Rick Morton

is The Saturday Paper’s senior reporter.

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podcast June 16, 2022

Inside the chaos Morrison left behind

Rick Morton on the state of the public service and the task of the new government to fix it.

News June 11, 2022

‘Negligent in the extreme’: Labor inherits crises across portfolios

As Labor ministers take up their portfolios, the party has uncovered a mess of unmade decisions and funding holes across Arts, Energy and the NDIS.

podcast June 08, 2022

Students are paying for uni. Teachers are marking for free.

University students don’t read detailed feedback, so what’s the point in paying academics to give it? That’s the position of one of Australia’s most prestigious universities.

News June 04, 2022

The ‘institutional rot’ of Australian universities

Threatened cuts to key support positions and research have sparked unprecedented protests at the University of Sydney and elsewhere and jeopardised the top-tier status that draws students.

News May 28, 2022

Coalition loss: ‘The transphobe thing was an absolute disaster’

Interviews with more than a dozen senior Liberals show how Scott Morrison’s belief in his own ‘genius’ and self-image as a ‘master strategist’ cost the party government.

podcast May 24, 2022

The witnesses for Ben Roberts-Smith

Rick Morton on the latest evidence in the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case.

News May 21, 2022

Testimony at the disability royal commission

The disability royal commission this week heard powerful testimony about a neglectful and mercenary approach to care at one of Australia’s longest-serving providers.

News May 14, 2022

Ben Roberts-Smith trial calls next witness

As the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case continues, his four star witnesses face their own difficulties in and out of the witness box.

podcast May 10, 2022

The Vote: Why you won’t see a debate on the ABC

Rick Morton on the ABC’s doomed bid to host an election debate and what it says about the relationship between the Morrison government and the media.

News May 07, 2022

Why is Scott Morrison dodging the ABC?

The Coalition’s relationship with News Corp and its hostility towards the national broadcaster are influencing more than just the televised leaders’ debates.

podcast April 28, 2022

The Vote: All the Clive Palmer ads are written by… Clive Palmer?

Rick Morton on the rise of Clive Palmer and what he is trying to get out of his election advertising blitz.

News April 23, 2022

Clive Palmer and how to buy the balance of power

As speculation mounts that Clive Palmer will seek a preference deal w ith the Coalition, his advertising spending in some markets is more than 200 times that of his rivals.

podcast April 20, 2022

The fall of two of Hillsong’s most powerful men

Hillsong Church’s growth and success has faltered in recent years. Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton, on how the leadership of the megachurch has entered a phase of panic and recriminations.

News April 16, 2022

Hillsong after the Houstons

With founder Brian Houston resigning from Hillsong amid scandal and allegations, and his wife, Bobbie, being pushed out, the global megachurch is now facing its own day of reckoning.

podcast April 13, 2022

Inside Morrison’s pre-election appointments

In the final days of a Government, before an election is called, last-minute appointments are often made. Last week, the Morrison government made 19 of those, to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

News April 09, 2022

Coalition stacking Liberals across the boards

In the days before the caretaker period, the Morrison government has made 19 appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, many of whom have links to the Liberal Party.

News April 02, 2022

Lismore inundated again in ‘never-ending’ floods

As further floods tear through southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, communities are exhausted, devastated and searching for answers.

News March 26, 2022

Exclusive: NDIS reforms target children under nine

Tender documents show the government is tweaking the National Disability Insurance Scheme to exclude thousands of children with disabilities such as autism.

podcast March 23, 2022

The day Morrison went silent

As further details emerge about the federal response to the flood crisis in Northern NSW, it has become clear that the government did not send troops when it could have. Rick Morton on Morrison’s blame shifting and the consequent fallout.

