Delighted to announce the forthcoming launch of my book - Easy Lies and Influence by Monash University Publishing
In Australia, corruption spends public funds in pursuit of power, rewards favour, and strips support from worthy programs. It silences journalists and those charged with upholding standards of integrity by depriving them of funding. Grift and stacking are commonplace as those chasing influence infiltrate the structures of power. Corruption rewards loyalty through appointments to office and by preferencing those within the favoured network ahead of others of equal or greater talent. It conceals itself through unfit-for-purpose access to information laws and processes, vague budget commitments, the assertion of unchecked executive discretion, a quick media cycle and overburdened parliamentary committees. It undermines trust in government at a time when trust is vital to keeping us safe. Corruption allows mistrust to fester, offers nourishment to conspiracy theories, and engenders civil unrest.
In Easy Lies & Influence, I consider what corruption can do to our cherished democracy, and why it is imperative that we address it.
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MICHAEL WALSH: A Ministry of Fear Rules America.
Back in 1943, the British novelist Graham Greene published “The Ministry of Fear,” a thriller set in World War II London involving mercy killings, exploding suitcases, seances, Luftwaffe air raids, outright murder, insane asylums and undercover Nazi spies. It was successfully made into a movie the following year starring Ray Milland as the troubled protagonist, and directed by Fritz Lang, himself a refugee from Hitler.
Both novel and film capture the paranoid atmosphere during that troubled time, with danger lurking even in something as innocent as a cake. Whom or what can you trust? As the world falls apart, and the future is shrouded in threat and mystery, society devolves into a dog-eat-dog struggle for survival, in which neither the old verities nor the old pieties obtain any longer.
On December 18, Karantzis was served with a Departure Prohibition Order by the Australian Taxation Office, four days after it had learned ’s Department of Home Affairs had granted him “permission to depart Australia on the grounds that he was relocating to Cyprus”. Attached to the DPO was a $5 million bill for unpaid tax that Karantzis is now fighting.