Paddy Manning
is contributing editor (politics) at The Monthly.

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News August 17, 2019

Repairing vocational education

According to a confidential report, Australia’s largest private training college raked in hundreds of millions in public money before its collapse, despite abysmal completion rates. A senior figure in the sector fears it could happen again.

News June 01, 2019

Inside the broad church of Scott Morrison

With a stunning election victory behind him, Scott Morrison has further consolidated his power by elevating key allies into his ministry.

News May 11, 2019

Mortgage brokers oppose changes to trail commissions

The mortgage broking industry is questioning a key recommendation of the Hayne royal commission, saying it was based on incomplete evidence submitted by Commonwealth Bank.

Opinion April 13, 2019

The funding gap on education

“Melbourne’s Caulfield Grammar is building a pool with a moveable floor, while Presbyterian Ladies College will soon have an orchestra lift – which would all be fine, if it wasn’t part-funded by taxpayers.”

News April 06, 2019

Inside the Liberal Party’s dirt unit

As the Liberal Party dirt unit that helped win the NSW election opens up about tactics, key players are moving to the federal campaign.

News March 23, 2019

Shooters party set to wield power in NSW

With NSW facing the possibility of a hung parliament, fear grows that the state’s gun laws – already eroded by two decades of deal-making with the Shooters party – will be further traded away.

News March 16, 2019

NBN write-down could cost tens of billions

A write-down of the NBN, as well as necessary upgrades, may cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars, according to leaked emails from an industry expert forum.

Opinion September 17, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s biographer turns on the PM

“Who could have predicted the gutlessness, vacuity and incompetence that this prime minister has delivered? Malcolm Turnbull was not meant to be a short-lived, bumbling, forgettable PM. ”