News March 19, 2022

Morrison failed to act on flood relief ‘handshake’

As blame-shifting continues over the slow response to the floods in northern NSW, Scott Morrison has gone quiet on a support package agreed to with the state’s premier.

podcast March 16, 2022

‘Where was the help?’: The Northern Rivers flood rescues

Almost two weeks on from the catastrophic flooding on the east coast of Australia, residents have begun the slow process of rebuilding their lives. But they’ve been left with a lingering question: where was the help?

News March 12, 2022

Residents abandoned in epic floods

As extraordinary stories emerge of the rescue efforts in northern New South Wales, with hundreds of people saved, residents describe being completely abandoned by the federal government.

podcast March 10, 2022

The end of public housing in Australia

Rick Morton on how governments and developers are exacerbating the housing crisis in Australia - and what it means for people who need a place to live.

News March 05, 2022

Exclusive: Leaked documents show public housing plan halved

Leaked documents show the NSW government’s plan to sell the Waterloo Estate to developers will deliver less than half the public housing stock initially deemed possible.

News February 26, 2022

Exclusive: Millions siphoned against Treasury advice

Secret documents show Dominic Perrottet’s office gave millions to a private project in the seat of a National Party defector, against advice and without the relevant department’s involvement.

podcast February 24, 2022

The real cause of Australia’s mental health crisis

Rick Morton on the real causes of Australia’s spiralling mental health crisis and the recent bungle that made it worse.

News February 19, 2022

The truth about spiralling mental-health waitlists

The crisis in mental-health care has been exacerbated by a breakdown in the college responsible for accrediting new psychiatrists, pushing waitlists to as long as a year.

News February 12, 2022

The story of a life behind the aged-care statistics

Behind the numbers of elderly people who have died of Covid-19, and the glib dismissal of them by politicians, are stories of rich lives ended in often terrible loneliness.

podcast February 08, 2022

Morrison’s Covid hotline sting

Today, senior reporter at The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the outsourcing of a key frontline health service and the impact of privatisation during the pandemic.

News February 05, 2022

Exclusive: Robo-debt call centres take over Covid hotline

The hotline at the centre of the government’s new Covid-19 strategy is staffed by casual workers with almost no training, employed by the company behind robo-debt.

podcast January 31, 2022

The real crisis inside our hospitals

Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton on the crisis in our health system, and how our government’s didn’t see it coming.

News January 29, 2022

Hospital plan: ‘Try very hard to avoid getting Covid until March’

In October, the government made a new plan for hospitals – but it was never updated and one of the key drugs it was based on still hasn’t arrived.

News January 22, 2022

The sweetheart deal that caused testing to collapse

A deal that allowed private pathology labs to claim government rebates up to 20 times for one procedure has contributed to the startling collapse of the testing system.

News December 18, 2021

Part two: How Covid-19 began an ‘mRNA revolution’

Covid-19 focused the world’s scientists and politicians like never before. The breakthroughs made to manage it could now lead to vaccines against HIV and even cancer.

podcast December 14, 2021

The scientist who saved your life

Rick Morton on the woman who spent decades advocating for the unproven technology behind the vaccine, and how it helped save humanity.

News December 11, 2021

Part one: The true story of the Covid-19 vaccines

In many ways the world was cruel to Hungarian biochemist Katalin Karikó, until she saved it.

Life December 11, 2021

‘I’m not going to sugar-coat it’: meet 2021’s most resilient school leavers

For some young people, finishing school in a global pandemic was made more difficult by the compounding effects of disadvantage.

News December 04, 2021

Omicron variant: What happens now

New details have emerged regarding the spread of Omicron to Europe, but it is still not clear how significant the Covid-19 strain will be.

News November 27, 2021

Government outsources aged care reform to management consultants

Eight months after receiving the final report from the aged care royal commission, the Morrison government is spending millions of dollars on management consultancies rather than implementing key recommendations.

News November 20, 2021

Exclusive: Government ‘star chamber’ targets doctors

The agency tasked with oversight of Medicare billing is accused of ‘terrorising’ doctors as it recoups tens of millions in payments.

