An unregistered lobbyist, a ministerial breach of the Lobbying Code of Conduct and a $2.6 million grant awarded during the election campaign minus pesky guidelines. Jommy Tee and Ronni Salt clear the pigs for take off.The deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack,...
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As secretive Liberal Party donors line up for the privatisation of Australia's visa processing, the deal has now been held up and may require new legislation to pass both houses of Parliament. Michael Sainsbury reports.The timeline for the Australian government’s...
Hackers, leakers and whistle-blowers are shedding light on corrupt governments and corporations around the world. Data journalist, Kim Prince, looks at the rise of "offshore leaks".At the dawn of the third decade of the 21st century, something inevitable is brewing....
On the heels of the #sportsrorts and our investigation into the Coalition Government's media and regional growth fund rorts, we bring you Pork 'n 'Ride. Jommy Tee uncovers the latest dodgy vote-winner from the 2019 federal election — the $149 million Commuter Car...
The Coalition's claimed "miracle" election win is looking decidedly hollow as more rorts surface in the media. Senator Bridget McKenzie took one for the team over the #sportsrorts and resigned her ministry. Jommy Tee uncovers yet another whopper — the Regional Growth...
Nine months after the Election, we find out who bought it. From News Corp to GetUp, from Adani to the Australian Bankers Association, Stephen Mayne, the country’s top journalist on campaign finance, looks at the big donors, what they are buying
New pork barrelling allegations of the Liberal government favouring marginal seats for media grants have yet to entice a response from former communications minister Mitch Fifield.
Australia’s $225 billion SEA 1000 submarine project is so high risk, it would be better for Department of Defence to scrap it and start again, writes former public service chief, Jon Stanford, in the final instalment of his Second Rate Leadership series.
The SEA 1000 submarine program is exorbitantly expensive and a classic case of poor leadership in Defence. This is the third in the “Second Rate Leadership”, series by former public service chief Jon Stanford
As with climate policy, Australia’s leadership is too close to America, too close to Rupert Murdoch and too weak to secure the country from future military threats
Is the Lucky Country running out of luck? Natural disaster or political disaster? An essay by John Keane on Australia's bushfires and its ailing democracy. A popular poem penned by Sydney-born Dorothea Mackellar in the early years of last century speaks lyrically of a...
Australia’s response to US Trumpeting over the assassination of Iran’s top general has been muted. Former diplomat, Cavan Hogue, asks if Australia will be dragged into another fine mess.
“How come we only had four trucks to defend our town?” pleaded the distressed resident of Cobargo to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. That was January 2, after bushfires had razed the tiny town in the south of NSW, leaving residents homeless. Michael West investigates the firefighters’ financial statements and raises some interesting questions.
“Lamentable”, “reckless”, “a regrettable lack of leadership from Prime Minister Scott Morrison”. Australia is in trouble; and that’s the way it’s seen even in Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Bolivia. The world is looking on with dismay as Australia burns. Alan Austin reports on the global response to the devastating bushfires.
Staying in the US Alliance under Trump’s leadership is more likely to get us into trouble than keeping us out of it. John Menadue reports.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation having survived years of merciless attacks by the Coalition now faces the biggest crossroad of its existence.
Australian Defence contracts pass from Russian with money-laundering links to shady US military contractor Dyncorp
Why is the Australian Defence Force striking deals with a Russian military contractor whose associations stretch from Cyprus to the Seychelles? The ADF and Defence Minister Melissa Price have batted away questions about Australian taxpayers’ money being laundered through tax havens
Former gun reporter and star of 'Dads on Air', John Stapleton, with alter ego, old Alex, looks back on the Turnbull era as the critical turning point in our country's self-immolation.EVERY DOG has its day. And the most disappointing Prime Minister in Australian...
As Australia cooks under forecast record temperatures this week, the Coalition is still trying to cook the books by claiming carry-over Kyoto credits to mask its failure on climate. Sandi Keane updates her recent article, the first to explain in full just how these ill-gotten Kyoto credits were conjured up courtesy of John Howard.
Bring out yer dead, bring out yer dead. Tis’ the season to bury the news. Michael West reports on OGNAP. If you don’t know what OGNAP is, or beneficial ownership registers, this story is a must-read.
Last Thursday, the federal government responded to the recommendations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) “world-leading” Digital Platforms Inquiry. The response, however, is a less-than world-leading roadmap for reform. The University of...
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The Formations House leak shows need for reforms on creating companies, says UK anti-corruption chief. Report from Christian Eriksson, David Brown and George Greenwood.
Wednesday’s release of the national accounts for the September quarter confirmed what we already knew — economic stagnation continues. Michael Keating steps into the policy vacuum with solutions.