Economy of death

The recently announced plans by the federal government to increase military exports and industry must be read as the latest step toward a militarised Australian economy.

They had no choice

ANIMALS have served in war for hundreds of years, from elephants during the time of Hannibal, to the present day bomb-sniffing dogs used in the Afghanistan conflict.

Ministry of War

On the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan in Vietnam, we look back on the war that divided a nation and – some would say – divided a church.

Rules of engagement

PENNY MULVEY The tranquil view from the windows of neat as a pin Cape-Cod houses across to the waters of Aquidneck Island belied the topic of conversation – how Christians, and the church in particular, hold a commitment

A well-worn path

Book | Quarterly Essay- Firing Line, Australia’s Path To War | James Brown Review by GARTH JONES ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum.’ (‘If you want peace, prepare for war’).

War wounds

Book | Moral Injury – unseen wounds in an age of barbarism | Edited by Tom Frame By Penny Mulvey What happens to those who, due to particular circumstances, are faced with having to make unacceptable decisions; choices w

A Home At Christmas – For Those With None

Pioneers from the 2/2nd digging-in, Syria, November 1941. Wikipedia. I’ll be home for Christmas You can plan on me. Please have the snow and mistletoe And presents on the tree.

Testament of Youth review

Review by Emmet O’Cuana Film| Testament of Youth| M Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth, the first of a series of lengthy memoirs, is a classic appeal to pacifism inspired by the horrors of the First World War.

Mockingjay – Unexpected messages

Film |   The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 That’s an ugly set of punctuation marks. Some years ago film reviewers liked to poke fun at movie titles so overlong they needed their own clauses.