Terrific op-ed by my colleague James Brown in today's Guardian, which calls out the Government and Opposition for their inflated, even comic book, rhetoric on ISIS (Tony Abbott's outrage-thesaurus is on display in this video). 

'The pressing question now', writes James, 'is what Australia should do next when Barack Obama determines whether the US should seek to crush, or merely contain Isis'. The world still very much awaits a clear answer from the President on that issue; he only muddied the waters in his remarks yesterday.

James and I discussed these and other issues relating to Australia's involvement in the fight against ISIS in this podcast recorded yesterday. We plan to do these regularly as the situation develops, with occasional guests invited along for the discussion (though promise I will improve the sound quality from my end in future recordings — sorry about that...).