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Reputation Laundering: weapons companies infiltrating schools to promote education

Reputation Laundering: weapons companies infiltrating schools to promote education

A Lockheed missile blows up a bus full of Yemeni children; in Australia Lockheed Martin gains kudos by sponsoring the National Youth Science Forum. BAE Systems sponsors underprivileged kids in Australia while being complicit in the killing of thousands of needy children in Yemen. All you see in industry marketing pitches is euphemism, with nary a mention of the word “weapons”. Michelle Fahy reports.

Torture of Julian Assange by Australian governments sends powerful message to whistleblowers

Torture of Julian Assange by Australian governments sends powerful message to whistleblowers

Australia’s psychological torture of Julian Assange includes isolating and demonising him; flatly rejecting evidence of ill-treatment; refusing to respond to specific allegations; and divesting themselves of any responsibility. Leaders can’t, or won’t, accept the difference between psychological torture and ‘a legal matter’, writes Dr Lissa Johnson.

Revealed: radical escalation in US war machine funding for Australian Government “think tank” ASPI

Revealed: radical escalation in US war machine funding for Australian Government “think tank” ASPI

Scott Morrison says Australia’s position has been wrongly interpreted as siding with the US over China. Yet two of the main funders of the Federal Government-owned think-tank ASPI, a constant critic of China, are the US State Department, whose secretary Mike Pompeo has led the charge of global anti-China sentiment, and foreign weapons makers. Marcus Reubenstein investigates.

Regional dams for drought-proofing or mining profits?

Regional dams for drought-proofing or mining profits?

Water infrastructure projects are being fast-tracked in NSW, ostensibly to drought-proof communities. But concerns are growing that this is a cover story to allow more water-guzzling mining operations to develop and expand, with taxpayers footing the bill. Troy Walsh reports.

Where the bloody hell is it? Did Scott Morrison lie about the report that saved his bacon at Tourism Australia?

Where the bloody hell is it? Did Scott Morrison lie about the report that saved his bacon at Tourism Australia?

Scott Morrison was sacked as managing director of Tourism Australia in 2006 with a year left to run on his contract. For 14 years the reason for the sacking has remained one of the best kept secrets in Parliament. FoI documents accessed by Jommy Tee reveal that the PM either lied about a critical probity report, or numerous government departments and agencies are so incompetent that they have lost it.

Department of Defence captured by foreign weapons makers Thales, BAE

Department of Defence captured by foreign weapons makers Thales, BAE

Department of Defence secretly investigates itself, does not make public the review’s existence or its terms of reference, and keeps any resulting report secret. Defence recommends buying hundreds of vehicles from Thales, despite no need for them, just so Thales can keep its factory open. Houston, we have a problem, writes Michelle Fahy.

Going Going, Gonski: public schools finally abandoned for the elite

Going Going, Gonski: public schools finally abandoned for the elite

With its favouritism of funding wealthy Independent and Catholic schools, the Morrison Government has completed the demolition of the Gonski funding model that began with the Abbott and Turnbull governments. Yet public schools educate more than 80% of disadvantaged students and 95% of disadvantaged schools are public schools. Trevor Cobbold reports.

Yes, Minister: aged care, it’s not my fault

Yes, Minister: aged care, it’s not my fault

Ministerial responsibility is dead. With the refusal of Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck to accept responsibility for the deaths of 683 residents in aged care homes who died from Covid-19, so too dies accountable government in Australia. Dr Sarah Russell reports.

Murder, corruption, bombings – the company at centre of Australia’s submarine deal

Murder, corruption, bombings – the company at centre of Australia’s submarine deal

The arms company at the centre of a deadly criminal saga and numerous global corruption scandals, Naval Group, was selected by the Australian government to build our new fleet of submarines – a deal heralded as ‘one of the world’s most lucrative defence contracts’. How did this happen? In this special investigation Michelle Fahy discovers significant gaps in anti-bribery and corruption measures

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