Sigmund Freud once famously said: "sometimes a pipe is just a pipe".
Freud's aphorism warns against over-analysis. But it only take a cursory glance at the recently approved gas pipeline, connecting Tennant Creek and Mt Isa, to see that sometimes a pipeline is more than just a pipeline.
Aussie politicians posturing in response to President Trump’s immigration bans would do well to pay attention to the new Secretary of State. Former oil executive Rex Tillerson used his confirmation hearing to assert that the new administration will deny China access to artificial islands they’ve built in the South China Sea.
When I woke to the news that the USA military would be conducting amphibious manoeuvres on my local beach, I decided to seize the opportunity to protest the context of a growing foreign military presence in and around Darwin. This growing foreign presence has contributed to the largest ever Darwin component of the biennial Talisman Sabre war rehearsals, amid counter-strategic posturing towards China.