Rick Morton
is The Saturday Paper’s senior reporter.

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News November 23, 2019

Saving Julian Assange

A band of strange political bedfellows have united for a common cause – to fight for the return of Julian Assange to Australia.

News November 16, 2019

Co-designing the Voice to Parliament

Despite an early promise by the Morrison government to deliver better outcomes for Indigenous Australians, they remain no closer to being recognised in the constitution.

News November 09, 2019

Mental health cost of welfare

A wide-ranging review of Australian mental health has pointed to the welfare system, particularly the troubled jobactive program, as a key driver in the crisis.

News November 02, 2019

Outsourcing to hit ‘dysfunctional’ aged-care system

While the aged-care royal commission’s interim report highlights the need for reform, experts warn the government’s plans to outsource health assessments may only add to the crisis.

News October 26, 2019

The fight to save Victoria’s last forests

A report that recommends turning forested areas of central west Victoria into national parks has been met with silence by the Andrews government, prompting fears of a return to logging.

News October 19, 2019

Chemical restraint in aged care

While aiming to reduce sedative use in aged-care facilities, new government regulations may have the opposite effect, putting elderly residents at risk of dangerous – and potentially fatal – side effects.

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.

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