Why are we obsessed with boat people?

This article first appeared in Crikey (sister publication to the website I write for Property Observer) and behind the pay-wall. I’ve also included some of the comments my story generated underneath. For all the eight years I have lived in Australia — I am now a permanent resident — I  have never understood the obsession we … Continue reading Why are we obsessed with boat people?

My Orwellian odyssey: a descent into the fiction of George Orwell

As it happened, I was in the midst of reading “Burmese Days”, George Orwell’s very fine first novel about imperialism and prejudice set within a rural Burmese village during British rule, when the plans for “Operation Fortitude” were made public. The press release, issued by Australian Border Force on the morning of Friday, August 28 … Continue reading My Orwellian odyssey: a descent into the fiction of George Orwell