News November 06, 2021

Exclusive: Legal ultimatum a ‘slap in the face’ for mesh victims

The shifting of liabilities between shell companies has left thousands of women harmed by transvaginal mesh implants with no one to sue for proper compensation.

Life November 06, 2021

First Nations students and finding the right pathway

As an honours student studying philosophy at Melbourne University, having just missed out on a Rhodes Scholarship, Warumungu man Ethan Taylor is interested in the production of knowledge and justice.

News October 23, 2021

Opening up: Covid-19 cases could still reach 750,000

As the eastern states emerge from lockdowns, the pandemic isn’t over, it’s just changing shape.

News October 16, 2021

Exclusive: Government documents reveal Indigenous infection rates

Leaked documents show Covid-19 infections among Indigenous people are almost double the national average.

News October 09, 2021

How private management consultants took over the public service

Since the Coalition came to power, outsourcing of policy work to management consultants has surged – to the point where the public service scarcely has the expertise to function.

News October 01, 2021

Who will replace Gladys Berejiklian?

Following the surprise resignation of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, four men are jockeying for the job.

News October 02, 2021

Exclusive: Australia’s most vulnerable ignored in plan to open up

A rush of government tenders to outsource Covid-19 responses shows who is most at risk as lockdowns end. The 20 per cent who will not be fully vaccinated when states begin to open are not anti-vaxxers but rather the most vulnerable.

News September 25, 2021

Covid figures: Splits emerge in government health models

As contact tracing collapses in NSW, differences are opening up in the key health modelling commissioned by government.

News September 18, 2021

Exclusive: Ambulances ‘beyond crisis point’

The ambulance service used to reach its ‘status three’ crisis band once a decade. It has hit it several times in the past few weeks alone.

News September 11, 2021

Exclusive: National cabinet told hospital crisis could last six months

As overwhelmed hospital staff prepare to triage patients based on age, a new briefing to national cabinet says the strain on the health system will last well into next year.

News September 04, 2021

Exclusive: Covid-19 hospitalisations three times higher than reported

Victoria and NSW are at a crisis point, with Covid-19 hospitalisations being underreported and cascading impacts on ambulance services and medical staffing.

News August 28, 2021

Exclusive: States unable to staff ventilator capacity

Analysis prepared for national cabinet shows that although states have built up surge capacity for ventilators during the pandemic, they do not have the medical staff to operate them.

News August 21, 2021

Leaked doc: National cabinet counts ICU beds, underestimates cases by 50 per cent

A leaked document shows that national cabinet has shifted its focus from vaccinations to working out how well hospitals will cope with Covid-19 surges.

News August 14, 2021

Brutal cuts to NDIS see some plans halved without consultation

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is cutting services without consultation, leaving those with disabilities in a continued fight for funding, while fraudulent providers face little scrutiny.

News August 07, 2021

Morrison’s figures do not predict an end to lockdowns

As Scott Morrison leans on ‘optimal’ vaccine modelling, the epidemiologists he commissioned say they can’t predict a return to normal.

News July 31, 2021

The political forces inside the anti-lockdown movement

The divisions and tensions inside national cabinet mirror the political forces that are gaining strength within the anti-lockdown movement.

News July 24, 2021

What drives Dr Kerry Chant?

Dr Kerry Chant is on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. She is described by colleagues as someone who abhors small talk and will give advice regardless of the impact on her career.

News July 17, 2021

Vaccines, part two: ‘Is this guy serious?’

Australia’s vaccine rollout has been a series of decisions and sliding doors moments, all connected to one original failure.

News July 10, 2021

Part one: The true story of Australia’s vaccine failure

A time line of the science behind the Covid-19 vaccines shows how close Australia came to its own breakthroughs, and how it backed the wrong candidates.

News July 03, 2021

Exclusive: Morrison ignored chief health officers’ advice

On Monday, chief health officers urged Scott Morrison to drop the AstraZeneca vaccine entirely. Instead, he broadened its usage.

