soldiers and defence minister richard marles

Peace groups have spoken out against the federal government’s “mulling” over sending the Australian army to Europe to train Ukrainian soldiers. Kerry Smith reports.

The Brisbane Exhibition Centre is about to play host to Land Forces, a weapons expo. As Miriam Torzillo and Lilli Barto report, it is not not about defence but the business of war.

Labor’s review of Australia’s defence capability is likely to continue the same big spending on offensive weapons and make the Asia-Pacific an increasingly dangerous place, argues William Briggs.

Failures of Command book cover

Alex Salmon reviews Failures of Command, a book about a family's search for truth about their son's death just two months after his deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.