The full force of federal law this week was really being unflinchingly pointed elsewhere — at people whose names we don’t even know yet: the future whistle-blowers.
These are the real quiet Australians: the people our most important journalists rely upon to bring you the most important stories in the public interest, and they do what they do in terrifying isolation.
At a federal level, whistle-blowers in this country face jail for making disclosures about subjects including immigration and national security: exactly the kinds of subjects that require inconvenient and uncomfortable scrutiny within a healthy democracy.
The difference between the way Australia treats its Indigenous people really stood out to me when I visited New Zealand a few years ago.
Really enjoyed your reflection on the week that was Virginia. I have found some of the responses disconcerting to say the least. There was at least solace in Annabel Crabb’s analysis on the situation. Keep up the great work.
The Weekend Reads is a weekly newsletter written by Virginia Tripoli, the new morning host for ABC Melbourne. It is both a reflection on the week just past and some mixture of reflections and links, as well as a short list of popular pieces on the ABC News site.