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news March 25, 2016
Joseph Acquaro and the Calabrian Mafia
The murder of lawyer Joseph Acquaro might have opened another chapter in Melbourne’s gangland wars. But it’s also part of the longer story of the Calabrian Mafia’s seeming ability to avoid investigation and prosecution.
news March 12, 2016
Bushfire prevention strategy questioned after Lancefield
After the Lancefield fires, caused by a planned burn, the Victorian government has backed away from Black Saturday royal commission recommendations. But communities remain mistrustful of new strategies.
news March 19, 2016
Numan Haider inquest reveals policing oversights
The inquest into the shooting of radicalised teenager Numan Haider reveals ASIO phone taps not shared with police, which might have saved him and officers from being put in harm’s way.
news March 05, 2016
Cardinal George Pell’s royal commission testimony
The remarkable part of George Pell’s royal commission testimony is not its insensitivity but what it asks people to believe.
news February 27, 2016
Policing domestic violence
As the victim of a violent, menacing partner, Mary turned to the police for help. Years later, she feels as vulnerable as ever.
news February 20, 2016
Backlash against CSIRO’s ‘cowboy’ chief Larry Marshall
As Larry Marshall signals cuts to various programs, CSIRO staff say he is either out of his depth or has questionable motives – or both.
news February 13, 2016
Closing the Gap a ritual of empty words
Malcolm Turnbull’s first Closing the Gap address acknowledges shortcomings and delivers platitudes but fails to make progress.
news February 06, 2016
The lawful truth of the High Court’s offshore detention decision
The High Court’s ruling that offshore detention is legal has cruelly condemned 37 Australian-born babies to a life of uncertainty on a bleak island. What was the government's ‘sleight of hand’ that protected our immigration policy?
news January 30, 2016
Inside corrupt sports betting
Recent allegations concerning top-level tennis highlight a growing market in corruption that goes hand in hand with a rise in online gambling.
news January 23, 2016
Holiday surprises for Malcolm Turnbull
Traditionally, Christmas and new year marks a flat spot for political news. But the past few weeks have thrown up their share of woe for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
news December 19, 2015
2015: A carnival of cognitive dissonance
If anything existed to make sense of the past year, it was a stubborn refusal to accept realities – in politics, in sport, in life.
news December 12, 2015
Inside the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption
The trade union royal commission has been haunted by politicisation since it began, ranging from the Gillard–AWU claims, to the attempted ousting of Commissioner Dyson Heydon, to last weekend’s arrests. But with all the drama, are we missing the point?