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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 August 17, 2019

How the China question split Australian politics

With his controversial op-ed, Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie set off a debate that has riven Canberra along unexpected lines.

News August 10, 2019

Queer lives at risk

Despite significant progress for the rights of LGBTQIA people in recent decades, suicide rates in the community remain alarmingly high – and advocates warn that the religious freedom debate is only fuelling the crisis.

News August 17, 2019

Ending Australia’s recycling chaos

With overseas countries rejecting more and more of Australia’s recycling, the federal and state governments are finally working towards a solution – 10 years after industry experts warned of the impending problem.

News August 17, 2019

New birth certificate laws spark anti-trans campaign

As the backlash against the inclusion of trans and non-binary Australians continues, medical experts fear media rhetoric may hurt the wellbeing of gender-questioning youth.

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 August 10, 2019

Political parties cash in on gambling largesse

The crushing rejection of a parliamentary push for an investigation into Crown Casino highlights how much the major parties are in the thrall of the gambling lobby.

News August 10, 2019

The bullying of school leadership by parents

Where once school principals were treated with deference and respect, today they are often met with aggression and conflict.

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’.

News August 3, 2019

Carers’ evidence on aged care

Evidence to the Aged Care Royal Commission resonates for the author, who was part of a family team looking after her grandmother in her own home.

News August 3, 2019

Low-paid workers and wage theft

As George Calombaris returns wages of $7.8 million to his employees, the latest research shows widespread underpayment of casual workers – particularly those earning the least.

News August 3, 2019

Coalition bets anti-union bill on Setka rebuke

While the government argues it needs tough new powers to break up thuggish, militant unions, experts say the average union member is a 50-something woman working in aged care.