OUR WRITERS

ALISON BROINOWSKI is an Australian former diplomat, academic and author. Her books and articles concern Australia’s interactions with the world. She is President of Australians for War Powers Reform.

SCOTT BURCHILL has a PhD and is Honorary Fellow at Deakin University. He is the author of The National Interest in International Relations Theory (Palgrave Macmillan 2005), Misunderstanding International Relations (Palgrave Macmillan 2020). He has also taught at Monash University, University of Melbourne and University of Tasmania, and is a regular commentator on ABC Radio and TV.

MATILDA BYRNE is undertaking a PhD at RMIT’s Social and Global Studies Centre where she is a sessional lecturer in international relations, security, global governance and disarmament. She is the National Coordinator of the Australia Stop Killer Robots campaign, based at SafeGround, an Australian non-profit that seeks to reduce impacts of legacy and emerging weapons. Find more at @tbyrne11

EVE COGAN is a journalist and multimedia producer, studying Journalism at UTS University of Technology Sydney. She works at ABC News Channel and freelances with a focus on science and technology. Eve has previously worked with the School of The New York Times, The Conversation and The Sunday Telegraph. Find more at www.evecogan.com and @EveCogan

MICHELLE FAHY is an independent writer and researcher, specialising in the examination of connections between the weapons industry and government, and has written in various independent publications. She is on twitter @FahyMichelle, and on Substack at UndueInfluence.substack.com

CLINTON FERNANDES is Professor of International and Political Studies at the University of New South Wales. A former intelligence officer in the Australian Army, Clinton specialises in strategic studies with a focus on international relations and strategy, especially on issues concerning the national interests of Australia. His latest book, Subimperial Power: Australia in the International Arena, by Clinton Fernandes, is published by Melbourne University Publishing. 

NICKY HAGER is an investigative reporter and author of seven books. He has written widely on New Zealand and allied intelligence operations, including two books. His latest book, Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour, on civilian casualties during an NZSAS raid in Afghanistan, led to a major government inquiry.

MICK HALL is an independent journalist based in New Zealand. He is a former digital journalist at Radio New Zealand (RNZ) and former Australian Associated Press (AAP) staffer, having also written investigative stories for various newspapers, including the New Zealand Herald. You can find him on Substack.

JENNY HOCKING is an award-winning author, Emeritus Professor at Monash University, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow at the Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University. She is the author of numerous books including the highly acclaimed two-volume biography of Gough Whitlam, and her latest book The Palace Letters: The Queen, the governor-general, and the plot to dismiss Gough Whitlam.

PETER JOB has completed a PhD in International and Political Studies from the University of New South Wales in Canberra. In 1978 he helped run a clandestine radio network in northern Australia receiving messages from Fretilin inside East Timor, including about the forced famine. Peter has now completed a PhD in International and Political Studies from the University of New South Wales in Canberra. His new book, A Narrative of Denial: Australia and the Indonesian Violation of East Timor, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2021. @JobPeterjob1

SEAN JOHNSON is a former Liberal ministerial adviser and public affairs consultant, and is the founder of Open Politics, an online resource providing increased public scrutiny of the private interests of Australian federal politicians.

MARY KOSTAKIDIS is a journalist, presented SBS World News for two decades, and is a former Chair of USYD’s Sydney Peace Foundation. Her Op-Ed articles have included matters surrounding Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks. She has covered Julian Assange’s extradition court proceedings live on Twitter. @MaryKostakidis

KRISTO LANGKER is an independent journalist and producer for “FriendlyJordies” news and commentary site. He travelled to the border region of PNG earlier this year and filmed a report on the killings and plight of the refugees. His report titled “Paradise Bombed”, was broadcast online in August 2023. A subsequent report “Hostage Land” tells of the hostage crisis in the Nduga Regency in West Papua.

SCOTT LUDLAM is a writer, activist and former Australian Greens Senator. His latest book is Full Circle: A search for the world that comes next.

DAVID MCBRIDE is a lawyer and writer, who was charged in 2018 over his leaking details to the media of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan. His trial commenced in November 2023, and in May 2024 he was, incredibly, sentenced to 5 years 8 months imprisonment. His book, The Nature of Honour, was published in November 2023. He tweets from @MurdochCadell 

PHIL MILLER is a journalist and author. He is Declassified UK’s chief reporter, and is the author of Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries Who Got Away With War Crimes. Follow him on Twitter at @pmillerinfo 

JOHN PILGER was an Australian journalist who for more than 50 years reported on the injustices of capitalism and the tyranny of Western imperialism, from Cambodia and Vietnam, to East Timor and Palestine, and beyond, even into the UK and Australia. He gave voice to the unheard, the indigenous, the poor, the occupied, the displaced, and is an inspiration to many young journalists. His journalism archive can be found at www.johnpilger.com 

DAVID ROBIE is a journalist and editor of Asia Pacific Report and Café Pacific. He is former Professor of Communication Studies and Pacific Journalism, and founding Director of the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology. 

FELICITY RUBY is a PhD candidate at Sydney University undertaking research on surveillance and democracy. She is the co-editor of A Secret Australia: Revealed by the WikiLeaks exposés.

STEPHANIE TRAN is a Journalism/Law student at UTS University of Technology Sydney, and is a paralegal at Marque Lawyers. She has been a Young Walkleys finalist, and has also written for The Guardian and Michael West Media. She tweets from @sstephanietrann

KELLIE TRANTER is a lawyer, researcher, and human rights advocate. She publishes, and tweets from @KellieTranter

SASHA UZUNOV is a photo journalist, film maker, researcher, and a former Australian soldier. His documentary film ‘Timor Tour of Duty’ was awarded a Platinum Reel Award from the 2009 Nevada Film Festival in the US.

PAT WALSH is a human rights advocate and author. He is co-founder of ‘Inside Indonesia’ magazine, and was an adviser to East Timor’s Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (Comissão de Acolhimento, Verdade e Reconciliação – CAVR), and its successor bodies. His recent writings, including the research paper, ‘Backgrounder on Prabowo Subianto’, can be found on his website www.patwalsh.net

DEAN YATES is a workplace mental health expert, podcast host, and journalist. He is an outspoken advocate on mental health, press freedom and government accountability. He worked for 26 years at Reuters, the international news agency. He was bureau chief in Iraq, responsible for 100 people, and later head of mental health strategy from 2017-2020. His book Line in the Sand: A life-changing journey through a body and a mind after trauma, was published in 2023.

PETER CRONAU is an award-winning investigative journalist, writer, and film-maker. His documentaries have appeared on ABC TV’s Four Corners and Radio National’s Background Briefing. He is an editor and cofounder of DECLASSIFIED AUSTRALIA, and can be reached here.

ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN is an award-winning independent journalist, author and film-maker who has written for the Guardian, New York Times and many others. He is an editor and cofounder of DECLASSIFIED AUSTRALIA, and can be reached here.