Watch the book launch of A Secret Australia: Revealed By WikiLeaks Exposés, essays written by 18 prominent Australians.
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In this new book, A Secret Australia, eighteen prominent Australians discuss what Australia has learnt about itself from WikiLeaks revelations – revelations about a secret Australia of hidden rules and loyalty to hidden agendas. Watch the book launch live here and on replay, simulcast by CN Live! with WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson and one of the book’s editor, ABC journalist Peter Cronau.
However Australians may perceive their nation’s place in the world, WikiLeaks has shown us a startlingly different story.
This is an Australia that officials do not want us to see, where the Australian Defence Force’s ‘information operations’ are deployed to maintain public support for our foreign war contributions, where media-wide super injunctions are issued by the government to keep politicians’ and major corporations’ corruption scandals secret, where the U.S. Embassy prepares profiles of Australian politicians to fine-tune its lobbying and ensure support for the ‘right’ policies.
The revelations flowing from the releases of millions of secret and confidential official documents by WikiLeaks have helped Australians to better understand why the world is not at peace, why corruption continues to flourish, and why democracy is faltering.
This greatest ever leaking of hidden government documents in world history yields knowledge that is essential if Australia, and the rest of the world, is to grapple with the consequences of covert, unaccountable and unfettered power.
The contributors include author and former Greens Senator Scott Ludlam; former Defence Secretary Paul Barratt; lawyers Julian Burnside and Jennifer Robinson; academics Richard Tanter, Benedetta Brevini, John Keane, Suelette Dreyfus, Gerard Goggin and Clinton Fernandes, as well as writers and journalists Andrew Fowler, Quentin Dempster, Antony Loewenstein, Guy Rundle, George Gittoes, and Helen Razer, and psychologist Lissa Johnson. It is edited by Cronau and Felicity Ruby.