Australia is yet again the idiot of the global village, handing hackers and criminals a big win with its encryption backdoor legislation. Why are we so dumb?
Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: white terrorists, free speech and its discontents, and Plato's pooch.
The numerous controversies surrounding Steve Bannon's media appearances, including on our own Four Corners, have little to do with free speech.
For the Turnbull government, its mates get to break the rules with impunity, but any critic or opponent who can be vindictively pursued will be.
As the Palestinian Authority scrambles to maintain political power, it's engaging in violent attacks on Palestinians expressing dissent. Who does this action really benefit?
Crikey readers respond to the government's prosecution of Bernard Collaery, and Border Force's letter to a baby.
The controversy over its foreign donation and foreign interference proposals confirms that this "Liberal" government is the most authoritarian in decades.
Last Saturday, US journalist Bret Stephens brought his blandishments to local media in a nice American accent. Helen Razer was not impressed.
More tired attacks on universities and cheap tit-for-tat undermine the integrity of free speech in Australia.
Helen Razer sits down with Glenn Greenwald to reflect upon the role of journalism, and resistance, in an era where writing is often seen as an exercise in branding.