podcast December 05, 2023
Why private school kids run the country
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe, on why the gap between public and private schools in Australia is widening.
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podcast December 05, 2023
Why private school kids run the country
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe, on why the gap between public and private schools in Australia is widening.
News November 25, 2023
Exclusive: Less than half Albanese’s cabinet went to state schools
As figures reveal public schools are underfunded by more than $6 billion a year, unpublished research shows politicians are twice as likely as the general public to be privately educated.
News December 02, 2023
Murray–Darling plan wrenched across the line
Labor has wrested support for its legislation to save the Murray–Darling Basin with concessions to the Greens and independent senators, but the plan’s heavy reliance on water buybacks will do little to appease farmers and state governments.
podcast November 24, 2023
How Australia is taking advantage of one nation’s climate crisis
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the agreement between Australia and Tuvalu.
News November 18, 2023
The art of the Tuvalu deal
Australia’s deal with Tuvalu is the first in the world to relocate a population stranded by rising sea levels, and highlights the cynicism of policy that avoids addressing the causes of climate change.
podcast November 13, 2023
Who’s driving inflation? (hint: they’re wealthier and older)
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the Australians still spending big and why it means more economic pain for the rest of us.
News November 11, 2023
Why the cost of living is still too high
As expectations rise for another interest rate hike by year’s end, and the pain of inflation pressure weighs on more households, it’s clear the RBA can’t solve the inflation problem alone.
podcast November 06, 2023
From ‘jokers’ to right-wing slogan masters
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how a mysterious, once ridiculed group has become a powerful political force.
News November 04, 2023
The man behind Advance’s far-right campaign
Almost nothing is known about Matthew Sheahan, the man who helped lead the ‘No’ case to victory and is now turning his attention to political advertising laws.
podcast October 16, 2023
The ‘true elite’ behind the ‘No’ win
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the secretive groups that crafted negative messaging and elevated key leaders in the successful “No” campaign.
News October 14, 2023
The bipartisan deal designed to thwart independents
Labor and the Coalition have cooperated on electoral reforms targeting the use of private money – which will hit the funding models of challengers such as Clive Palmer and the teals.
News October 07, 2023
The libertarian think tank that helped build the ‘No’ case
A think tank led by some of the country’s most influential business figures has been instrumental in building the ‘No’ campaign – despite claiming it doesn’t have a position on the Voice.
News September 30, 2023
Lachlan Murdoch flaunts his ‘conservative credentials’
Lachlan Murdoch’s first actions since taking over his father’s empire suggest he is committed to the network’s far-right populism. Whether it keeps him in the job is another question.
podcast September 19, 2023
What the Voice polls aren’t telling you
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe, on what we know about the undecided bloc, and what the polls really mean.
News September 16, 2023
What the ‘Yes’ polls really mean
Variations in the way polls account for undecided voters leave some hope for the ‘Yes’ campaign as it battles sliding support a month out from the Voice referendum.
News September 09, 2023
FOI and government transparency
Labor came to power calling for transparency and open government. Sixteen months later, it seems just as guilty of obfuscation and non-disclosure as its predecessor.
podcast September 06, 2023
Australians have a big car problem
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on Australia’s love affair with big, dirty cars.
News September 02, 2023
Australia’s greenhouse emissions are still rising
New figures show Australia has little chance of meeting its emissions targets. After a period of flatlining figures, the numbers are going up sharply.
podcast August 30, 2023
How China’s tanking economy will hurt Australia
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on China’s financial woes – and the impact it will have on our own economy.
Video August 25, 2023
How Australia can get to net zero
Getting to net zero can be done — more importantly, it must be done to avoid cooking the planet.
News August 26, 2023
‘It’s breaking down’: Can China contain its economic crisis?
As China teeters on the edge of a balance sheet recession, it’s clear Australia can no longer rely on its largest trading partner to pull it out of trouble.
News August 19, 2023
Why the Coalition backs nuclear
Previously staunch opponents of nuclear energy in the Coalition are now backing it as an alternative to renewables, despite largely unproven technology, long delays for approvals and the unsolved problem of waste.
News August 12, 2023
Consultancies’ political influence targeted by Teals
Independent MP Kate Chaney’s new bill proposes banning political donations from consultants, and may help strengthen crossbench efforts to break the cosy relationship between the big firms and the major parties.
News August 05, 2023
The fight to enforce a climate duty of care
Youth activist Anjali Sharma speaks about the duty of care climate bill, devised with David Pocock, at a time when legal cases linking human rights to global heating are proliferating and building on successes.
podcast August 01, 2023
Cooking with gas is about to become a hate crime
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on how gas in the home became a new front in the culture wars.
News July 29, 2023
How the gas industry traps customers
The transition to all-electric households is missing key steps that would help Australia to meet net-zero emissions targets, and free more customers from unhealthy and increasingly costly gas services.
News July 22, 2023
Bullock at the gate: meet the next RBA governor
After almost four decades at the Reserve Bank, Michele Bullock becomes its first female governor – can she implement the reforms it needs to be more accountable?
podcast July 18, 2023
Will Michele Bullock fix the RBA?
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the task ahead for Michele Bullock and what this change of governance will mean.
News July 15, 2023
Fact check: Green hydrogen’s big promise
Australia’s plan to become a renewable superpower is focused on pouring more money into green hydrogen. Can it live up to the hype?
News July 08, 2023
PwC’s ‘phoenix operation’ draws criticism
This week’s spinoff of PwC’s government services to private equity buyers leaves doubts about the effectiveness of the consultancy’s purge, and how the industry might be reshaped.
podcast July 03, 2023
Why Berejiklian’s corruption goes deeper than a bad relationship
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on Gladys Berejiklian’s conduct and why it points to deeper misconduct in our politics.
News July 01, 2023
What the Berejiklian case says about ‘corrupt’ spending
The ICAC inquiry’s findings of corruption by the former NSW premier stop short of advocating criminal charges, but raise questions as to how pork-barrelling should be dealt with.
News June 10, 2023
Inside the Greens’ housing reform strategy
In an interview with The Saturday Paper, Greens MP Max Chandler-Mather explains how housing has become the major issue in seats Labor will struggle to hold at the next election.
podcast June 06, 2023
How the Pentagon plans to mine Australia’s minerals
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the American military’s plan to secure our minerals.
News June 03, 2023
Social media versus the Voice
The ‘No’ case is leading the social media campaign over the Voice. While there is little evidence of bots being used, there is a co-ordinated approach and an increase in hate speech.
podcast May 29, 2023
The big myths about the housing crisis
National correspondent at The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how Australia lost its way on housing – and why the current plan only addresses one part of the problem.
News May 27, 2023
Pentagon to secure Australian minerals in green deal
US president Joe Biden’s plan promises billions for Australian companies, while securing minerals for the US military.
News May 20, 2023
The real forces driving Australia’s rental crisis
Despite increases to JobSeeker and rent assistance, the national housing crisis has reached a flashpoint – and most Australians are affected in one way or another.
News May 13, 2023
Can Australia reach its climate targets?
Australia is on track to meet its 2030 climate targets – but new accounting of methane could substantially change that, by more accurately assessing underreported emissions.
News May 06, 2023
‘Clearly absurd’: A fresh account of Scott Morrison’s dodgy grants
Billions of dollars worth of Coalition spending is being scrutinised by a joint committee, with serious questions over the federal government’s legal grounding for funding projects.
News April 29, 2023
The government’s take on long Covid
Long Covid remains a mystery and a challenging daily reality for hundreds of thousands of people. A seven-month inquiry has found few answers, but vaccination remains one of them.
News April 22, 2023
Electric vehicles policy stuck in low gear
Australia’s new electric vehicle policy still hasn’t set fuel efficiency standards. While further consultation may suit the car industry, the delay risks putting the country’s net-zero goal out of reach.
podcast April 17, 2023
We were told to recycle plastic. Now it’s stockpiled around the country.
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on the impossible promise of REDcycle and what we do now with tens of thousands of tonnes of plastic that has nowhere to go.
News April 15, 2023
The soft-plastics recycling debacle
The collapse of the country’s main soft-plastic recycler exposes vast hidden stockpiles of waste, and leaves supermarkets tasked with curbing the millions of tonnes of plastic that ends up in landfill each year.
podcast April 13, 2023
Forget inflation. Inequality is the real economic problem.
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on why financial pain isn’t distributed evenly and how rate rises can make that inequality worse.
News April 08, 2023
Inside the RBA’s latest rates decision
As the treasurer considers the review of the RBA that has just landed on his desk, the central bank has paused its most aggressive interest rate raising cycle in a generation, and warned the worst impact is still to come.
News April 01, 2023
‘He’s not Bambi’: How the Liberals lost NSW
As the NSW Liberal Party reels from its loss last weekend, party insiders worry the debate is being framed in a way that will push them to the right and further from electability.
podcast March 29, 2023
It won’t stop climate catastrophe. So why are the Greens voting for it?
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on why Australia’s new climate policy is still behind the science.
News March 25, 2023
IPCC: This is the last chance to avoid catastrophe
As Labor continues to pursue its flawed and inadequate safeguard mechanism, the IPCC says the world has one last chance to avoid climate catastrophe.
podcast March 23, 2023
We tried to fit all the NSW scandals into 20 minutes. Here’s how far we got.
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on every scandal and resignation we could fit into a single episode.
News March 18, 2023
A brief history of Liberal Party scandals
By sheer number of resignations, the NSW Coalition government goes to next weekend’s election as one of the most scandal prone in history.
News March 11, 2023
Inside the ABC business model: ‘There has been self-censorship’
As the ABC prepares for strikes, years of neglect have hollowed out staff and dimmed reporting.
News March 04, 2023
The polluting flaw in the safeguard mechanism
The Greens and David Pocock seek big changes to the safeguard mechanism, and a climate trigger. In the meantime, the policy allows companies to entirely offset emissions with sham credits.
podcast March 01, 2023
How corporate profits are making inflation worse
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how corporate profits are driving the cost-of-living crisis.
News February 25, 2023
The true drivers of the cost-of-living crisis
In a week where company super-profits have been revealed, it is ever clearer that wages have almost nothing to do with the inflation crisis.
podcast February 22, 2023
Chris Minns’ recipe for a vanilla victory
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on who Chris Minns really is…and why he ditched brashness for caution.
News February 18, 2023
The Minns interview: Is this NSW’s next premier?
For the first time in more than a decade, NSW is set to have a Labor government. The man running the show is cunning, cautious and happy to be largely unknown.
podcast February 15, 2023
‘I complained about abuse and the governor-general vilified me…’
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the future of Peter Hollingworth.
News February 11, 2023
The painful legacy of Peter Hollingworth
While the Anglican Church decides whether to defrock the disgraced former governor-general over allegations related to sexual abuse, the parliament will consider a bill to scrap his $600,000-a-year package.
News February 04, 2023
What the carbon credits review didn’t say
The government’s review of the flawed carbon credits scheme is nuanced, political and confusing.
podcast January 31, 2023
The attorney-general on ditching outdated and “deliberately cruel” policy
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe – on Mark Dreyfus, what drives him, and why he says Australia’s treatment of refugees has been “deliberately cruel”.
News January 28, 2023
The Dreyfus interview: Action coming on refugee ‘inhumanity’
In a major interview, Mark Dreyfus details his ambitions as attorney-general and the history that drives him to make an impact in the portfolio.
podcast January 23, 2023
The premier, the Nazi costume and the pokies
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe on what’s going on behind the Perrottet scandal and what links it may have to the gambling industry.
News January 21, 2023
Perrottet, the pokies lobby and the Nazi uniform
As gambling reform becomes a key battleground in the NSW election, it is clear how powerful the clubs lobby has become in a country with more poker machines than anywhere else in the world.
News December 17, 2022
Energy price caps a rare blow to fossil fuel giants
The Albanese government’s energy package may be the first step in loosening the grip of the fossil fuel giants on Australian policy.
podcast December 13, 2022
Why Australia’s lobbying rules just don’t cut it
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on former minister Stuart Robert and when personal relationships cross into the public interest.