News June 26, 2021

The end of AstraZeneca

As the government sets new ‘horizons’ for the vaccine rollout, questions are being asked about how decisions regarding supply were initially made.

News June 19, 2021

The police, the YouTube star and the Labor Party

The arrest of a Friendlyjordies producer on an intimidation charge is the latest strange turn in the life of the Labor-aligned YouTube star.

News June 12, 2021

Is Medicare under attack?

Looming changes to Medicare rebates have brought howls of protest and the potential for another ‘Mediscare’ campaign by Labor. But, experts say, the real problem is the rise of private health and the slow drift to a US-style system.

News June 05, 2021

‘You had one job’: inside the botched aged-care rollout

At the same time as the government was failing to deliver vaccines to aged-care homes, it scrapped the support payment designed to stop staff working at multiple sites – a key source of transmission.

podcast June 01, 2021

The vaccine race Australia is losing

As Covid-19 case numbers in Victoria continue to rise, attention has turned to the slow pace of the vaccine rollout, and the question of whether or not more vaccinations could have stopped this outbreak. Today, Rick Morton on where the rollout went wrong and what the consequences have been.

News May 29, 2021

Vaccine rollout: how it all went so terribly wrong

The federal government has taken unprecedented control of Covid-19 vaccinations, but the rollout has been mired in politics, faulty numbers and unawarded tenders.

News May 22, 2021

Is a former Murdoch executive the ABC’s next best hope?

As yet another funding fight looms for the national broadcaster, the government has appointed three new members to the ABC board.

News May 15, 2021

Refugee processing blitz

Refugees who have waited for years to have their cases for asylum heard are now being rushed through a new system that critics say erodes due process.

News May 08, 2021

McKinsey and the NDIA

While the government works to reform the disability insurance agency and restart welfare debt collections, management consultancy McKinsey has amassed significant influence.

News May 01, 2021

Film productions move to Australia

As the pandemic rages overseas, scores of major film and TV projects are moving production to Australia. But will this gold rush bring any lasting benefits to the local industry?

News April 24, 2021

Getting overseas students back

The struggling university sector will get no help from the Victorian government to set up quarantine facilities for international students, while similar plans in other states have also stalled.

News April 17, 2021

Covid-19 and its effects on the brain

A comprehensive study of more than 230,000 people by Oxford University researchers has linked neurological disorders, such as stroke and dementia, to Covid-19.

News April 17, 2021

The restructuring of the NDIS

A secret taskforce set up to cut costs and reduce access to the NDIS is the tip of the iceberg in a suite of plans to dramatically reshape the scheme.

News April 13, 2021

Exclusive: Documents leaked from secretive NDIS taskforce

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is looking to limit new applicants and the amount allocated to existing users to control a cost blowout.

News April 10, 2021

Robo-debt public servants now shaping the NDIS

As the government pushes for major changes to the NDIS, The Saturday Paper can reveal key figures in the scheme’s fraud and compliance division were also involved in the robo-debt fiasco.

News April 03, 2021

WhatsApp leak: ministers shut out of  NDIS redraft

State and territory disability ministers have been sidelined from plans to strip back the NDIS. The legislation will hand the federal minister ‘God powers’ over the scheme.

News March 27, 2021

Asylum seekers and Medicare access

Asylum seekers are being denied access to Covid-19 tests, Medicare and even schooling because of both deliberate and unintentional flaws in the visa system.

News March 20, 2021

The NDIS and government controls

A win for the government in its push to deny people on the National Disability Insurance Scheme access to sex worker supports may hand the Commonwealth even greater power to control the scheme.

News March 13, 2021

Lex Greensill: Why the green energy backer lost his billions

For years, the rise of the Bundaberg farmer’s son turned London banker seemed unstoppable. Then things started to fall apart.

