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Veterans' Affairs is harming Australia’s ability to manage psychological distress

Australia's mishandling of the veteran mental health crisis will cripple our ability to understand crises elsewhere, an expert has warned.

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From 'illness' to 'wellness': government rebrands a veteran mental health crisis

The Department of Veterans' Affairs has moved from a strategy of 'illness' to one of 'wellness'. Is it putting messaging ahead of the mental health of veterans?

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Betrayed and left to rot: my time with veterans in a psych ward

After 77 days in a specialist psychiatric ward, Dean Yates tells of his experience, and what he's learnt about how returned veterans suffer.

Navy officer David Finney, who took his own life in 2019 (Image: Supplied)

Fight goes on for veterans facing a mind field of pain, suicide, government inaction

Scott Morrison has been keen to show his pro-veteran credentials since assuming the prime ministership. Yet when it comes to the invisible side of being a veteran — living with the mental scars of a war that never ends — the PM has been found wanting.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton (Image: AAP/Sam Mooy)

The great cybersecurity fraud: government won't comply with its own rules

The government constantly insists Australia is under cyber attack — yet nearly three quarters of its departments fail to do even the basics of cybersecurity.

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Australia isn't the only country worried about a US-China war

China's rise has fuelled a regional arms race that will leave none of us safer.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Defence spending keeps Canberra and US in step, with or without Trump

Foreign Minister Marise Payne wouldn't be drawn by her US counterpart on China, but Australia is still very much in step with the Americans when it comes to military spending. Just ask our former defence ministers.

Scott Morrison speaks during the launch of the 2020 Defence Strategic Update (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Does Australia's big defence spending actually make any sense?

We've reached our goal: defence spending is at 2% of the GDP. But don't celebrate yet — it's a pretty dopey target.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The extremely serious consequences for Australia in Cold War 2.0

Australia's defence update has found us a nemesis. But a war between the US and China would be extremely serious for Australia.

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Afghanistan: Australia's longest war has lost so much and achieved so little

In a campaign that's cost Australia close to $10b, we've lost 41 lives and gained allegations of unlawful killings and war crimes.

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