News December 10, 2022
Stuart Robert and the lobby register sham
Emails revealing Stuart Robert’s connection to a consultancy firm lobbying for contracts in his portfolio also reveal the staggering inadequacies of the lobbyists register.
podcast December 06, 2022
This generation is an existential threat to the Liberal Party
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, on how this generation of younger voters is changing the assumptions we’ve had about the electorate and why all the major parties need to adapt.
News December 03, 2022
Inside the Liberal Party’s ‘existential crisis’
The Liberal Party is fighting divisions within its own ranks, and a losing battle against demographics as highly motivated younger generations overwhelm its base.
podcast November 28, 2022
David Pocock’s vote: The most valuable thing in Canberra
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe, takes us inside how David Pocock made his decision to back Industrial Relations reform.
News November 26, 2022
Industrial reforms: The David Pocock interview
Independent senator David Pocock is the government’s best hope of passing its industrial relations package. He says it’s ‘fascinating’ how lobbying works in Canberra.
podcast November 22, 2022
How Mike Cannon-Brookes staged a climate coup
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on what’s next for Cannon-Brookes and the dirty company he wants to clean up.
News November 19, 2022
Inside Mike Cannon-Brookes’s AGL coup
When Mike Cannon-Brookes’s takeover of AGL failed, he opted for a mutiny, and it’s dragging one of Australia’s oldest companies – and our largest polluter – into a renewable energy future.
podcast November 15, 2022
Climate justice: Should countries like Australia pay compensation?
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on how the countries facing devastation from our emissions are demanding justice.
News November 12, 2022
What is being decided at COP27?
As the number of climate-related disasters almost doubles, and refugee numbers surge, the UN climate summit is finally asking a key question: How do you make the countries that caused the crisis pay?
News November 05, 2022
The truth about today’s gas prices
The surge in energy costs is pressuring the Labor government to find a way to stop gas producers gouging households and businesses and to claw back some of the windfall profits flowing to mostly foreign-owned corporations.
podcast October 31, 2022
House prices are dropping faster than ever
Mike Seccombe on the rollercoaster of the Australian property market.
News October 29, 2022
Anatomy of a property crash
A Reserve Bank paper pointing to a possible 20 per cent slump in house prices has inspired comparisons with the market crash of the 1990s.
podcast October 27, 2022
Will mashed potato on a Monet solve the climate crisis?
Mike Seccombe on the divide within the environmentalist movement and what is driving protesters towards desperate action.
News October 22, 2022
The end of direct action
State governments are passing draconian laws that are turning environmental groups away from direct action, as climate change makes their campaigns more urgent than ever.
podcast October 19, 2022
Sea Shepherd loses its pirate captain
Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on whether this is the end for Paul Watson’s brand of high-stakes environmentalism.
News October 15, 2022
The last pirate: Paul Watson splits with Sea Shepherd
The captain who founded militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has been forced out of the organisation, which he says has become ‘Uber’ for bureaucrats.
podcast October 12, 2022
Are we on the brink of global recession?
Mike Seccombe on how the United States could be making a global recession more likely.
News October 08, 2022
How the US is unleashing a recession on the world
The power of the American dollar is driving up interest rates in Australia, as the Reserve Bank continues its unfounded approach to cutting inflation.
podcast October 05, 2022
Decline of the IPA: How the right’s favourite think tank ran out of ideas
Today, national correspondent at The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the decline of the IPA.
News October 01, 2022
Exclusive: IPA has lost all funding from ASX 100
Although it still enjoys support from the Murdoch family and Gina Rinehart, the Institute of Public Affairs has fallen to its lowest point in history.
News September 24, 2022
The most important climate policy you’ve never heard of
Changes to the safeguard mechanism are expected to finally establish a model that effectively cuts Australia’s emissions, although there is a ‘shit fight’ ahead as baselines are set for each industry.
podcast September 21, 2022
How much will Labor pay to hold refugees on Nauru?
Today, national correspondent at The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the ongoing moral and financial cost of Australia’s offshore processing regime.
News September 10, 2022
‘I am hopeless now’: Australia’s $9.65 billion torture camps
As the Albanese government prepares to finalise a Nauru contract with an American prisons operator, the cost of the brutal enterprise has stretched into billions of dollars.
News September 03, 2022
How Labor is jeopardising its own climate target
In approving almost 47,000 square kilometres for offshore oil and gas exploration, the Labor government is jeopardising its climate target and echoing the Coalition’s spurious case for energy security.
podcast August 30, 2022
Ghost cities: Is China’s economy about to crash?
Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the alarming signs in the Chinese economy, and what they could mean for us.
News August 27, 2022
China’s insolvency crisis
The meltdown in China’s property market is dragging the world’s second-largest economy towards stagnation, and should force a reckoning with our dependence on exports.
News August 13, 2022
Where Australia is going wrong on the economy
Contradictory forces in the economy are creating confusion, with the Reserve Bank’s limited answer to inflation ultimately harming workers.
podcast August 04, 2022
Inside the Greens’ climate deal with Labor
Today, national correspondent at The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the high-stakes political games that are going to decide our climate future.
News July 30, 2022
Climate: Inside the Greens’ four-point strategy
In an interview with The Saturday Paper, Greens leader Adam Bandt details his approach to climate negotiations with Labor and the various forms in which they could succeed.
podcast July 26, 2022
Earn $20k EVERY MONTH by being a Liberal Party hack
Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on how key bodies have been politicised beyond recognition and what to do next.
News July 23, 2022
Odds stacked against justice in politicised AAT
As the attorney-general considers whether to dissolve the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, freedom of information documents show the body has been so stacked with government appointments that they are radically affecting its decision-making outcomes.
podcast July 21, 2022
The first law of holes: stop digging
Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the turnaround in how Beijing views Canberra.
News July 16, 2022
Reframing the Australia–China relationship
The Labor government needs to rethink relations with China as the country vies with the US for dominance in the Pacific.
News July 09, 2022
Greg Hunt’s $400 million ‘secret deal’
An extraordinary letter, sent to the new treasurer and other ministers, reveals details of a staggering deal done in the Morrison government’s final month in office.
podcast July 06, 2022
The Reserve Bank doesn’t know what it’s doing
National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on why the Reserve Bank is so secretive, and the push to change it.
News July 02, 2022
Reserve Bank: ‘If you know about monetary policy, you’re disqualified’
As a review is set to begin into the Reserve Bank of Australia, questions are being asked about its opaque operations and the absence of qualifications on its board.
News June 25, 2022
Energy crisis: The truth behind the price surge
The near collapse of the east coast energy market has its roots in decades of political appeasement directed at fossil fuel interests.
podcast June 23, 2022
The men who killed the Liberal Party
Mike Seccombe on if we are seeing the beginning of the end of Australia's Liberal Party.
News June 18, 2022
Part two: The Howard battlers joined the party
After John Howard’s loss, the Liberal Party was transformed again, with branches taken over by religious sects, and the voters he targeted from a distance becoming members.
News June 11, 2022
Part one: Collapse of the modern Liberal Party
The crumbling of the Liberal Party can be traced back to John Howard’s leadership even in opposition, and his remaking of Menzies’ party in his own image.
News May 28, 2022
Adam Bandt on how the Greens triumphed
Following unprecedented success in the house and the senate, Adam Bandt explains how the Greens orchestrated their strongest result with a campaign that stretched from doorknocking and community gardens to Grindr and ‘the chaos of the internet’.
News May 21, 2022
Election ’22: Your guide to the key seats
The Coalition will lose government if it drops just one seat. Labor needs to win eight. Here is an essential guide to the electorates in close contention.
podcast May 17, 2022
The Vote: What are the Coalition actually offering?
Mike Seccombe on what the Coalition is offering voters at this election.
News May 14, 2022
What the Coalition is promising
The Coalition is targeting wealthy retirees in an attempt to secure another ‘miracle’ election win. But its policy platform contains little substance beyond the purchase of votes.
News May 07, 2022
The Adam Bandt interview: What the Greens are promising
In the campaign’s final weeks, the Greens are counting on surprising swings in key Brisbane seats.
podcast May 03, 2022
The Vote: What are Labor actually offering?
The Labor Party officially launched their campaign on Sunday, unveiling new policies and making their most comprehensive pitch to voters so far. But the policy offering remains slimmer than it was three years ago, which is part of what has been described as the party’s small target strategy.
News April 30, 2022
The inside story of Labor’s election promises
In drawing up its plans for the election, Labor gave up on looking for policies to offset spending. Neither side is pretending it has a plan to pay for what it promises.
News April 23, 2022
Energy figures misused by Coalition campaign
The Coalition’s latest scare campaign over Labor’s climate policy highlights the real mess surrounding adequate planning for a shift towards renewables. Half of the experts cited say they were misquoted.
podcast April 21, 2022
The Human Rights Commission could flunk its next exam
The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent Mike Seccombe on the state of the Human Rights Commission and what a downgrade would mean for Australia’s voice on the world stage.
News April 16, 2022
The plot to destroy the Human Rights Commission
After a decade in which the Coalition has attempted to undermine and abolish the Human Rights Commission, the body is almost broke and facing international sanctions.
News April 09, 2022
Fact check: Frydenberg’s record employment figures
As Josh Frydenberg outlined the lowest unemployment figures in almost half a century, he failed to note that the increase in jobs had been accompanied by a decrease in real wages.
podcast April 01, 2022
Morrison’s counterfeit carbon economy
Mike Seccombe on the man blowing the whistle on the Morrison government’s sham carbon projects.
News April 02, 2022
Tracking the Coalition’s attacks on green energy infrastructure
For nearly a decade the Coalition has been attempting to dismantle the country’s green energy infrastructure – first trying to defund it, then hollowing it out, then using it to fund fossil fuel projects. Through all this, careful drafting has made it almost impossible for the government to fully implement its plans.
News March 26, 2022
Taylor’s office spent $1 billion on ‘sham’ carbon projects
Analysis by a former chair of the government’s carbon pricing integrity committee shows almost all the money spent on emissions reduction has gone to projects that did not contribute to reductions.
podcast March 24, 2022
Why Angus Taylor tanked Australia’s carbon market
A few weeks ago, Energy Minister Angus Taylor made changes to the Australian carbon market that crashed the value of government-issued carbon credits. The changes made it cheaper for big companies to pollute.
News March 19, 2022
Angus Taylor’s $3.5 billion carbon blunder
A decision by Angus Taylor to open up the market for carbon credits has made it cheaper for companies to pollute and has transferred billions in value to the private sector.
News March 12, 2022
Scott Morrison’s tough-guy rhetoric on China
As Scott Morrison tries to leverage personal support on the back of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, his tough-guy rhetoric reflects a similar about-face in his dealings with China.
podcast March 08, 2022
Why no one’s calling Angus Taylor
Mike Seccombe on the Morrison government’s interventions in the energy market, and why it’s lost the trust of the sector.
News March 05, 2022
Revealed: Energy companies turn on Angus Taylor
Following revelations the Morrison government pressured AGL to sack its last chief executive, energy companies have increasingly isolated Angus Taylor.
podcast February 23, 2022
What happened to the Greens?
Mike Seccombe on the challenges facing Australia’s third party, and what kind of power they might wield after the election.
News February 19, 2022
Greens reveal their target seats
As the Greens draw up election maps, choosing seats they believe they can win, they are hoping the so-called teal independents will boost their chances of up to 12 senate spots.
podcast February 15, 2022
The revolt over the Religious Discrimination Bill
Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe on the revolt over the Religious Discrimination Bill, and the political faultlines the bill has exposed.
News February 12, 2022
How the religious freedom bill fell apart
As the government’s Religious Discrimination Bill collapsed, and five Liberals crossed the floor, the prime minister wedged only himself.
News February 05, 2022
The Joe Biden adviser living in Wollongong
Saul Griffith, a former climate adviser to Joe Biden, has moved home to Australia. He argues policy changes made here could accelerate the world’s transition to renewables by 10 years.