Opinion March 10, 2021

Why our media and politics fail trauma survivors

Media commentators were quick to attack mention of a widely read self-help book in the dossier of Christian Porter's accuser. But the science of trauma is complicated, and we lack the nuance needed to understand it or its treatments.

News March 06, 2021

Aged-care royal commission final report

After two-and-a-half years, the report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has landed. Its findings are clear: without a major overhaul and more resources, our elderly will continue to receive substandard care.

News March 01, 2021

Aged Care Royal Commission report lashes failing sector

More than two years after it was first established, the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has called for systemic overhaul of an underfunded and under-regulated sector.

News February 27, 2021

Exclusive: Crown report referred to the Federal Police

The AFP is investigating a report referred by Justice Patricia Bergin in the wake of her explosive inquiry into Crown Casino, as ASIC begins looking into the company’s current and former board appointees.

News February 27, 2021

The rise of Afterpay

Afterpay produced Australia’s youngest self-made billionaire. The company is yet to report a profit, but has ambitious plans to grow overseas and outrun regulators here.

News February 20, 2021

Robo-debt shonky from the start

The government claims it thought debts raised by its robo-debt scheme were legal. But experts now point to two cases that went before the High Court and clearly highlighted the program’s risks.

News February 20, 2021

Family Court merger

The Family Court system has been struggling for years, yet a decision to merge it with the Federal Circuit Court has provoked both concern and support from stakeholders across the spectrum.

News February 13, 2021

Crown’s casinos and the Bergin report

James Packer’s Crown Casino has been found unfit to hold a licence in NSW, following an 18-month inquiry. The findings call into question Crown casinos around Australia and have other state governments scrambling.

News February 05, 2021

Redrafting the NDIS

The NDIS minister is pushing for states and territories to agree on a ban on sex therapy under the insurance scheme. Disability advocates fear Stuart Robert’s plans to increase federal control are a cost-cutting exercise at heart.

News February 06, 2021

Inside Tim Wilson’s campaign against super

As the face of the Coalition’s push to reshape super, Tim Wilson sees the early access to accounts offered during the pandemic as a blueprint for a more fundamental change to the system.

News January 30, 2021

Exclusive: Scott Morrison misrepresents China advice

As the prime minister tries to calm concerns about tensions with China, Kevin Rudd says the idea Morrison is taking a consultative approach is ‘nonsense’.

News January 23, 2021

Did Australia put its money on the wrong vaccines?

As the realities of Australia’s vaccine choices set in, tensions are rising with the states and territories over the program’s rollout.

News December 19, 2020

Fracking on Country in the NT

As a senate inquiry launches a scathing critique of the legislative failures that led to the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves, traditional owners in the Northern Territory are fighting a fracking project that threatens water sources and sacred sites.

News December 12, 2020

How the NDIA is devaluing disability

With the NDIA appearing intent on downgrading funding for supported independent living, the lives of those relying on the scheme are being put at risk.

News December 05, 2020

Exclusive: The seven-year plot to undermine the NDIS

After years of careful manoeuvring, the Coalition government is readying to make radical changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The revised system will force new assessments and tighten eligibility.

News November 28, 2020

Andrews budget wedges Morrison on aged care

After Victoria was ravaged by a second wave of Covid-19, Premier Daniel Andrews has targeted his state’s budget to address the crisis’s key drivers: insecure work and aged care.

News November 21, 2020

Big picture: Robo-debt, politics and poverty

A landmark Productivity Commission report into mental illness provides a road map to reduce harm, but it chafes against deep-seated government ideology.

News November 14, 2020

Progress on Covid-19 vaccines

This week, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced it had produced an effective vaccine for Covid-19. It is one of four vaccines to which Australia has now secured access.

News November 07, 2020

Policing family violence in NSW

As the NSW parliament debates amendments to family violence legislation, new research shows that some victim-survivors are being charged as offenders instead, while children are not being protected by apprehended violence orders.

