Royce Kurmelovs

is a freelance journalist and author.

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podcast March 07, 2023

‘Disaster capitalism’: What’s happening after climate catastrophe

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Royce Kurmelovs on what happens when the government doesn’t step up, and the market steps in.

News March 04, 2023

Lismore one year after the floods

A year after the floods, Northern Rivers residents are in limbo, with many likely to miss out on recovery funds from a program that is beset by delays and a lack of transparency.

News January 14, 2023

Inside Labor’s Voice strategy

Labor is approaching the referendum to secure an Indigenous Voice to Parliament with extreme caution, as the political attacks begin to take shape.

News January 07, 2023

The strange case against electric vehicle incentives

A submission from the Productivity Commission, based on unproven modelling, recommends the government does nothing to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles before 2035.

podcast December 12, 2022

15 months in jail after a climate protest

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Royce Kurmelovs on the jailing of Deanna “Violet” Coco and how governments are trying to outlaw disruption.

News December 10, 2022

The sentencing of climate activist Violet CoCo

The new anti-protest law that handed a climate change activist a 15-month prison term is an international embarrassment, human rights watchers say.

News November 19, 2022

What’s new in the latest Covid wave?

The latest resurgence in Covid-19 is being met with a notable lack of urgency by state officials, who are trying out more ‘hopeful’ messaging, despite signs that the population isn’t keeping up to date with vaccinations.

News October 01, 2022

Inside the Optus breach

As Optus scrambles to explain how data from millions of users could have been stolen, it is also clear that federal data retention laws contributed to the build-up of vulnerable information.

News August 21, 2021

‘Excited delirium’ used by police

A controversial medical condition is being used by law enforcement around Australia to defend the use of force and to explain deaths in custody – but it has no agreed definition and may not even exist.

podcast May 27, 2021

The frontline women’s services at risk of collapse

The federal budget promised $3.2 billion dollars to be spent on policies that improve the lives of Australian women. But, despite that pledge, a critical front line service that supports women at work now faces closure. Today, Royce Kurmelovs on the future of the Working Women’s Centres.

News May 22, 2021

Centres for working women at risk

Despite this month’s federal budget pledging $3.2 billion to women, a critical front-line service has lost much of its funding and will likely close before the end of the year.

News May 07, 2021

Inquest into death of Wayne Fella Morrison

Five years after his death in custody, the inquest into how Wayne Fella Morrison died has been slowed by legal argument and a campaign to protect prison officers.

News April 03, 2021

The state of vaccinations

Australia has fallen short of its Covid-19 vaccination targets by millions of doses, but who is to blame? As the federal and state governments point fingers at each other, the nation waits for a vaccine rollout that has failed to deliver.

News February 13, 2021

Wages war in Adelaide’s Chinatown

Video footage of an alleged assault at a tea house in Adelaide’s Chinatown has pulled focus onto the issue of wage theft and underpayment, especially among migrants and international students.

News January 30, 2021

Tech giants push back on media bargaining code

The Australian government’s bid to have Google and Facebook share revenue with local media companies has seen the tech giants threaten drastic action – with the main aim of heading off similar measures from other countries.

News January 23, 2021

Political donations and the resources sector’s influence

The fossil fuel industry’s outsized influence on Australian politics is confirmed by a new report, which tracks the millions of dollars spent by the sector in political donations over the past two decades.

News November 28, 2020

The Woodville Pizza Bar incident

As South Australian Premier Steven Marshall promises to ‘throw the book’ at a student who allegedly misled contact tracers, epidemiologists fear a punitive response could undermine efforts to trace and contain future outbreaks.

News October 24, 2020

Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry

While Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry has been marked by the poor recall of some politicians and senior bureaucrats, the seeds of disaster were likely sown several governments ago.

News July 11, 2020

Public schools still missing out on funding

New analysis shows funding for Catholic and independent schools grew more than five times that of public schools in the past decade.

News July 04, 2020

The flaws in the COVIDSafe app

When the COVIDSafe contact tracing app launched, tech-savvy experts went looking for flaws. It didn’t take long to find them.

News May 23, 2020

The new world of desk-bound work

With Covid-19 forcing so many employees to work from home, permanent changes – both in function and monitoring – are expected in the ways we do business.

News April 25, 2020

Privacy concerns over tracing app

The government’s proposed Covid-19 contact tracing app is being sold on its ability to save lives. But experts fear privacy shortcomings and a lack of detail about its development will see it rejected by an already sceptical public.

News March 28, 2020

Australian airlines in turmoil

As the aviation industry faces financial ruin, Qantas boss Alan Joyce lashes out at a possible government bailout of Virgin Australia, a move that only accentuates the turbulence ahead.

News February 22, 2020

The impact of Holden’s demise

As General Motors announces the end of the Holden brand, many of the company’s former auto workers remain in precarious employment.

News February 08, 2020

Nuclear waste site selected in SA

The government’s decision to build a nuclear waste facility in Kimba has divided the South Australian town, with detractors questioning the millions spent on building community support.

News February 01, 2020

Funding cuts to community legal sector

A government funding debacle has hurt the community legal sector across the country, forcing centres to close down and leaving vulnerable people in the lurch.

News November 02, 2019

Unpausing the robo-debt algorithm

Government officials have admitted that the robo-debt system accidentally sent out 10,000 debt notices in April. But questions remain about who knew of the problem and whether it could happen again.

News October 19, 2019

Robo-debt restart affects thousands

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked correspondence shows an error caused the controversial robo-debt algorithm to ‘unpause’ in April this year.

News August 10, 2019

The pipe dream of nuclear power

Although a parliamentary inquiry is revisiting the possibility of nuclear power in Australia, recent history suggests any support is unlikely to gain critical mass.

News April 20, 2019

The long road home from Syria

Repatriating from foreign conflict zones the Australian women and children who became caught up in Daesh’s now-defunct reign of terror will require exacting planning and consideration.

News February 23, 2019

The aged-care royal commission

While the royal commission into aged care has begun by exposing distressing cases of neglect, experts warn that it is the generations currently unaffected – and uninterested – who must become engaged in order for standards to improve.

News September 29, 2018

Inquest on Wayne Fella Morrison

As an inquest into the death in custody of Wayne Fella Morrison continues, his family hopes for justice while the South Australian government cuts funding to key Aboriginal legal services.

News August 11, 2018

3D-printed weapons and the law

The legality of using 3D printers to produce firearms has made headlines here and in the US, but what of the actual practicalities?

News July 21, 2018

Shipbuilding and the Mayo byelection

While the Future Frigate contract is used as a bargaining chip for the upcoming Mayo byelection, the jobs of workers on the project remain in limbo.