News January 29, 2022
Why Morrison refuses to drop the religious discrimination bill
Two parliamentary inquiries into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s religious freedom legislation are under way, with many, including Liberal Party supporters, wondering why the divisive bill has not been scrapped.
podcast January 25, 2022
The cost of Australia’s shadow lockdown
Right now most of Australia is living without restrictions, lockdowns or border closures. But with tens of thousands of people, including essential workers, being forced into isolation everyday our economy is still under intense pressure from the pandemic.
News January 22, 2022
Tracing the ‘nightmare’ reality of the shadow lockdown
As supply chains collapse, government policies have created a situation where as much as 40 per cent of the trucking and freight workforce has Covid-19.
News December 18, 2021
Andrew Leigh on humanity’s one-in-six chance of ending
According to a new book by Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh, humanity has a one-in-six chance of ending in the next hundred years. The biggest threats are not the ones he expected.
podcast December 15, 2021
Scott Morrison vs. the Liberal Party
Mike Seccombe on the real reason Scott Morrison wanted to enlist Gladys Berejiklian, and what it reveals about the Prime Minister’s weakening authority in his home state.
News December 11, 2021
Has Scott Morrison lost control of his party?
Liberal insiders say the election will be won or lost in NSW, where chaotic preselections show the PM has lost authority over his party.
podcast December 07, 2021
The independent insurgency threatening the Liberals
Mike Seccombe on what is motivating this wave of independents, and how they could end up shaping the future of Australian politics.
News December 04, 2021
Independents: Inside the insurrection of the centre
A string of independents who have broken away from conservative politics could define the next parliament.
podcast November 30, 2021
The takeover of a green energy company by an oil giant
Mike Seccombe on the sale of Powershop, and what it tells us about the future of green energy in Australia.
News November 27, 2021
What does Shell’s takeover of Powershop mean for green energy?
Shell is one of the worst polluters in the world. What does that mean for Powershop, the green energy provider in which it just bought a 100 per cent stake?
News November 20, 2021
Australia’s climate change interference
Beyond its efforts to frustrate action at the Glasgow climate summit, Australia has been using international forums to ensure there will still be foreign funding for fossil fuel projects.
podcast November 17, 2021
Scott Morrison’s secret climate weapon
Mike Seccombe on the documents that reveal who’s behind the federal government’s climate modelling - and what it tells us about the way science is being spun for political purposes.
News November 13, 2021
The man behind Scott Morrison’s climate panic
Emails show the man hired to review Scott Morrison’s climate model helped Angus Taylor with last election’s climate scare.
News November 06, 2021
Berejiklian ‘rorts’ nothing on the Morrison government’s
Three former heads of the prime minister’s department on the corruption of process under Scott Morrison.
podcast November 01, 2021
The Gladys Berejiklian phone taps
Mike Seccombe on what happened when Gladys Berejiklian went to ICAC, and what the corruption investigation reveals about NSW politics.
News October 30, 2021
Clay targets: How public servants blew the whistle on Berejiklian
As former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian faces ICAC, it is abstemious public servants who have exposed her conflict of interest.
podcast October 28, 2021
How Australia could wreck the Glasgow climate summit
Mike Seccombe on why COP26 is so important, and how Australia might undermine global efforts to stop runaway climate change.
podcast October 25, 2021
The billionaire and the conspiracy theorist
Mike Seccombe on what impact a Palmer-Kelly alliance could have on the next federal election.
News October 23, 2021
The three-point plan Morrison needs to halve 2030 emissions
For all the noise surrounding Scott Morrison’s supposed shift on climate targets, his changes are actually insignificant. But there is a straightforward, three-point path to cut Australia’s emissions by 2030 – if only there were the political will.
News October 16, 2021
Palmer’s UAP now largest party by membership
As membership of the United Australia Party surges, its policy platform remains built almost entirely around Covid-19 conspiracies.
News October 09, 2021
What’s actually wrong with Dominic Perrottet?
Despite the attention given to his religious conservatism, it is Dominic Perrottet’s reformist economic zeal that will likely define his premiership.
podcast October 07, 2021
Inside the Coalition’s climate war
Mike Seccombe on how climate politics has wedged Scott Morrison, and why he’s running out of time.
podcast October 04, 2021
Why Gladys Berejiklian resigned
Mike Seccombe on why Gladys Berejiklian resigned and what happens next in New South Wales.
News October 02, 2021
Biden adviser: ‘I don’t know whether Angus Taylor is an ideologue or an idiot’
As Scott Morrison attempts to balance his weak climate policies with US ambitions, a key Biden adviser is returning to Australia to help revolutionise state responses.
podcast September 30, 2021
The battle inside the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church has historically been one of the most powerful institutions in Australia, influencing both sides of politics.
News September 25, 2021
Exclusive: George Pell returned to Australia ahead of church reforms
Cardinal George Pell has spent the past several months in Sydney, as the Catholic Church prepares for its first reform conference in more than 80 years.
podcast September 09, 2021
Why your next car will be electric
Governments and car manufacturers all over the world are preparing for a future where most vehicles will be powered by electricity.
News September 04, 2021
Why your current car may be the last fossil-fuel vehicle you own
Australians are taking up electric vehicles in increasing numbers, but the country is still a long way behind Europe. Now states are offering incentives, and charging infrastructure is being planned, with price parity only a few years away.
News August 28, 2021
Morrison’s hidden recession
Although not official, Australia is currently in a recession. The reasons for this are almost wholly due to the decision-making of the Morrison and Berejiklian governments.
podcast August 26, 2021
Angus Taylor’s fossil fuel handouts
As scientists, and the United Nations, continue to warn about the likely impacts of climate change, the federal government is spending big to help prop up the gas industry.
News August 21, 2021
Morrison ministers lobbied over Beetaloo Basin
The Morrison government has awarded $21 million to a fossil fuel company that helped draft the regulatory regime for the gas reserves it intends to exploit.
podcast August 17, 2021
NSW abandons Covid Zero
NSW is currently experiencing its worst outbreak of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. With case numbers continuing to rise, the government has slowly acknowledged it’s losing control.
News August 14, 2021
Inside the NSW plan: Now live with the virus
As other states enter lockdown, NSW has abandoned plans to return to Covid Zero. It intends to begin opening up in a month.
News August 07, 2021
Bridget McKenzie and bushfire recovery grants
Questions remain about the allocation of bushfire relief funds after the Black Summer fires. But as new minister Bridget McKenzie takes over the programs, there is also increasing concern the money is being used for pork-barrelling.
podcast August 03, 2021
Is hosting the Olympics worth it?
Hosting the Olympics is an honour that cities have competed for over a century
News July 31, 2021
Inside story: What happens when you win the Olympics?
As Brisbane prepares to host the 2032 Olympics, there are questions over contracts that siphon off revenue and invest almost all power in the International Olympic Committee.
podcast July 27, 2021
The Liberal factions pushing out Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison has regularly praised NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for her government’s so-called ‘gold standard’ approach to contact tracing, and unwillingness to enter lockdown. But behind the surface there are growing tensions between key Liberal party figures in NSW and the federal government.
News July 24, 2021
How power and factionalism work in Berejikliand
A power-sharing relationship inside the NSW Liberals has given the party stability – and edged out the influence of Scott Morrison.
podcast July 21, 2021
How an unlikely trio stopped China funding Australia’s biggest coal mine
Four years ago the mining giant Adani was struggling to fund its massive coal project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. So they turned to the Chinese government to try and secure financing. Today, Mike Seccombe on how a group of Australians stopped China from backing Adani, and what the story says about our approach to fossil fuels.
News July 17, 2021
Exclusive: How three men stopped China funding Adani
Bob Carr and Geoff Cousins led an unlikely coalition to block Chinese funding for Adani. Not a cent has flowed to the company since.
podcast July 13, 2021
Why Frydenberg lobbied to sack Australia’s biggest energy boss
Six years ago one Australian energy company tried to shift from coal to renewables. Now, new details have emerged showing the role played by the federal government in stopping that from happening.
News July 10, 2021
Exclusive: Frydenberg pushed AGL to sack boss
As AGL attempted to clean up its energy, Josh Frydenberg intervened to have its chief executive sacked. Now the company is de-merging to salvage its failing coal assets.
podcast July 06, 2021
The scientist who predicted the death of the reef
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but now it’s on the cusp of being declared “in danger” by UNESCO.
News July 03, 2021
Barrier Reef: Ley stunned by 22 years of warnings
Two decades ago an Australian scientist warned climate change would kill the reef. Since then, governments have steadfastly ignored what is happening.
News June 26, 2021
How the religious right is trying to take over the Liberal Party
The South Australian Liberal Party has frozen new memberships after an apparent Pentecostal takeover, but the move speaks to a vulnerability both feared and exploited in conservative politics.
News June 19, 2021
Taxing big land deals
Dismayed by huge profits made on rezoned land, a Liberal MP is pushing for the federal government to tax windfall gains at 75 per cent.
News June 12, 2021
State leaders seize control of Covid-19 vaccine rollout
Frustrated with the federal government’s beleaguered vaccination plan, the states and territories have stepped in. But experts warn the race to vaccinate the nation is becoming a ‘free-for-all’.
podcast June 08, 2021
What’s next for Christian Porter
Christian Porter’s decision to settle his defamation suit against the ABC is the end of one battle. But the former attorney-general, accused of a historic rape he strenuously denies, is still fighting on at least two other fronts.
News June 05, 2021
Christian Porter’s defamation case
Former attorney-general Christian Porter has discontinued his defamation case against the ABC. But it seems his battles, in and out of the courtroom, are far from over.
podcast June 02, 2021
Australia breaches international law, again
Last month, under the cover of the federal budget, the Coalition government rushed through new laws legalising the indefinite detention of refugees. Today, Mike Seccombe on how Australia got to this point, and what it means for those seeking safety in our country.
News May 29, 2021
Australian government legalises ‘a crime against humanity’
A 20-year fight over the indefinite detention of asylum seekers has culminated in a law advocates fear will strand refugees behind bars for life.
podcast May 25, 2021
The government’s war on charities
The Morrison government is contemplating new laws which could see charities held responsible for minor legal breaches by their members and supporters. The sector says the changes are an attempt to stifle protest.
News May 22, 2021
Morrison’s ‘unconstitutional’ crackdown on charities
Sweeping new laws that could strip charities of their non-profit status for minor offences are intended to stifle protest, the sector warns.
News May 15, 2021
What’s behind Frydenberg’s debt epiphany?
The budget surprised many as the treasurer shrugged off long-held fears of spending and deficits, which may be the result of consultation with some unexpected advisers.
News May 08, 2021
Clive Palmer’s method of attack
Clive Palmer is running a multimillion-dollar campaign against the corporate regulator. The only question is: What does he hope to achieve?
News April 17, 2021
US climate summit to be a reckoning for Morrison
While Joe Biden looks set to double America’s emissions reduction target at a meeting of world leaders next week, Australia’s ‘gas-fired recovery’ sees it increasingly isolated.
News April 10, 2021
Morrison fixed on tax cuts as US and Britain embrace big government
While the government pushes ahead with its major tax cuts, despite the pandemic, new analysis shows they will have a negative impact on women.
News April 03, 2021
Poverty and the end of JobKeeper
The federal government has reduced or removed the supports that helped millions of Australians survive the pandemic. JobKeeper’s end could cut 150,000 jobs and push millions into poverty, particularly women and children.
News March 27, 2021
Australian billionaires doubled their wealth during Covid-19
While the pandemic raged, the country’s richest people became vastly richer – due to booming commodity prices, policy failures and sheer luck.
News March 20, 2021
Agriculture and species extinction
Little is known about the extent of species extinction among insects, but research shows that Australia’s farming practices, land clearing and susceptibility to climate change are making the problem worse.
News March 13, 2021
The children of gods: how power works in Australia
The rarefied and entitled boys-only private school network has created massive imbalances and injustice in the halls of power, public policy and broader society.
News March 06, 2021
Experts: Vaccine rollout deadline impossible at current rates
The government’s rollout plans have been stymied by untrained doctors, spoiled doses and communication failures with the states.