News October 31, 2020

Trump 2020: This is how you steal an election

As the US election looms, a shadow campaign is running to suppress votes, with Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh using a disgraced argument he first tried as an adviser to George W. Bush.

News October 24, 2020

Time for a haircut and catch-up

Among all the hardships of Melbourne’s lengthy Covid-19 lockdown, not being able to get a haircut has been rated by many as one of the most psychologically taxing. With salons now reopened, a palpable sense of purpose and identity is returning to the city.

News October 24, 2020

What went wrong inside Australia Post?

The mail carrier’s chief executive has been asked to stand aside after revelations of luxury watches gifted to executives, but the company is facing much deeper crises.

News October 17, 2020

Exclusive: War on refugees moves to final phase onshore

Without warning, the government has removed all support from hundreds of refugees in community detention – denying them housing and income support.

News October 10, 2020

Budget 2020 does little for the vulnerable

This year’s budget provides little support for those in greatest need, including the aged-care sector and people who are unemployed – with women over 40 bearing the heaviest burden.

News October 03, 2020

Jacqui Lambie’s stand on education

Jacqui Lambie has made clear she will vote against the Coalition’s controversial higher education reforms, but the government appears to be angling for Centre Alliance’s vote.

News September 26, 2020

Coalition to cut $2 billion a year from university research

New analysis reveals the government intends to cut billions of dollars from university research, while reannouncing funds from elsewhere in the budget.

News September 19, 2020

The collapse of aged care (part two)

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted two decades of aged-care mismanagement, but at the heart of the sector is a pyramid scheme that exposes the taxpayer to billions in liability.

News September 12, 2020

The collapse of aged care (part one)

As the royal commission prepares findings that will likely recommend a return to an earlier system of aged care, the crisis in the sector can be linked to Howard-era reforms that stoked greed and lowered care standards, and have been worsened by successive governments.

News August 29, 2020

Exclusive: Jobactive virus kickbacks top $500 million

Government policies have seen the ‘unemployment industry’ paid millions during the pandemic, while jobless rates soar.

News August 22, 2020

Federal government holds back vital Covid-19 spread data

As the coronavirus crisis in aged care worsens, the federal government is withholding key information and denying it is responsible for surge staff in nursing homes.

News August 15, 2020

The international search for a vaccine

As the world doubts Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine announcement, there have been promising developments in trials from China and Britain.

News August 15, 2020

Exclusive: The phone call that denied elderly patients access to hospital

Two months ago the government set its response for Covid-19 outbreaks in aged care – controversially, it was ‘about keeping the hospitals for the young’.

News August 08, 2020

What led to Victoria’s extraordinary shutdown

The Andrews government cannot identify any legislation it needed to override, but experts say that is the point.

News August 01, 2020

Lost function: Long-term consequences of surviving coronavirus

New research shows coronavirus may have lasting impacts on cognitive ability.

News July 25, 2020

Covid-19 outbreaks in aged care

A third of Covid-19 deaths in Australia so far have occurred in aged-care homes. An investigation finds an underfunded and underprepared sector.

News July 18, 2020

How the second wave broke

Australia almost beat the first strain of coronavirus. New research shows that later strains, which had spread through Europe and America, slipped out through hotel quarantine.

News July 11, 2020

Exclusive: Doctors ignore terminal cancer

A scan might have found the cancer now killing Daniel van Roo. Instead his doctor gave him 50 STI tests, which van Roo believes was because he is gay.

News July 04, 2020

Young people with disabilities still living in aged care

Of the thousands of young people with disabilities living in aged-care facilities, only a few hundred have been moved into the community since the NDIS rollout began in 2013.

News June 27, 2020

How divisions at The Age cost its editor his job

Last week’s shock departure of the editor of The Age was sparked by discontent among staff over editorial direction and leadership. But it seems the warning shots claimed an unintended victim.

News June 27, 2020

Exclusive: New govt report targets ABC

As the ABC announces massive job cuts, the Morrison government has commissioned a report that mirrors Murdoch concerns about the broadcaster.

