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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 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 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 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.
news 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.