News February 27, 2021
Facebook and the news
When Facebook flexed its muscles and temporarily banned Australian news content, negotiations around the media bargaining code took a dramatic turn.
News February 20, 2021
Inequality and the housing bubble
Despite the damaging effects of Covid-19, higher unemployment and flat wages, the Australian housing market has snapped back. But home ownership is becoming increasingly unaffordable for young people, with dire consequences for their future.
News February 13, 2021
Who’s about to get rich off the green energy revolution?
A generation of Australian entrepreneurs is readying for a carbonless future, even as the Morrison government remains stubbornly committed to gas and coal.
News February 06, 2021
Why Scott Morrison finally cautioned Craig Kelly
For as long as it was useful, the prime minister allowed the member for Hughes to spread conspiracy theories online. This week, the political calculus changed.
News January 30, 2021
2050 net zero: Australia left behind as Asia goes green
While the Coalition continues to stall on a net zero emissions target, the biggest buyers of our coal are rapidly shifting to renewables.
News January 23, 2021
The Biden era begins, but the shadow of Trump remains
With his inauguration this week, America’s 46th president has vowed to heal the US. But Joe Biden inherits a country more paranoid and polarised than ever.
News December 19, 2020
Covid-19 saved Morrison, but climate is the real test
Having outperformed the world in containing coronavirus, Australia’s lack of action on climate change will precipitate a much greater crisis.
News December 12, 2020
The Liberal minister forcing action on climate change
In his first major interview since passing a landmark energy package, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean outlines his philosophy for a new kind of politics.
News December 05, 2020
Economy tests positive for recovery
Despite howls from some of the loudest voices in the media and politics to ‘let it rip’ in response to Covid-19, the latest economic figures show Australia’s health-first approach saved lives and the country from a long and painful recession.
News November 28, 2020
Population decline and the economy
Australia’s fertility rate is the lowest it has been in history. While successive governments have paid scant attention to this, Covid-19 has made the issue more urgent than ever.
News November 21, 2020
The failures behind the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves
As a senate inquiry investigates Rio Tinto’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves, Senator Pat Dodson says a royal commission into the entire Native Title Act may be necessary as the law ‘has been basically brought into disrepute by the capacity of those who are rich and powerful’.
News November 14, 2020
How do you cure a cancer like Rupert Murdoch?
Pressure is mounting against News Corp, led by former prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd. They say democracy is damaged by the company’s ‘propaganda’ and ‘vendettas’.
News November 07, 2020
One small hand clinging to everything except reality
The tightness of the US election tells us two things: Trump’s first win was not an aberration; and the plutocratic electoral system, with its roots in slavery, still grossly distorts outcomes.
News October 31, 2020
Queensland: Inside Palmer’s outrageous campaign
Mining magnate Clive Palmer is pouring millions into political advertising for the Queensland election and, as at the federal poll, he is pushing a lie about a death tax the Labor Party never proposed.
News October 24, 2020
Failures of the criminal justice system
As politicians play a tough-on-crime game to win votes, pushing Australia’s incarceration rates ever upwards, an initiative led by high-profile patrons aims to reform the justice system and end a narrow-minded reliance on prison sentences.
News October 17, 2020
‘Poor Gladys’ rings hollow after premier’s ICAC grilling
The real story this week is not Gladys Berejiklian’s relationship with Daryl Maguire but whether she knew the details of his deal-making – although her supporters would rather you focus on the former.
News October 10, 2020
James Packer’s testimony at the Crown inquiry
At this week’s NSW inquiry into Crown Resorts, former executive chairman James Packer acknowledged some ‘shameful’ behaviour in his leadership of the company, but often claimed ignorance of – and blamed others for – the casino’s alleged links to organised crime.
News October 03, 2020
What happens when a government chooses to lie?
In the teeth of the pandemic, government spokespeople are no longer just obfuscating – they are hiding from the public the truth about what is really happening.
News September 26, 2020
NSW Nationals over a Barilaro
On everything from policies regarding water capture to koalas, the NSW Nationals – led by the controversial John Barilaro – are fast losing popularity with their rusted-on constituents and the support of their own party members.
News September 19, 2020
Gas plan locks in decades of high emissions, experts warn
While the prime minister’s newly announced gas funding is politically useful – soothing the Coalition backbench and wedging Labor – it will imperil Australia’s climate targets.
News September 12, 2020
Murdoch grab: The other story behind AAP’s sale
News Corp’s decision to launch a newswire could be part of a larger plan to torpedo AAP and further concentrate Murdoch’s media influence.
News September 05, 2020
The next fight with Google and Facebook
The ACCC thought it was leading the world in pushing major reforms – but the result might harm journalism.
News August 22, 2020
Hopes of a gas boom fizzle
While the government continues to push for a gas-led recovery from the coronavirus-induced recession, the ACCC has another message – that Australia pays far too much for domestic gas.
News August 15, 2020
Politics and messaging across borders
The politics of dealing with coronavirus are beginning to come into view, as the stakes in each state become clearer.
News August 08, 2020
Super funds transformed by Liberal ideology
The Morrison government’s superannuation changes risk turning the scheme into ‘privately funded unemployment insurance’.
News August 01, 2020
Could Frydenberg ease this crisis by printing money?
As the treasurer lauds supply-side economics, a once-controversial recovery theory is gaining traction.
News July 25, 2020
The end of charity: Sector at risk of collapse
As coronavirus bites, two-thirds of volunteers have left non-profits and many organisations in the sector face becoming ‘zombie charities’.
News July 04, 2020
Recession and government stimulus
The government quickly stepped in to prevent a potential collapse of the health system under the weight of Covid-19 cases. But will it go all in to head off economic disaster or let the market decide what happens come September?
News June 27, 2020
Uni fee hike will fail: HECS architect
Leading economist Bruce Chapman says the government’s plan to raise fees for certain courses won’t drive students into more ‘job-relevant’ degrees.
News June 20, 2020
The impact of Covid-19 on asylum seekers
The precarious situation of asylum seekers in Australia has been heightened by Covid-19, as they struggle to find work, keep their children in school and put food on the table with little to no support from the government.
News June 13, 2020
Who Morrison is looking after
The political power of tradesmen helped put Scott Morrison in office – and now he has a scheme to repay them.
News June 06, 2020
The robo-debt class action
With the government set to refund $721 million over the robo-debt fiasco, the scheme’s early critics are feeling vindicated. And the damage in cash terms could be far worse following a class action trial set to begin next month.
News May 30, 2020
Bushfire hearings spotlight climate change
Experts called during the opening week of the bushfires royal commission warned the Black Summer will not be an isolated event.
News May 23, 2020
Finding agreement on economic fix
While Scott Morrison drops hints about a deal with the unions to boost Australia’s economy, the unions say a modern Prices and Incomes Accord is not on the table. But one of the original scheme’s architects, former ACTU boss Bill Kelty, has a plan of his own.
News May 16, 2020
National Covid-19 Coordination Commission scrutinised
Questions are being raised about the government’s National Covid-19 Coordination Commission – its appointees, purpose and ties to the fossil fuel industry – but the group’s chairman is offering no answers.
News May 09, 2020
Hundreds facing the sack with ABC cuts
Staff members reveal the significant pressure they are under as the public broadcaster continues to face budget cuts of more than $100 million a year.
News May 02, 2020
JobKeeper: The inner workings of the bailout
As Treasury secretary Steven Kennedy seeks to explain the rollout of Australia’s three-phase relief package, questions mount about timings and exclusions.
News April 25, 2020
The generation Covid-19 will scar
As details emerge of the government’s plan for economic recovery, it is clear young people will suffer the brunt of the pandemic’s fallout for years to come.
News April 18, 2020
How this crisis will end
As Australia curbs coronavirus infection rates, some are calling for an ‘elimination’ strategy that would seal our borders, while other countries are taking a ‘let it rip’ approach.
News April 11, 2020
Angus Taylor’s energy projects push
With the nation’s focus fixed on the fight against Covid-19, Energy Minister Angus Taylor has forged ahead with a new program that includes measures designed to prop up coal-fired electricity generators and weaken environmental protections.
News April 04, 2020
Covid-19 lockdown and police powers
The federal government has left the enforcement of coronavirus laws to the states, creating great confusion and uncertainty. One federal MP is even advising constituents on how to get around them.
News March 28, 2020
Fighting the infodemic
As well as trying to contain the catastrophic outbreak of Covid-19, health authorities, governments and social media platforms must also try to combat the rampant spread of misinformation about the virus.
News March 21, 2020
What Morrison did wrong on coronavirus
As the number of cases escalates, experts say the PM moved too slowly to contain the threat of Covid-19, straining our already under-resourced health system.
News March 14, 2020
Trust deficit threatens COVID-19 response
Scott Morrison moved quickly to contain the threat of coronavirus; the bigger challenge will be convincing the public that his government can be trusted in a crisis.
News March 07, 2020
Australia’s COVID-19 response
As Scott Morrison announces emergency COVID-19 measures and medical experts ‘war game’ worst-case scenarios, a looming recession may prove the greatest threat to Australia.
News February 29, 2020
Political warfare over climate action
While Labor’s commitment to a 2050 emissions target reinvigorated well-practised attacks from the Coalition, the cost of inaction is only becoming clearer.
News February 22, 2020
COVID-19: Racism, economics and the aftermath
While Chinese-owned businesses struggle through a downturn, questions remain about whether Australia’s coronavirus response stoked racist fear.
News February 15, 2020
Canavan’s successor apt to fuel energy wars
Elevated to Resources minister after Matt Canavan’s resignation, Keith Pitt has moved quickly – announcing a feasibility study into a new coalmine.
News February 08, 2020
Inside Palmer’s campaign to thwart Labor
Clive Palmer spent almost $84 million on his party’s failed tilt at the 2019 election, but former UAP candidates now say the real goal was to prevent an ALP victory.
News February 01, 2020
States defy Commonwealth on emissions
With Scott Morrison refusing to budge on reducing emissions, state governments and the private sector are leading the way on going carbon neutral.
News January 25, 2020
Close ties between government and military industries
In Australia’s quest to become one of the world’s leading weapons exporters, the line between government and industry is becoming increasingly blurred.
News December 07, 2019
Algorithms and prejudice
As governments and police increasingly rely on algorithms and automation, legal experts warn these systems could undermine key discrimination protections.
News December 07, 2019
Lambie’s secret medevac bargain
While the government celebrates the medevac repeal, Labor and the Greens push for detail – and documentation – of the pact struck with Senator Jacqui Lambie.
News November 30, 2019
Hydrogen strategy backs dirty coal
Although touted as a clean energy project, the government’s investment in hydrogen production is in fact protecting the fossil fuel industry – a paradox that may limit the value of the new technology.
News November 23, 2019
The transition to renewable energy
Despite the successes of Australia’s renewable energy sector, the federal government is stalling on further development of this industry, instead maintaining its dogged commitment to coal-fired power.
News November 16, 2019
Actually, it is climate change
As the prime minister refuses to discuss the science linking climate change and the bushfires burning in eastern Australia, former Howard adviser Geoff Cousins compares the political strategy to the tactics of the American gun lobby. With photography by Stephen Dupont.
News November 09, 2019
Activism and secondary boycotts
Although the Coalition is talking tough about criminalising consumer advocacy, legal experts say any attempt to do so will be hamstrung by reality.
News November 02, 2019
The fatal cost of Australia’s rising inequality
As the gap between Australia’s rich and poor continues to widen, a new study highlights the fatal cost of economic inequality and the rise of ‘deaths of despair’.
News October 26, 2019
Dutton’s plan for a surveillance state
Privacy experts fear the Home Affairs minister will ignore a warning from parliament’s most powerful committee and push ahead with his plan for national surveillance.
News October 19, 2019
Children in the criminal justice system
As crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie pushes to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, experts point to the long-term detrimental effects of early incarceration and a disproportionate racial factor in detention rates.
News October 12, 2019
The decline of political freedoms in Australia
While the Australian government is quick to criticise other countries for restricting people’s freedoms, its treatment of whistleblowers and climate protesters reveals an alarming hypocrisy.
