If we do not imitate Christ or Christ-like models
we will continue to imitate each other and remain in the thrall of rivalry
and violence. (René Girard)
Australia and Timor-Leste
World War II, Indonesian Occupation, and Australian Spying
Tens of thousands of Australians have proved firm friends of the Timorese, but the history of official Australian complicity in Timorese suffering needs to be understood and acknowledged.
Mimetic Theory and Scapegoating
Girard's ground-breaking insights into human imitation, rivalry, scapegoating and violence provide an exciting means of understanding behaviour and working towards the common good.
Crimes against humanity
The people of West Papua are suffering in an oppressive Indonesian occupation. Papuans say "They want our land; they do not want our people". This brutal and secretive situation is happening on Australia's doorstep.