Rex Patrick

Rex Patrick is a former Senator for South Australia and earlier a submariner in the armed forces. Best known as an anti-corruption and transparency crusader - www.transparencywarrior.com.au.
Secret Treasury advice. Neither frank nor fearless but dishonest and fearful

Secret Treasury advice. Neither frank nor fearless but dishonest and fearful

Senior officials regularly give advice to Ministers and are paid very well to do so. But how frank and fearless is ...
Future Made in Australia? It’s all in the execution

Future Made in Australia? It’s all in the execution

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s ‘Made in Australia’ policy could be bad, good or great for Australia, depending ...
Secret Defence docs: we need a large civilian workforce for AUKUS nuclear submarine reactors

Secret Defence docs: we need a large civilian workforce for AUKUS nuclear submarine reactors

An internal report that Defence tried to keep secret highlights the high risks involved in growing a civilian ...
Washington Syndrome: Australia’s sovereignty sell-out hidden in plain sight

Washington Syndrome: Australia’s sovereignty sell-out hidden in plain sight

Defence Minister Richard Marles rolled out some glossy new brochures this week spelling out the composition of the ...
Modular Reactors. Peter Dutton hasn’t done his nuclear homework

Modular Reactors. Peter Dutton hasn’t done his nuclear homework

Is Peter Dutton’s proposed ‘rollout’ of modular nuclear reactors real policy or just politics? What research has ...
“An Awkward Problem”: Julian Assange and the Australian dog that didn’t bark

“An Awkward Problem”: Julian Assange and the Australian dog that didn’t bark

Joe Biden says he’s “considering” an end to the prosecution of Julian Assange. Anthony Albanese says, “enough is ...
The cost of needless secrecy on nuclear. What’s the scam?

The cost of needless secrecy on nuclear. What’s the scam?

The Defence Department and the ADF should keep secrets important to protect our national security. But that ...
Orwell revisited. Transparency sucked down the electronic memory hole of disappearing messages

Orwell revisited. Transparency sucked down the electronic memory hole of disappearing messages

Government officials are using disappearing text messages to circumvent scrutiny, threatening transparency and ...
Spies Like Us: why the Government is still backing Woodside over Timor-Leste

Spies Like Us: why the Government is still backing Woodside over Timor-Leste

Two decades after the Howard Government spied on Timor-Leste’s seabed boundary negotiating team, the Albanese ...
Government pays lawyers 5x fee estimates to hide advice on how to reduce gas prices. What’s the scam?

Government pays lawyers 5x fee estimates to hide advice on how to reduce gas prices. What’s the scam?

The Federal Government is going to extraordinary lengths to prevent the public who pays them seeing a paper that ...
Rex Patrick’s Federal Court win a victory for transparency and a loss for government secrecy

Rex Patrick’s Federal Court win a victory for transparency and a loss for government secrecy

Does a change to a new Minister kill an ongoing FOI to the old Minister? Can a replaced Minister’s dirt be swept ...

AUKwardUS: Peter Dutton’s Albo nuclear wedge may cost us hundreds of billions

Peter Dutton’s proposal for Australia to adopt nuclear power is a dumb idea, but it’s good politics. Anthony ...

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