News October 05, 2019
The cost of increasing the super rate
While the proposal to increase the superannuation rate to 12 per cent has bipartisan support, the reform is likely to be a significant economic burden that exacerbates inequality.
News September 28, 2019
NSW farmers’ class action on water
As water supplies remain perilously low across Australia’s drought-stricken east, a group of farmers is launching a $750 million class action against the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.
News September 21, 2019
Robo-debt class action launched
As prominent lawyer Peter Gordon launches a class action against Centrelink’s controversial robo-debt scheme, the minister in charge claims it’s all a political stunt.
News September 14, 2019
Philip Lowe and Australia’s economy
Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe is flouting convention, publicly calling on the government and business to do more to save Australia’s foundering economy.
News September 07, 2019
ICAC and the federal watchdog
The revelations at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption this week serve as a timely reminder that the federal government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be a watchdog with some bark but hardly any bite.
News August 31, 2019
Stalemate on stagnant wage growth
As the country faces stagnant wage growth, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has asked Australian companies to stop returning profits to wealthy shareholders. But the federal government is doing little else, reluctant to put its long-promised surplus at risk.
News August 17, 2019
How the China question split Australian politics
With his controversial op-ed, Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie set off a debate that has riven Canberra along unexpected lines.
News August 10, 2019
Political parties cash in on gambling largesse
The crushing rejection of a parliamentary push for an investigation into Crown Casino highlights how much the major parties are in the thrall of the gambling lobby.
News August 03, 2019
Coalition bets anti-union bill on Setka rebuke
While the government argues it needs tough new powers to break up thuggish, militant unions, experts say the average union member is a 50-something woman working in aged care.
News July 27, 2019
Newstart: Thaw in senate may end 25-year freeze
As the upper house this week backs an inquiry into raising Newstart, analysis shows it is Australian seniors who are most likely to be living on just $38 a day.
News July 20, 2019
How seniors became our most fierce lobby
Organised, connected and efficient, older voters have campaigned hard for concessions from the government and won time and again.
News July 13, 2019
The reality behind Morrison’s tax cuts
Scott Morrison says there will be no cuts to health, education or services to pay for his tax package. The numbers tell a different story.
News July 06, 2019
Pyne, Bishop and the Big Four
The major consultancies are not just a preferred employer for former ministers – they have helped privatise the bureaucracy by stealth.
News June 29, 2019
Tax cuts and economic stimulus
The government is adamant its proposed three-stage tax package be passed in its entirety or not at all – thus potentially denying a slowing economy some much-needed stimulus.
News June 22, 2019
The lobbying power of super funds
With the growing popularity of ethical investments, superannuation funds are lobbying companies to clean up their act. But some say the funds should focus squarely on maximising profits for their members.
News June 15, 2019
Cannon-Brookes and the new climate guard
As the Coalition stalls on emissions reduction, moneyed climate activists are turning to direct investment, led by tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.
News June 08, 2019
Australia’s China dilemma
As Sino–American relations further fracture, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to the Solomon Islands exemplifies Australia’s commitment to strengthening Pacific bonds and pushing back against Chinese influence in the region.
News May 25, 2019
Morrison sprints to Adani approval
The Queensland Labor government has taken the Coalition’s election victory as a warning it must fall in line and green-light the Carmichael coalmine.
news May 18, 2019
Exclusive: Labor tax plan faces block by Centre Alliance
If the Labor Party wins today’s election, it will likely need support to pass its reforms from Centre Alliance, whose senators have vowed not to back changes to franking credits.
News May 11, 2019
Are the Nationals still the party of the bush?
With the election poised to be a referendum on climate policy, the junior Coalition partner finds itself out of touch with voters, even in its traditional strongholds.
News May 04, 2019
What Clive Palmer wants for his $60m
Despite Clive Palmer’s outlandish claims of his party forming government, the United Australia Party leader has a canny election strategy: to benefit his mining interests.
News April 27, 2019
Campaigning for votes from ethnic communities
Data shows the Coalition’s 2016 election victory hinged on just three ethnically diverse seats – Banks, Reid and Chisholm. This time around Labor is shaping its campaign around winning back these communities.
News April 20, 2019
Inside the GetUp! election machine
The progressive group is gearing up to spend its $12.7 million war chest on unseating six key members of the Coalition’s hard right and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
News April 13, 2019
Election 2019: welcome to the age war
While older Australians reap the benefits of the government’s fiscal policies, it is millennials who are fast becoming the nation’s largest voting bloc, but they are not becoming more conservative as they age.
News April 06, 2019
Labor’s climate change and EV plan
The government was quick to deride Labor’s latest action plan on climate change, particularly its electric vehicle target. Meanwhile, experts, including the NRMA, say the policy didn’t go far enough and that Australia risks falling woefully behind on motoring technology.
News March 30, 2019
Legal gambit to cut charity funding
The federal government claims it lacks the constitutional power to fund advocacy activity, although it refuses to release its advice and legal experts uniformly reject the assertion.
News March 23, 2019
The Coalition and the race issue
Scott Morrison’s words following the Christchurch massacre were sensitive and well chosen, but how can they be read as ingenuous when they follow on from almost two decades of his party deliberately cultivating disunity and fear?
News March 16, 2019
Wages growth lowest since WWII
With wages stagnating since the Coalition took office, Labor is hoping to make the election a fight on industrial relations – even if it doesn’t have solutions.
News March 09, 2019
Undocumented labour a new underclass
Despite Scott Morrison’s claims, more asylum seekers have arrived under his government than under Labor. These people are becoming an underclass of cheap, exploited labour.
News March 02, 2019
PM’s climate fund fallacy
Scott Morrison says his new $3.5 billion climate fund will cut Australia’s emissions, but experts warn he is playing a numbers game that is ‘essentially dishonest’.
News February 23, 2019
Cash not for comment
As the Federal Court prepares to make a ruling on the AWU raids, and it emerges Michaelia Cash refused to give a statement to the federal police over her office’s involvement, The Saturday Paper reviews the minister’s position to date.
News February 16, 2019
Matt Canavan hijacks native title fight on Adani
While Resources Minister Matt Canavan insists Adani has the full support of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, the legitimacy of a land agreement with the mining giant is the subject of a Federal Court appeal.
News February 09, 2019
Phelps fight reveals govt’s Nauru deceit
As the last children are transferred off Nauru, the government is claiming compassion. But its attempts to kill off Kerryn Phelps’ medical transfer bill set the scene for an ugly fight in parliament next week.
News February 02, 2019
Greens split by factional war
As the Greens continue to fight internally ahead of the NSW election, their dysfunction across branches is threatening the party’s prospects federally.
News January 26, 2019
Lamb ads and purposeful marketing
Companies are increasingly using advertising to persuade consumers of their social responsibility as much as to spruik their products, in a high-risk strategy known as ‘purposeful marketing’.
News December 22, 2018
How polling is wrecking democracy
As public faith in democracy collapses, the institution is further undermined by suspect polling, gormless politics and a media dependent on both.
News December 01, 2018
Christian Porter lashes integrity commission proposal
As the increasingly powerful crossbench this week pushed for an anti-corruption body, Attorney-General Christian Porter scrambled to find excuses as to why it would be dangerous.
News November 24, 2018
Political stacking leaves appeals tribunal in chaos
The purging of experienced members at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the abandonment of merit-based appointments, has created a backlog of 53,000 unresolved cases.
News November 17, 2018
The flawed strategy for a republic
With the debate raging afresh over Australia becoming a republic, the main players seem stuck in 1999 and First Nations people remain largely ignored.
News November 10, 2018
Neo-Nazi Nats and party infiltrations
The expulsion of a group of neo-Nazis from the Young Nationals highlights the way extremist and special interest groups can infiltrate major political parties, especially as falling party memberships put takeovers more easily within reach.
News November 03, 2018
How Murdoch got the kids off Nauru
Behind the snap decision to remove all asylum-seeker children from Nauru was a carefully orchestrated campaign to harness the power of the News Corp tabloids.
News October 27, 2018
Climate change claims its first mammal extinction
Liberal moderates, corporations and the voters of Wentworth have all called on the Morrison government to act on climate change. But the country’s top scientists say its effects are already wreaking havoc across Australia.
News October 20, 2018
How the West offers Saudi impunity
The mild response to the apparent murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul is further evidence the West will turn a blind eye to the kingdom’s terrors to protect its oil and arms trade.
News October 13, 2018
Wentworth: The race that has stopped the nation
Politics is being held in stasis as the government awaits the outcome of the Wentworth byelection – even as the Liberal candidate is missing in action.
News October 06, 2018
ABC board stacking rife
The long-running practice of stacking the ABC board with politically partisan appointees has come under renewed criticism after the rancorous departures of Justin Milne and Michelle Guthrie.
News September 29, 2018
Guthrie dismissal triggers chaos at the ABC
As former managing director Michelle Guthrie considers legal action against the ABC, leaked details of Justin Milne’s conduct may aid her fight.
News September 22, 2018
Liberal drift in Wentworth
The range of candidates running in the Wentworth byelection reflects an electorate that has less and less in common with the Liberal Party, which has held the seat since the party’s foundation.
News September 15, 2018
The Liberals’ religious right
With the ascendancy of a Pentecostal Christian leader, the Liberal Party slides further to the religious right. But can it find salvation without the coffers of Malcolm Turnbull?
News September 08, 2018
Climate inaction could affect trade deals
As the change of leadership steers the Australian government even further from action on climate change, the Coalition’s efforts to appease the powerful domestic fossil fuel industry could jeopardise trade deals with the European Union.
News September 01, 2018
How the Murdoch press ran Turnbull from his office
In among the collapse of the Turnbull government was a final gasp of influence from the right-wing press.
News August 25, 2018
Cutthroat politics veil climate change inaction
Throughout all the thrills and spills of federal politics this week, the Coalition’s wilful torching of planned action on climate change escaped scrutiny.
News August 18, 2018
Accounting trick frames reef grant
The government’s surprise $444 million grant to a private foundation is allegedly being used to fudge its commitment to UNESCO on Barrier Reef protection.
News August 11, 2018
Who is making money out of racism?
In a final interview as race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane condemns politicians and media organisations for profiting from racism, and warns it will get worse. Mike Seccombe reports.
News August 04, 2018
The politics of racism
The government’s rhetoric on race takes it into territory that is uglier and more targeted than even John Howard’s campaigns.
News July 28, 2018
Rinehart’s secret millions to the IPA
Unexpected disclosures in Gina Rinehart’s protracted family legal battle have revealed the mining magnate funds up to half of the Institute of Public Affairs’ activities.
News July 07, 2018
The dark politics of the Timor spy case
The government’s use of harsh national security laws to pursue Bernard Collaery and Witness K is the latest cynical act in its dealings over Timor Sea mining rights.
News June 30, 2018
Academic independence threatened by US-style philanthropy
The Ramsay Centre fiasco highlights the dangers of universities ceding academic independence in return for private money, in the manner of billionaire philanthropy in the United States.
News June 23, 2018
How the Liberal Party is eating itself
The Liberal Party’s federal council endorsement of privatising the ABC is a sign of the deep schism between the religious right of the party’s rank and file and its more pragmatic parliamentary leadership.
News June 16, 2018
Howard, Abbott and the Ramsay Centre
The falling out between the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation and the ANU highlights the right’s hypocrisy over the values it purports to defend.
News June 09, 2018
Mitch Fifield, the IPA and the ABC
Consistent attacks against the ABC by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield point to a man on a mission to destroy the independent authority of the national broadcaster.
News June 02, 2018
Privatisation by stealth
With Serco handed the contract for Centrelink’s call centre, and the NDIS saddled with inexperienced labour hire staff, the government is privatising the public service by stealth.
News May 26, 2018
Small business at the banks royal commission
The small business testimonies to the banking royal commission revealed a more nuanced area of questionable practices, but one that still turns up stories of personal hardship.
