Rick Morton
is The Saturday Paper’s senior reporter.

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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.

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