News June 20, 2020

Autism review concerns NDIS users

As the National Disability Insurance Agency awaits the findings of research it has commissioned into autism support and treatment, members of the autism community are concerned the report may never be made public.

News June 20, 2020

Inside Hemmes’ $100m wage case

While Josh Frydenberg personally consulted the Merivale CEO about JobKeeper’s design, court documents detail the huge underpayment suit his pub empire is facing.

News June 06, 2020

Daniel Andrews and China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Victoria’s participation in China’s $US1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative has attracted widespread criticism and created conflict between the state and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

News May 30, 2020

How one mine ate a town

A Queensland town’s decades-long legal fight against being subsumed by a coalmine could end next week as the case reaches the High Court of Australia. But not before a final turn of the screws.

News May 23, 2020

Exclusive: Gov’s $5.8m aged-care app offers ‘no duty of care’

An Uber-like app that matches aged-care facilities with casual workers has won a government contract despite questions over what it provides.

News May 16, 2020

How Covid-19 energised conspiracy theorists

Coronavirus has invigorated conspiracy theorists and brought together disparate groups, many of them flourishing as social media platforms stand down moderators.

News May 09, 2020

The Newmarch House Covid-19 cluster

With the aged-care watchdog looking into the Covid-19 cluster that has claimed 16 lives at Newmarch House in Sydney’s west, systemic flaws are being exposed. But what comfort is that to the distressed families of residents?

News May 02, 2020

Black Summer bushfire inquiries begin

Many are still waiting to rebuild their homes that were destroyed during the Black Summer, but experts have told the bushfire royal commission and parliamentary inquiry that the climate crisis will leave more people vulnerable to disaster.

News April 25, 2020

Last exams: Reality of year 12 in lockdown

Covid-19 has opened up new disparities between students, as some states consider narrowing the scope of final-year exams in response.

News April 18, 2020

Tasmanian hospitals caught in coronavirus storm

While rumours swirl over how the North West Regional and Private hospitals became the epicentre of Tasmania’s Covid-19 battle, evidence has emerged of a severe shortage of personal protective equipment and encouragement of dubious practices throughout the state.

News April 11, 2020

What’s next for George Pell

While the High Court this week quashed the cardinal’s conviction for child sexual abuse, there remain several fronts on which the legal battle may continue.

News April 04, 2020

Family violence increasing during Covid-19 lockdown

With the nation in near lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, family violence is on the rise, with many victims now unable to access the help and services they need.

News March 28, 2020

Exclusive: Inside the hunt for a vaccine

While one Queensland laboratory readies a Covid-19 vaccine for human trials, Howard-era public servant Jane Halton is co-ordinating the global response.

News March 21, 2020

Everything you need to know about coronavirus

In a world currently also contaminated with false information surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, the experts are here to unravel the truth.

News March 14, 2020

George Pell’s High Court appeal

The High Court decision on the fate of convicted cardinal George Pell may be delivered as early as next week.

Opinion March 07, 2020

A fraction too much fiction

“The truth, in Scott Morrison’s world, is like light. With the right forces, it can be fractured or bent out of shape. Sometimes it changes of its own accord, as the sun charts a course across the sky. As Immigration minister, he invented the notion …”

News February 29, 2020

Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

As Julian Assange’s fight against extradition to the United States finally came to court this week, allegations arose that he was bugged at the Ecuadorian embassy.

News February 22, 2020

Aged-care assessment reform may be ‘accounting trick’

Experts in the aged-care sector warn that the government may reduce waiting lists for home-care programs by restricting their eligibility requirements, leaving thousands of older Australians in need.

News February 15, 2020

Government stalling on Howard refugee compo

For nearly a decade, Payam Saadat has fought for compensation over the trauma he endured in immigration detention. More than 60 other cases rely on the result of his trial.