News May 19, 2018
The final challenge to religious chaplains
After two High Court decisions, the fight against federal funding for religious-only school chaplains is set to end with a test case on state anti-discrimination law.
News May 12, 2018
The truth about wage stagnation
While the government trumpets its jobs figures, it refuses to engage with wage stagnation. The truth is, nobody knows by what formula wages will go up again.
News May 05, 2018
Inside the ‘just add people’ dogma
Successive governments have maintained high levels of immigration to stoke the economy. The argument against this is growing, bringing together odd bedfellows.
News April 28, 2018
Judging politics by Centrelink’s rules
The treatment of politicians who fail to properly report their personal circumstances is markedly different to the draconian system imposed on the poor.
News April 21, 2018
The rise of homelessness and hunger
While the government remains focused on neoliberal solutions to inequality, homelessness and hunger worsen. Some in the sector wonder whether it is deliberate.
News April 14, 2018
Wage theft and migrant workers
Gross underpayment of Australia’s migrant workforce has become institutionalised in a variety of industries, and with the Fair Work Ombudsman under-resourced and unions kept at bay, the government appears unwilling to address the problem.
News April 07, 2018
Turnbull and the boomer racket
Malcolm Turnbull is promising his next budget will be a pitch to the boomer generation, serving only to deepen intergenerational inequality.
News March 31, 2018
Gap not closing on Indigenous disadvantage
The government’s assessment of Indigenous disadvantage ignores how far behind remote communities are compared with cities, and how top-down policy-making reinforces economic disparities.
News March 24, 2018
Behind Dutton’s ‘white farmers’ untruths
Aided by enthusiasm in the Murdoch press, Peter Dutton’s concern for white South African farmers shows a minister detached from facts.
News March 17, 2018
Trump’s trade war leaves Turnbull gun-shy
In declining to support international action against the new US steel and aluminium tariffs, Malcolm Turnbull damages our standing on trade.
News March 09, 2018
Turnbull’s parliamentary circus
The legislative record of the 45th parliament is hidden behind a sideshow of scandal and division – and even then it’s not very impressive.
News March 03, 2018
Nationals upset farmers over water
A focus on hugely lucrative water buybacks has left the Nationals vulnerable to accusations they have abandoned family farmers.
News February 24, 2018
Furore at the ABC
Two recent controversies at the ABC – the handling of the secret cabinet files and treatment of chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici – have left senior staff furious at what they see as incompetent managerialism.
News February 17, 2018
Morrison’s pursuit of Trump economics
All the evidence suggests Treasurer Scott Morrison’s zeal to adopt Trump-style corporate tax cuts will not deliver increased investment and wage rises, but could create huge budget deficits in the future.
News February 10, 2018
Federal war on news and truth
As the government looks for easy votes in national security, clumsy legislation finds an unexpected enemy in the News Corp tabloids.
News February 03, 2018
A playbook for the culture wars
Malcolm Turnbull is intent on launching the government into a series of Howard-era culture wars. The problem is he’s not very good at it.
News January 27, 2018
Exclusive: Minerals Council one-third foreign owned
A study of the Minerals Council’s membership reveals the extent of foreign ownership, unchecked by the government’s crackdown on political influence.
News December 23, 2017
It’s all John Howard’s fault
A decade after the fall of the Howard government, Australia remains unable to escape or undo the insular and unfair policies it enacted.
News December 09, 2017
Land clearing and climate change
While the federal government boasts of decreasing carbon emissions from land clearing, state records show rapidly increasing rates of clearing, at great expense to the Emissions Reduction Fund.
News December 02, 2017
How the rich are getting richer
While Treasurer Scott Morrison and the IPA say income inequality is falling, the number of Australians worth more than $50 million has grown by 30 per cent in a year.
News November 24, 2017
How the ‘Yes’ vote changes politics
In the wake of the survey on same-sex marriage, the notion of a silent majority has been disproved and conservative battlelines are being redrawn.
News November 18, 2017
‘Predictive’ policing in NSW
A NSW ‘predictive’ policing initiative appears to be as much about presuming guilt among young Indigenous people as it is about preventing crime.
News November 11, 2017
How the Greens drive policy
The Greens believe they have put a difficult year behind them, and are seeing their ‘Cassandra’ foresight picked up by other parties.
News November 04, 2017
The true story of Michaelia Cash’s union raids
The AWU raids reveal the strange nexus between the Turnbull government, the federal police, The Australian newspaper and the new unions commission.
News October 28, 2017
Exclusive: Turnbull sought GetUp! help before spill
As the Coalition steps up its campaign against GetUp!, it is revealed Turnbull leant on the group to do numbers for his leadership.
News October 21, 2017
The Hanson plot to kill the ABC
This week’s failed senate attempt to tighten control over the national broadcaster highlights the sway One Nation has over the Coalition.
News October 14, 2017
The gun nuts in our parliament
While Australian gun laws are lauded as the world’s most stringent, fringe political parties and lobbyists are doing their best to erode them.
News October 07, 2017
Murdoch’s failure to launch Fox here
With the collapse of Murdoch’s takeover plan for Ten, something else ended: the designs for his Sky roster to take a de facto Fox News to the mainstream.
News September 30, 2017
The money case for gay marriage
Legislation for same-sex marriage overseas provides a series of natural experiments on social, economic and personal benefits.
News September 23, 2017
Proving political collusion in water buybacks
Following revelations about inappropriate dealings with irrigators, the first of six inquiries finds a regulator captured by vested interests.
News September 16, 2017
Climate action stalling here and in America
The federal government is ignoring the realities of climate change – mirroring trends towards inaction in American politics.
News September 09, 2017
Inside the ‘Yes’ case
The ‘Yes’ campaign is refusing to get sidetracked by bitter personal fights with those opposed to same-sex marriage, focusing instead on inclusion.
News September 02, 2017
The influence of political donations
A senate inquiry will consider how donations to political parties influence policy and how they’re hidden, calling on representatives from the biggest donors in the mining and banking industries to explain what they’re buying.
News August 26, 2017
How the religious right stall climate action
While most religious leaders accept climate change, the Christian right in Australia and the US make scepticism a tenet of their politics.
News August 19, 2017
Nobbling the charities
The government is waging a multifaceted campaign to reduce the influence of charities, requiring disclosure of how donations are spent, seeking to ban electoral campaigning if overseas funds are received, and choosing not to renew the tenure of the respected head of the sector’s regulatory body.
News August 12, 2017
Australia’s human rights disgraces
After leaving her post as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs is as forthright as ever in describing the country’s slide backwards in its social policies and treatment of the vulnerable.
News August 05, 2017
Family trusts and tax dodges
As politics comes to reckon with inequality, Bill Shorten’s former defence of discretionary trusts has morphed into a policy to more harshly tax them.
News July 29, 2017
The Uluru statement and Indigenous recognition
The Uluru statement’s call for a voice to advise parliament surprised some for its pragmatism, sidestepping earlier recognition debates. As a result it will test the major parties’ avowed commitment to give greater power to Indigenous Australians.
News July 22, 2017
How the church is splitting the Liberal Party
Just as BA Santamaria’s forces once split the Labor Party, hardline Catholics are again threatening to divide politics – this time on the conservative side.
news July 15, 2017
Tracing big pharma’s influence on medical professionals
As big pharma continues to wine and dine medical practitioners, and over-prescription is rife, the ACCC is still waiting for the industry’s peak body to undertake promised reforms in reporting payments.
News July 08, 2017
PaTH and intergenerational theft
While a new government program claims to boost youth employment prospects, the reality is that a different kind of intergenerational theft is at play.
News July 01, 2017
Notes from the Abbott insurgency
Back with headland speeches and a renewed manifesto, Tony Abbott has taken off the gloves in his fight to knock out Malcolm Turnbull.
News June 24, 2017
The government’s war on the law
An attack on the Victorian judiciary by three government ministers highlights a larger campaign against the powers of independent office.
News June 17, 2017
Hardline Christian hoping to replace Triggs
Meet the Pentecostal lawyer West Australian Liberals want to replace Gillian Triggs as president of the Human Rights Commission.
News June 10, 2017
Donald Trump’s own goal on climate action
Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and his visceral unpopularity, may actually lift efforts to halt climate change.
News June 03, 2017
Quadrant and its slide into deluded extremism
Once seen as a journal of intellectual weight, today’s Quadrant has gone off-leash to become a ranting voice of the reactionary right.
News May 27, 2017
How subcontracting fuelled the alleged Plutus tax scam
The massive alleged payroll tax scam, carried out through government contracts, reveals the vulnerabilities of a cynical labour market.
News May 20, 2017
Migrants targeted as refugee panic founders
The government’s ‘Australians first’ rhetoric is a response to hardening community attitudes over immigration and job security.
News May 13, 2017
What the future holds for Fairfax
Fairfax’s latest staff cuts signal a crisis in Australian journalism, but international models offer a ray of hope.
News May 06, 2017
Turnbull’s war on universities
If the government’s new schools funding plan represents an ideological change, its cuts to universities reflect a calculated antipathy.
News April 29, 2017
Land clearing and climate change
The majority of the Emissions Reduction Fund is poured into questionable abatement schemes to discourage land clearing, while mass deforestation cancels out any climate gains.
News April 22, 2017
Inside the war on Safe Schools
The campaign against Safe Schools is reaching its final chapter, but in many respects the program has already done its work.
News April 15, 2017
Killing the Great Barrier Reef
As the Great Barrier Reef suffers record bleaching, Malcolm Turnbull courts a mining giant that will only hasten its death.
News April 08, 2017
Centrelink leaks more private data
As Centrelink shares further personal data to defend criticisms of its debt recovery, the legality of its actions is in question.
News April 01, 2017
What counts as rich now?
The refusal of politicians to define ‘rich’ plays to a social confusion about how well off people actually are.
News March 25, 2017
The gas industry’s power play
Long-term mismanagement of Australia’s gas industry has seen price gouging by cartels and the possible need for imports. Even if the government can put things to right, natural gas will never again be a cheap alternative fossil fuel.
News March 18, 2017
Government withholds funding for Indigenous genetic disease foundation
Despite a Federal Court win over Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, a foundation supporting sufferers of a crippling genetic disease across remote Aboriginal communities is still waiting on funding promised under the previous Labor government.
News March 11, 2017
The truth about house prices
The crisis in housing affordability traces back to John Howard’s actions half a century ago and the lack of political will since.
News March 11, 2017
Microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus on the economics of good
Social businessman and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus has devoted his life to helping millions of people – mostly women – escape poverty.
News March 04, 2017
Charting the war on young people
A suite of policy settings, from wage cuts to unaffordable education, shows the government turning its back on a generation.
News February 25, 2017
Inside the sick, sad world of the Q Society and the Australian Liberty Alliance
In the wake of their controversial fundraising dinners, the Q Society explain their roots and their paranoid vision of Australia’s future.
News February 18, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull’s switch on power sources
The further Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gets into defending the Coalition’s climate change policy, the clearer it becomes that he is living two lives.
News February 11, 2017
Gina Rinehart’s cattle stations, Adam Giles and fracking prospects
A push into cattle has made Gina Rinehart the NT’s biggest landholder, and seen her enlist the help of former chief minister and fracking proponent Adam Giles.
News February 04, 2017
Internal resistance in Trump’s America
The US administration’s gag on state agencies is the other side of the Trump team’s own skill at fostering dissent online.
News January 28, 2017
Centrelink’s debt-recovery disaster
Centrelink’s flawed system of debt recovery has proved a debacle for the government and a tortuous struggle for those wrongly accused of owing money.
News December 24, 2016
Plotting Tony Abbott’s Year of the White-ant
Despite promising there would be no sniping or wrecking, Tony Abbott’s year has been a litany of episodes that undermine his successor.
News December 17, 2016
Changing employment trends and universal basic income
With wage inequality at record highs and technology plundering jobs, a universal basic income is being championed. But how to foretell the problems, let alone possible solutions?
News December 10, 2016
The Green Army’s scant environmental credentials
As the Coalition fractures over climate policy, the follies and waste of the demobilised Green Army have become clear.
