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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

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 24, 2020

Probe into Western Sydney airport land deal

A scathing audit of the Infrastructure Department’s purchase of land for the Western Sydney airport has led to an AFP investigation. But this is only the latest controversy in a long history of scandals relating to the Badgerys Creek site.

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 October 22, 2020

Queensland teenagers launch legal challenge of Adani mine

Brooklyn O'Hearn and Claire Galvin have lodged a legal request for the Environment minister to revoke approval for the Carmichael mine, citing research linking its associated emissions with damage to up to 18,000 square kilometres of the World Heritage site.

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

Auditor-general takes PM&C to task

As well as criticising the performance of the prime minister’s department, the auditor-general’s midterm review has a warning about unethical behaviour in the public sector.

News October 17, 2020

Politics in a pandemic

Following the death of her mother from Covid-19, the author has encountered the ugly ways in which the virus has been politicised by the Victorian opposition and even strangers in the street.

News October 17, 2020

Challenging the secrecy of national cabinet

Legal experts are questioning the basis on which national cabinet deliberations are deemed to be secret, and the issue has led to an Administrative Appeals Tribunal case.

News October 17, 2020

Where Victoria’s second-wave cases are still occurring

Months into Victoria’s second wave, healthcare workers, cleaners and other front-line staff continue to be at greatest risk of contracting Covid-19, as concerns remain over infection control and the government’s transparency about outbreaks in vulnerable settings.

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 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.