News February 08, 2020

The biggest party donor you’ve never heard of

Liberal insiders say Isaac Wakil was never present in high-end donor circles. So what prompted the reclusive 92-year-old to donate $4.1 million to the Liberal Party?

News February 01, 2020

The coronavirus epidemic

As the impact of the deadly coronavirus grows exponentially, health authorities are scrambling to contain the number of infections, while University of Queensland researchers are working day and night on a potential vaccine.

News January 25, 2020

Exclusive: Red Cross employees speak out

As the Australian Red Cross faces criticisms over its bushfire efforts, current and former employees question the broad scope of its fundraising appeal.

News December 21, 2019

The long, hot summer

Australia is on fire and the volunteers on the front line are sounding an alarm. Lacking vital resources, they are exhausted and quickly draining their annual leave. And the season has no end in sight.

News December 14, 2019

Sexual abuse survivor rebukes Hillsong head

While Brian Houston celebrates Hillsong’s new multimillion-dollar church in New York, a victim of his father’s sexual abuse crowdfunds to pay for cancer treatment.

News December 07, 2019

Australia and digital data

As the ACCC inquires into the data use of digital platforms, the government is caught in a faceoff between News Corp and the tech giants.

News November 30, 2019

Bolt, Pascoe and the culture wars

As Andrew Bolt attempts to start a culture war over Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, a search of primary documents affirms the book’s accuracy.

News November 23, 2019

Saving Julian Assange

A band of strange political bedfellows have united for a common cause – to fight for the return of Julian Assange to Australia.

News November 16, 2019

Co-designing the Voice to Parliament

Despite an early promise by the Morrison government to deliver better outcomes for Indigenous Australians, they remain no closer to being recognised in the constitution.

News November 09, 2019

Mental health cost of welfare

A wide-ranging review of Australian mental health has pointed to the welfare system, particularly the troubled jobactive program, as a key driver in the crisis.

News November 02, 2019

Outsourcing to hit ‘dysfunctional’ aged-care system

While the aged-care royal commission’s interim report highlights the need for reform, experts warn the government’s plans to outsource health assessments may only add to the crisis.

News October 26, 2019

The fight to save Victoria’s last forests

A report that recommends turning forested areas of central west Victoria into national parks has been met with silence by the Andrews government, prompting fears of a return to logging.

News October 19, 2019

Chemical restraint in aged care

While aiming to reduce sedative use in aged-care facilities, new government regulations may have the opposite effect, putting elderly residents at risk of dangerous – and potentially fatal – side effects.

News October 12, 2019

Exclusive: 500 children forfeited to state in NDIS standoff

New figures reveal the human toll of a five-year NDIS funding fight, with hundreds of families pushed to relinquish their children into state care.

News October 05, 2019

Exclusive: Aged-care sector at risk of collapse

Funding cuts made when Scott Morrison was treasurer have left parts of the aged-care sector on the brink of insolvency, propped up by a government bailout.

News September 28, 2019

The week Australia failed on climate change

While Scott Morrison toured Trump’s America, the world’s top climate scientists fought it out over their latest warning of the coming disaster.

News September 21, 2019

Exclusive: Key NDIS emails held on private bank server

As a royal commission begins on the disability sector, correspondence reveals NDIA chair Helen Nugent has used an email account owned by Macquarie Bank to direct the $22 billion agency.

News September 14, 2019

Newstart: the human cost of Morrison’s plan

With an expansion of the welfare crackdown signalled this week in parliament, experts warn the government’s measures will lead to collateral damage.

News August 24, 2019

How the prime minister got middle Australia wrong

In a major speech this week, the prime minister warned the public service that it is losing the trust of middle Australia. But data suggests the ‘quiet Australians’ are losing faith with their politicians.

News August 10, 2019

Murdoch media fuels far-right recruitment

A world-first study by Victorian academics shows inflammatory media reports – on race and Safe Schools – acted as a dog whistle to extremists seeking ‘permission’.