News December 03, 2016
Senior ABC staff say Michelle Guthrie ‘out of her depth’
As staff revolt against programming changes, ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie struggles to describe her vision for the broadcaster.
News November 26, 2016
How fake news online skewed the US election
As calls intensify for a recount in key states, the impact on the American election of post-truth ‘news’ is becoming clearer.
News November 19, 2016
SA’s citizen jury defies royal commission
SA’s citizen jury, which rejected the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission's pro-storage stance, reveals the democratic tension when governments open decision-making to the people while seeking a predetermined outcome.
News November 12, 2016
John Hewson on the negativity of opposition politics
Feeding on the power of negativity, opposition parties are able to win over the electorate. But, as former Liberal opposition leader John Hewson points out, it means no one is rising to power with a clear policy agenda.
News November 05, 2016
The truth about claims of a faulty welfare system
Recent attacks on those who receive social security payments – and on the welfare system itself – are born of manipulated statistics and the government’s philosophy of a carrot for the rich and a stick for the poor.
News October 29, 2016
Veteran UK banker Paul Fisher on climate change and the financial sector
A veteran of Britain’s central bank, Paul Fisher says climate change will have a massive impact on the global financial sector. He talks about managing the risks.
News October 29, 2016
The Coalition attacks on statutory authorities
Senate committee attacks on statutory officers reveal a government prepared to undermine independent institutions and hound advisers out of office when their counsel is politically unwelcome.
News October 22, 2016
Bob Day’s resignation and Family First’s future
Bob Day’s resignation from the senate this week amid the collapse of his building companies raises questions about Family First’s funding arrangements and its future without him.
News October 15, 2016
Mike Baird’s conviction politics comes undone
The NSW premier's backdown over his ban on greyhound racing threatens his government and reveals the limits of his dictatorial style.
News October 08, 2016
Australia scoring low marks on education
As elite private schools continue to benefit from government funding, Australian education standards are sliding in global terms and politicians remain reluctant to take a stand.
News October 01, 2016
China’s coal price cartel
China’s plan to increase coal production and keep global prices low is bad news for Australian miners and their political allies.
News September 24, 2016
Unions poisoned by ALP affiliation
With plotters using the labour movement as a means to amass power, unions have become vulnerable to rorting and the erosion of workers’ rights.
News September 17, 2016
Battlelines drawn on same-sex marriage plebiscite
In the face of consistent public support for same-sex marriage, the right is pushing the prime minister to delay, obfuscate and ultimately scupper reform.
News September 10, 2016
Inside the split at the Climate Change Authority
The body that provides government with advice on global warming is being pulled apart by politics, yet may prove more effective than ever.
News September 03, 2016
The truth about ICAC’s corruption rulings
With reduced powers to name corrupt individuals, ICAC’s findings are increasingly shaped by politics.
News August 27, 2016
Former IPA head: radicals ‘hijacked’ think tank
After early co-operation with Bob Hawke, Roger Neave watched as the IPA became the radical propaganda arm of the Liberal Party.
News August 20, 2016
How top-ranking NSW police failed the Lindt cafe siege
Deleted text messages and botched directions underscore the flaws in an operation senior police say was not their responsibility.
News August 13, 2016
Census attacks raise issue of security of foreign investment in infrastructure
The attack on the census website highlights concerns over more damaging cyberwarfare, potentially state-sponsored, leading some experts to caution against foreign investment in critical infrastructure.
News August 06, 2016
How the Northern Territory failed
At the heart of the NT government’s perpetual shambles is a crisis of fiscal racism that for decades has squandered federal money.
News July 30, 2016
How rooftop solar energy became a political issue
A potentially influential, unclaimed political constituency is lurking in our suburbs.
News July 23, 2016
How Pauline Hanson changes politics through fear
Pauline Hanson is back exhorting the same old message: fear and racial intolerance. And once again she’s set to change the political landscape.
News July 16, 2016
The Sydney siege: what went wrong
As the coronial inquiry into the Lindt cafe siege draws to a close in Sydney, a litany of police errors have become apparent.
News July 09, 2016
How GetUp! boosted Labor in Election 2016
Activist group GetUp! made 40,000 phone calls in seats selected to target Abbott-aligned parliamentarians, helping Labor win its key gains.
News July 02, 2016
The $250 million federal election question
When it comes to election campaigns, it’s easier to sell the negative over the positive – at a massive cost to taxpayers.
News June 25, 2016
The success of the Parliamentary Budget Office
The PBO has proved a boon for accountability, preventing political parties from citing fanciful costings or embarking on ‘black hole’ scare campaigns.
News June 18, 2016
Parakeelia: The inner workings of the Liberals’ funding rort
Donations from a Liberal Party-owned company, through which thousands in taxpayer dollars have been funnelled, expose deep flaws in political fundraising.
News June 11, 2016
NSW premier Mike Baird’s flaws beginning to show
Mike Baird’s winning ways are losing their lustre as critics accuse him of pushing NSW towards being a privatised police state.
News May 28, 2016
Political dirt units defining elections
As the long election campaign grinds on, political dirt units remain the most reliable source of interest, leaking within parties and between them.
News May 21, 2016
Economic think tanks setting the election agenda
A new political nous in economic research groups has seen them capture debate and set the policy course for the election.
News May 14, 2016
Teething on the 2016 election campaign trail
In any ordinary circumstances, Malcolm Turnbull would be out selling last week’s budget. Instead, he’s on the hustings, largely ignoring it.
News May 07, 2016
Reagan ‘voodoo economics’ at the heart of Scott Morrison’s budget
Following a sponsored visit by Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer, Malcolm Turnbull’s budget is based on the fallacy of his trickle-down economics.
News April 30, 2016
The failed state of PNG
In exchange for its part in Australia’s offshore detention regime, Papua New Guinea’s corrupt governance has been ignored, leaving the country on the brink of collapse.
News April 23, 2016
Inside the $100b charities bubble
The first reports on the charity sector reveal staggering duplication and a nation less willing to give than it likes to imagine.
News April 16, 2016
No royal commission as Turnbull’s Liberals in deep with the banks
Conservatives against a banks royal commission argue it would damage the economy – because of the criminality it would reveal.
News April 09, 2016
Sports gambling, advertising and the Barry O’Farrell review
As sports gambling becomes more ubiquitous – stimulated by TV advertising targeting young men – an inquiry focused on the illegality of offshore wagering rather than the dire social consequences is being sat on by government.
News April 02, 2016
The taxpayer’s billions spent on government advertising
The government’s $70m budget for border protection propaganda is the latest in a long line of taxpayer-funded “messaging” exercises.
News March 26, 2016
Malcolm Turnbull’s climate change thimble trick
Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to grant a stay of execution to two government green energy agencies hinges more on cooling the heat on him than the environment.
News March 19, 2016
The tax shirkers running the PM’s ‘agility’ agenda
They are some of the country’s biggest corporate tax avoiders. Now their directors make up the board advising the government on innovation incentives.
News March 12, 2016
The rich people who pay no tax
Lost in the tax debate are the billions hidden in the cash economy, and the complex systems concealing the incomes of the very rich.
News March 05, 2016
Inside John Howard’s legacy
Twenty years after he won government, the economic and political damage of John Howard’s leadership is becoming clearer.
News February 27, 2016
Coalmine approvals based on flawed models
The coal industry uses flawed economic models to persuade gullible governments to approve new mines and expansions, grossly inflating employment benefits and ignoring profitability questions.
News February 20, 2016
Lockout laws and violence in the streets
Sydney’s lockout laws answered a media panic in the wake of two violent deaths on the streets. Assaults in trouble spots have since dropped, but are protests about ruining nightlife businesses misguided?
News February 13, 2016
Stuart Robert and political donations
The Stuart Robert scandal highlights deep flaws in the system when it comes to political donations, accountability and influence.
News February 06, 2016
Who foots the bill for open-cut mine rehabilitation?
There’s a new vogue in mine rehabilitation: sell the mine for nothing, and let someone else sort it out.
News January 30, 2016
Friction between factions as disunity threatens Liberal Party
A 30-year war that is once again spilling over destroys Malcolm Turnbull’s claim the Liberal Party is free from factional infighting and backroom deals.
News January 23, 2016
Is it all over for Clive Palmer and PUP?
During the past two years, Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel donated $21 million to the Palmer United Party. Now it can’t afford to pay its workers.
News December 19, 2015
Malcolm Turnbull rethinks climate strategy
A policy of ‘indirect action’ may be one way Malcolm Turnbull can hang on to the reins of the Coalition while keeping his emissions reduction dream alive.
News December 12, 2015
Coal seam gas leaks a climate debacle
Hundreds of uncapped bores have for decades been leaking methane, a gas more polluting than CO 2 – and the government knows almost nothing about them.
News December 05, 2015
The truth about Australia’s Ebola hospital
A year on from the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, Australia’s slow, privatised and ineffective response has come in for questioning.
News November 28, 2015
The vexed power of Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed
A controversial figure, Australia’s Grand Mufti is of more importance to The Daily Telegraph than he is to many Muslims.
News November 21, 2015
Shenhua’s Mongolia coalmining scandal highlights local fears
International criticism hardens opponents of the Chinese coalmining giant’s plans for the Liverpool Plains, as governments roll over.
News November 14, 2015
The many trials of Cardinal George Pell
As Cardinal Pell prepares for another child sex abuse hearing, his ‘company man’ style has made him enemies within the Vatican.
News November 07, 2015
Big Australia’s date with density
The PM’s Big Australia vision, with high levels of immigration, requires a greater urban density than Australians are accustomed to. It also means serious infrastructure shortfalls in our cities cannot be ignored.
News October 31, 2015
Chinese investment and extradition
Australian governments must engage in a negotiation of the nation’s need for good economic relations amid unease about Chinese investment.
News October 24, 2015
How the Minerals Council of Australia has govt’s ear on coal
Heavily represented and funded by the biggest polluters on the planet, the all-powerful Minerals Council of Australia continues to spruik the benefits of coal to a largely compliant government.
News October 17, 2015
Immigration essential to replace populations in critical decline
Precipitously declining Western populations will not support growth without greatly increasing immigration, bringing with it huge social change. Ultimately, the growth model itself will have to be reconsidered.
News October 10, 2015
Farhad Jabar shooting sees a change in the failed language of terror
The response to radicalised Parramatta shooter Farhad Jabar shows what is needed to combat terrorism in Australia.
News October 03, 2015
The IPA and other losers of the Tony Abbott guard
The change of prime minister has fundamentally altered the influence of the IPA and other far-right groups and individuals in Canberra.
News September 26, 2015
Leadership change sparks civil war at News Corp
The commentators who thought Tony Abbott was their champion are desperately looking for relevance after the coup.
News September 19, 2015
Turnbull faces a recession
The promise of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership has lifted economic confidence, but he must now deliver genuine reforms in the face of global downturn.
News September 12, 2015
Hesta’s Transfield dumping highlights ethical focus
Borrowing lessons from fossil fuel divestment, a group of activists and investment funds are using the sharemarket in an attempt to shape refugee policy.
News September 05, 2015
Abbott’s rules of distraction on lawfare and ChAFTA
The government’s ‘lawfare’ rhetoric is part of a deliberate effort to shift blame for slow wages growth and high unemployment onto environmental groups and others.
News August 29, 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Christian right
As Australia becomes less religious, churches have insinuated themselves into politics and gained particular control over Tony Abbott.
News August 22, 2015
Abbott’s smoke and mirrors before Paris climate summit
Tony Abbott’s emissions reduction pledge ahead of the UN climate summit in Paris smacks of statistical sophistry and deceptive deadlines.
News August 15, 2015
Smoking ban set to inflame larger issues in prisons
A ban on cigarettes in NSW prisons sparked fears of insurrection, but questions have arisen over the effectiveness of such policies and the greater problem of overcrowded facilities.
News August 08, 2015
Filthy secrets shroud Aust’s emissions reduction plans
Weak regulation is increasing Australia’s carbon emissions and allowing dirty power stations to survive.
