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Stephanie Tran’s Walkley Nomination

Stephanie Tran’s Walkley Nomination

We are excited that Stephanie Tran is one of three nominees for Student Journalist of the Year in the Walkley's 2021 Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism. Stephanie's story, “State Capture: top corporations identified as members of both Liberal and Labor parties”, was a...

Landforces’ brothers in arms: how a weapons peddler qualified for charitable status

Landforces’ brothers in arms: how a weapons peddler qualified for charitable status

The Coalition is cracking down on charitable organisations. However, the Australian charity promoting arms deals on behalf of weapons makers that profit from humanitarian catastrophes is unlikely to be in the government’s sights. With the weapons expo LandForces wrapping up in Brisbane this week, Michelle Fahy delves into the charity behind LandForces.

Senate misled: Watergate deal negotiated directly with Swiss-based Cayman Islands director

Senate misled: Watergate deal negotiated directly with Swiss-based Cayman Islands director

New documents show the government negotiated the controversial $80m Watergate deal directly with the Cayman Islands company founded by Energy Minister Angus Taylor. The Department failed to notify the Senate. Jommy Tee investigates the email trail between the Department, then overseen by Barnaby Joyce, and secretive Switzerland director and Taylor associate Connor Maloney. 

Breakthrough Aussie war drone may target civilian protestors

Breakthrough Aussie war drone may target civilian protestors

An Australian breakthrough in drone technology, making it easier to locate hidden enemy on the battlefield, could also be used to target civilian protesters. The US government has already used surveillance drones to monitor Black Lives Matters protests, while Israel last week reportedly used small drones to drop tear gas on Palestinian protesters. Michelle Fahy investigates.

Going to War: power rests in the hands of one Australian, Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Going to War: power rests in the hands of one Australian, Prime Minister Scott Morrison

The power to send Australian troops to fight in foreign wars rests in effect with the Prime Minister alone, yet a huge majority of Australians think parliamentary approval should be required. With both major parties refusing to budge, Australians for War Powers Reform has launched a GoFundMe campaign Be Sure On War to put pressure on them to change their stance. Alison Broinowski reports.

Red Cross defied basic principles of blood safety by recruiting Hepatitis C-infected donors

Red Cross defied basic principles of blood safety by recruiting Hepatitis C-infected donors

The Red Cross actively encouraged people it knew were infected with Hepatitis C to continue to donate blood in defiance of basic principles of blood safety. As set out by World Health Organisation guidelines, a safe blood donor is healthy and has no risk factors for HIV or other infections. Knowingly including infected blood into a therapeutic setting is a basic breach. Elizabeth Minter reports Part II of the infected blood scandal investigation.

End neo-liberal experiment: gutting of bureaucracy led to vaccine and aged care failures

End neo-liberal experiment: gutting of bureaucracy led to vaccine and aged care failures

The vaccine rollout debacle is further evidence that the federal Department of Health should not be in charge of reforming the aged care sector, as recommended by one of the Aged Care Royal Commissioners. And when will governments of all political persuasions finally wake up to the failed economic model that is neoliberalism? Dr Sarah Russell and Elizabeth Minter report.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison: a “tin ear” or a contempt for women?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison: a “tin ear” or a contempt for women?

In his inability to listen to women, Prime Minister Scott Morrison keeps digging a bigger hole for himself, as evinced by his popularity slide in Newspoll and his latest failure to take a stand against the trolling of women by Coalition MP Andrew Laming. Yet the repeated failures indicate this is not just a matter of a “tin ear” but rather a contempt for women, reports Elizabeth Minter.

Memorial Rorts: how the Australian War Memorial expansion was rammed through despite public opposition

Memorial Rorts: how the Australian War Memorial expansion was rammed through despite public opposition

“The strongest arguments for the Australian War Memorial have always come from the old white men whose names will appear on foundation stones and for whom these 24,000 square metres of new space will stand as a lasting legacy. And lasting, too, will be the memories of the flawed process that led to this outcome.” David Stephens reports on the failure of process and the public opposition which have marred the half a billion dollar AWM expansion.

Disadvantage accelerates as private school funding rises six times public schools over the decade

Disadvantage accelerates as private school funding rises six times public schools over the decade

By 2029 public schools will be underfunded by $60 billion; private schools overfunded by $6 billion. In the decade to 2019, private schools received an extra $2,164 per student, public schools just $334 per student. The huge costs to society as a result of such disadvantage includes higher unemployment, poor health and low economic growth but Minister Alan Tudge claims the school funding wars over. Trevor Cobbold reports.

Christian Porter responsible for serial breaches of the law, now cries “rule of law”

Christian Porter responsible for serial breaches of the law, now cries “rule of law”

Christian Porter is responsible for serial breaches of the law, as documented here last year. These revelations alone should be enough to see Porter removed from official duties but his relentless persecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery – both denied natural justice and prosecuted in secret – are hardly the stuff of a model litigant. Yet now the besieged Attorney-General calls for rule of law to apply in respect of the rape allegations against him. Elizabeth Minter reports. 

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