Paddy Manning

is contributing editor at The Monthly and the author of a forthcoming biography of Lachlan Murdoch, Sly Fox, to be published by Black Inc.

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podcast January 05, 2021

Climate change will kill you, part one: heat

From bushfires and heat, to floods, and the increasing severity of disease, Australians are already feeling the impacts of a warming planet.

podcast April 29, 2021

The Murdoch plan to save Fox

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is one of the most powerful corporate influences right around the world, but in recent years it’s been through radical changes. Now it looks like Rupert is starting to hand power over to his son Lachlan.

News April 24, 2021

Inside Lachlan Murdoch’s play to save Fox

With his move back to Sydney, Rupert Murdoch’s successor has sparked intrigue. But his plans are far more ambitious than the rumours suggest.

News September 05, 2020

Covid-19 response inquiry awaits answers

While the members of the senate’s coronavirus watchdog are working well across party lines, its chair, Labor senator Katy Gallagher, says the government is delaying and obfuscating to avoid scrutiny.

News August 22, 2020

Govt ignores health risks of climate change

The government has been asked repeatedly to develop a plan to address the health risks associated with climate change, so why is nothing being done?

News August 15, 2020

Dissent in press freedom inquiries

Divisions inside the parliament’s intelligence committee will ultimately decide where the government goes on the question of press freedom – but even Coalition members are split.

News August 08, 2020

Could Adani drop its Qld mine and head to NSW?

As fossil fuel prices collapse, there is growing speculation that Adani might throw in its Carmichael operation to buy BHP’s massive Mount Arthur thermal coalmine instead.

Opinion July 18, 2020

Circling sharks and political distancing

“The first flush of success has faded into a pandemic pallor with Covid-19 hotspots breaking out in Melbourne and Sydney. And the worst, no doubt, is yet to come. As a second wave of infections takes hold, Scott Morrison’s performance in the top job …”

News April 11, 2020

The Greens’ New Deal

As policymakers puzzle over how to wake up Australia’s economy from ‘hibernation’, the Greens believe the solution lies in massive renewable energy investment and a Green New Deal.

News April 04, 2020

NBN under pressure

With Covid-19 making telehealth and working from home a necessity, the importance of the NBN – as well as its current inadequacies – has never been clearer.

News March 14, 2020

AAP closure leaves industry reeling

The closure of the Australian Associated Press news service threatens to devastate regional and smaller media players. So was the decision taken solely in response to falling revenue streams, or was there also an attempt to stifle competition at play?

News November 09, 2019

Risking life in PNG limbo

Ahead of a senate vote that could repeal the medevac legislation, the fate of more than 200 asylum seekers in Port Moresby hangs in the balance.

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. ”