News August 01, 2015
Fresh calls for inquiry into Ayers Rock Resort purchase
Calls for a thorough inquiry into the ill-fated purchase of the Ayers Rock Resort by the Indigenous Land Corporation are being blocked at every turn by the government.
News July 25, 2015
The true cost of green energy
The arguments against renewable energy are not just without scientific basis, they lack economic credibility.
News July 18, 2015
Final fight against same-sex marriage
Opponents of same-sex marriage are mounting a last-ditch campaign to prevent parliament heeding public opinion, Mike Seccombe reports
News July 11, 2015
The government’s $14.2 billion budget fantasy to sell an election
While the government is looking for any distraction it can find from the economy, it is banking on unlegislated budget cuts hidden beyond the next election.
News July 04, 2015
Barton Deakin, the Coalition’s ‘evil twin’ lobby firm
Hidden behind two of Australia’s biggest lobbying firms is one company and an endless list of political links.
News June 27, 2015
Tobacco industry playbook used to kill renewables
Anti-renewable lobbyists have infiltrated politics, and are exploiting the tricks learned from Big Tobacco.
News June 20, 2015
Stalling the lawyers who aid asylum seekers
The only success in curbing mistreatment of refugees has been in the High Court. Now the government is targeting the lawyers who bring the cases.
News June 13, 2015
Brandis cripples legal aid funding
Brandis's funding cuts and uncertainty in the legal aid sector are leaving the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the community with nowhere to turn for protection.
News June 06, 2015
Wayne Swan’s focus on wages
As the US applauds the success of Australian economic policy, former treasurer Wayne Swan is sitting on a commission that may yet become a ginger group for Labor.
News May 30, 2015
Alcoa closes Anglesea mine as Hazelwood inquiry reopens
The closure of Anglesea’s small coalmine is a test run for an industry facing tightening emission and rehabilitation standards, and the reopening of the inquiry into the Morwell fire.
News May 23, 2015
BHP and Rio Tinto dictate terms to the Abbott governent
Twiggy Forrest’s failed bid to reset the iron ore price inadvertently shows who really tells the Abbott government what to do.
News May 16, 2015
Why the Abbott government wants Bjørn Lomborg’s Consenus Centre
Covert negotiations, whispered announcements and an awkward about-face reveal a political agenda behind reaching consensus.
News May 09, 2015
The hashtag crusaders
How does 'clicktivism’ stand up against the old-fashioned footslog of offline campaigning?
News May 02, 2015
Negative gearing’s social carnage on low-income earners
How tax breaks for investment properties have created a housing affordability crisis while lining the pockets of those least in need.
News April 25, 2015
Western Australia’s brazen call for more GST money
WA's treasurer, a former IPA economist, epitomises the hypocrisy of the state’s special pleading for a bigger share of GST revenue.
News April 18, 2015
Resources bust worse thanks to Howard–Costello
As Hockey finally acknowledges the budget’s revenue problems, there are serious questions about whether resources will ever boom again.
News April 11, 2015
Taxation, inequality and the wealth gap
The tax debate has raised the ongoing issue of Australia's underlying inequality.
News April 04, 2015
ALP struggles for relevance as unions further wither
With the ALP gradually losing the hearts and minds of many of its rusted-on faithful, the party must prove that it actually believes in something in order to survive.
News March 28, 2015
Govt acts to reassure World Heritage committee on Reef
New government measures to preserve the Great Barrier Reef are more about protecting the ‘brand’ than admitting any environmental mismanagement.
News March 21, 2015
Christopher ’The Fixer’ Pyne’s bid to deregulate uni fees
He calls himself a ‘fixer’ but Christopher Pyne’s achievements heading the Coalition’s education portfolio have done nothing to support this school of thought.
News March 14, 2015
ALP leader Bill Shorten faces big test on civil liberties
The opposition leader is being wedged on data retention laws, not just by the government and the Greens, but by his own party.
News March 07, 2015
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison’s ‘fluffy’ new image
His campaign to stop the boats made him the government’s toughest minister, but a new portfolio has Scott Morrison remodelling.
News February 28, 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s new leadership plan: panic
Tony Abbott’s security speech shows him already reaching for the last trick in the conservative playbook.
News February 21, 2015
What drives Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull
“There seems to be a repeating pattern, of people being drawn close to Turnbull, then falling out with him. Sometimes, particularly if it suits him, there is a reconciliation.”
News February 14, 2015
Donation disclosure reveals murky deal for Country Liberals
A Darwin private school's indirect donation to the CLP, raises questions about disclosure laws, and the involvement of consultants Crosby Textor.
News February 07, 2015
Leadership style cruels Tony Abbott, Campbell Newman and co
With leaders falling at the hands of voters and their own parties, management style is in the spotlight. But another contentious issue is coming back time and again to haunt both sides of politics.
News January 31, 2015
Inside the Sydney siege
State and federal inquiries are under way. But is there sufficient independence to assess potential shortcomings at the policing, intelligence or political levels?
News January 24, 2015
Inside Peter Dutton’s asylum-seeker endgame
Peter Dutton’s new portfolio is no longer about stopping the boats but whether to maintain cruel and expensive detention.
News December 20, 2014
How John Howard’s tax cuts undid his protégé Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott’s great mentor left him with a squandered boom and a tax system that may yet destroy his government.
News December 13, 2014
PM’s Literary Awards ignite fresh history wars
Awarding a PM’s literary prize to a poorly sourced anti-union tome is an unsubtle attempt to rewrite history.
News December 06, 2014
Greg Hunt’s hostile attack on the environment
As the government walks away from pricing carbon and dismantles climate initiatives, it reveals itself as our most radical in decades.
News November 29, 2014
What Mark Scott is really doing with the ABC cuts
Funding cuts to the ABC play perfectly into the hands of the national broadcaster’s management.
News November 22, 2014
Newman government courts Adani on Galilee Basin coal deal
As the market deserts coal, Queensland’s government is offering money to Indian mining giant Adani to exploit the state’s reserves.
News November 15, 2014
Luxembourg tax deals hard for G20 meeting to ignore
A timely leak of documents may finally force the G20’s hand on corporate tax dodging.
News November 08, 2014
Who is running green politics?
While the Greens fight over relevance, the movement from which they were born is going professional.
News November 01, 2014
Breaking the grid-lock of Australia’s power companies
Innovative battery technology will not only change the way we drive, it could also radically alter the way we consume electricity.
News October 25, 2014
Calls are mounting for Coles and Woolworths to have their ruthless conduct with suppliers and competition practices more closely scrutinised.
News October 18, 2014
Kurds targetted at home now key allies in fight against IS
Australia is keen to aid the Kurds in the fight against the Islamic State, but less keen to admit we deem them terrorists at home.
News October 11, 2014
The Australia Institute are the real senate puppet masters
What is the Australia Institute and how did it cultivate such critical influence over the government’s agenda?
News October 04, 2014
The troubled campaign to privatise state assets
Governments love privatisation; the public loathes it. Elections can be won and lost on the strength of the disagreement.
News September 27, 2014
Betting against political resolve on gambling
Despite regulatory fig leaves, live and online gambling is growing exponentially. And there’s no will to change it.
News September 20, 2014
Terror laws also threaten right to protest
Hidden in new anti-terrorism laws are wide powers governments want to silence dissent and quash protest.
News September 13, 2014
Illegal donations from developers fund NSW Libs’ win
ICAC poses one big question: why would a party buy an election it has already won?
news September 06, 2014
Confidence tricksters dominate unions royal commission, ICAC
Standover men and convicted terrorists, mingling with unions and corrupt politicians, have hollowed out faith in institutions.
News August 30, 2014
When team building fuels racial unrest
Encouraging membership of ‘Team Australia’ must include active recruitment of Muslim players and consultation on the game plan.
News August 23, 2014
How to kill off a lord mayor: inside the ’Get Clover’ plot
The major parties are legislating to take over city councils with an attempt to stack votes in their favour.
News August 16, 2014
Hunter now the hunted at ICAC
Bags of money and faulty memories cost two Newcastle Liberals their jobs.
News August 09, 2014
Ebola panic real, but worse contagions are rife
The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus is of global concern. But it highlights our blindspots and hysteria when it comes to contagion.
News August 02, 2014
Aiding and Abetzing
All evidence shows Eric Abetz’s hardline welfare reforms will not get people into work. His motives lie elsewhere.
News July 26, 2014
Brandis ties NGO funding to non-advocacy
The Abbott government is using money and law to close down criticism and gag the community’s most trusted voices.
News July 18, 2014
Abbott appointments are trusted class warriors
With an unprecedented fervour, the government is filling boards and commissions with old cronies.
News July 12, 2014
Estranged bedfellows: Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm
The two new ex-Liberal crossbench senators were meant to make the government’s life easier. But Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm have their own radically right-wing agendas.
News July 05, 2014
The political power of food lobbyists
Alastair Furnival’s downfall shone light on the heavy political links of Big Food lobbyists.
News June 28, 2014
Murdoch and the IPA work together for Big Tobacco
A campaign of false data, planted in the Australian press, is being used to weaken tobacco laws abroad.
News June 21, 2014
The Henderson gigs
In an unreleased review he chaired into the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Gerard Henderson recommended he be put in charge of judges. Now he’s got his wish, for a much richer prize.
Business June 14, 2014
Super funds benefit from corporate tax avoidance
While most are appalled by stories of corporate tax avoidance, we are also enjoying the benefits through investment in these companies by our super funds.
Business June 07, 2014
The buried treasures of corporate tax avoidance
Tony Abbott has paid lip service to tax reform, but his government’s latest measures only serve to make corporate avoidance easier.
News May 31, 2014
Abbott’s faceless men of the IPA
There is one group to which Tony Abbott has kept his promises since becoming prime minister: the Institute of Public Affairs.
News May 24, 2014
Mining’s multi-billion-dollar black hole
As the boom ends, poor oversight and lax bonds leave governments stuck with an enormous bill for mining’s clean-up.
News May 17, 2014
Malcolm Fraser: the dour optimist
For a time, it seemed he would be, like Nixon, remembered for a single sensational act. But Malcolm Fraser’s rebirth as a passionate libertarian now sees him back in public life.
News May 10, 2014
The party donors ICAC doesn’t see
The influence ICAC scrutinises is just the grubby tip. Here, we explore the iceberg of political donations.
News May 03, 2014
Liberal slush funds expose Hartcher and bitter factional wars
Behind the ICAC revelations that have already toppled a premier, a factional feud threatens the entire party.
News April 26, 2014
The end of coal
It was set to be Australia’s biggest mine, but the simple rules of supply and demand mean the coalfields of Queensland’s Galilee Basin may never be excavated.
News April 19, 2014
Barry O’Farrell’s resignation after misleading ICAC
ICAC, a bottle of wine and a massive memory fail created the perfect storm to bring down a premier.
News April 12, 2014
James Packer’s sweet deals for casino
As Packer’s Barangaroo casino ploughs through all obstacles, it becomes more clear he plays by different rules.
Politics April 05, 2014
Who votes for Clive Palmer?
Amid signs the vote for Clive Palmer’s party is dropping, a picture of his mainstay supporters is emerging.
News March 29, 2014
Andrews leads fight to abolish charities commission
There are two groups that want the charities regulator and its oversights scuppered: the financial services industry and the Catholic Church. They have a friend in the government.
News March 22, 2014
Sinodinos steps down while ICAC investigates
For so long NSW Labor has been weighed down by allegations of corruption. Now a link between Liberal Party stalwart Arthur Sinodinos and Eddie Obeid has cast a dark shadow on the Abbott government.
News March 15, 2014
George Pell voices Ellis case "concern" to royal commission
This week something of a bombshell was dropped during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Comment March 08, 2014
Big Tobacco’s plan to stub out plain packaging
“At least one claim made by Philip Morris is true: the company is bigger than Uruguay ... Australia, with an economy 15 times bigger, had the means to meet Big Tobacco’s challenge. ”
News March 08, 2014
Shoppies boss Joe de Bruyn bows out
A union stalwart stands down but his conservative views continue to influence Australian social policy.