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In too deep: when Gladys’ and John’s rorts go wrong

In too deep: when Gladys’ and John’s rorts go wrong

Gladys Berejiklian’s defence of pork barrelling will hardly enthuse ratepayers in Batemans Bay, or taxpayers for that matter. The local government debacle over a Leisure Centre, which got the tick from Deputy Premier John Barilaro in dubious circumstances is the quintessential object lesson in why governments should do their homework before they start throwing money around for political reasons. ​Elizabeth Minter reports.

El Cheapo Aged Care: why the Coalition’s make-work schemes won’t work

El Cheapo Aged Care: why the Coalition’s make-work schemes won’t work

The best interests of older people are not uppermost in this government’s thinking. Referring to older people requiring care as “consumers”, describing the transfer of residents to hospital as “decanting”, talk of “cohorting” residents into sections of a home and other dehumanising language set the scene for its priorities. Using aged care homes as a dumping ground to provide work for people who are unemployed is just the latest ploy, writes Dr Sarah Russell.

Money-laundering bill finally back in Parliament despite fight by Law Council, property lobby

Money-laundering bill finally back in Parliament despite fight by Law Council, property lobby

As Australia is a global pariah on climate change, it is a pariah for not cracking down on money laundering and financial crime that facilitates child exploitation and terrorism. But with the Greens’ amendment to the anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism financing bill to be debated this week, Labor, the Coalition and the cross-bench senators will have to decide

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.

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