Rick Morton
is The Saturday Paper’s senior reporter.

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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’.