Mike Seccombe

is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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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 29, 2020

How branch stacking drags policy to the right

Another branch stacking scandal shows the practice is not just about numbers: in both parties, it is about furthering conservative agendas.

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

Supermarket forces

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.

Opinion 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.

News February 28, 2014

Biennale of Sydney patron Luca Belgiorno-Nettis under fire

The Biennale of Sydney and long-time arts benefactor Luca Belgiorno-Nettis are embroiled in a controversy not of their own making, and the event hasn’t even started.