Trump is adding to the US sanctions list at a rate never seen before, without Congressional oversight or the requirement to produce evidence. Sanctioning the International Criminal Court over its unanimous ruling to investigate US military personnel for alleged war crimes could see the names of victims of war crimes added to a list previously reserved for terrorists, war criminals, dictators and international drug lords.
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If it’s good enough for tennis stars and entertainers, it’s good enough for multinational tax avoiders and consultants. Michael West addresses the Senate Inquiry into Finance and Public Administration today. This is an edited version of the opening statement to the Committee which oversees public accountability in which he calls for measures to protect Australian taxpayers from reckless spending and opaque disclosure.
The biggest risk of living in poverty in Australia is to receive welfare payments without an additional source of income. This is a problem of both generational and class inequality. Noah Corbett reports on decades of economic policy decisions which have reduced the social welfare safety net for those who are young, working-age or older without property whilst benefitting wealthy, older Australians who own property and have sizeable superannuation.
The Morrison Government’s JobKeeper scheme is in trouble. By privatising the administration of JobKeeper to businesses and privatising its funding to the banks, millions of workers are in limbo
Sensationalism has focused on fistfights over toilet rolls, but the real story is the withdrawal of democratic oversight, and how little public resistance there is to the declaration of martial law. Power granted is power conceded; and power relinquished is power reclaimed with difficulty. John Keane reports.
Cutting government services to pay off government debt post the current pandemic is not a necessity but rather a political and ideological choice. History has shown that if we focus on full employment and the real economy, the budget will take care of itself....
Everyone impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is looking for a sign that it may end soon. That includes heads of governments, health officials, global agencies and, of course, the two million sufferers worldwide and their families and carers. Alan Austin reports.
After 28 years with Defence Science and Technology, on Friday, October 28, 2016, Dr Tony Lindsay, one of Australia’s most eminent defence scientists, said goodbye to DST. The following Tuesday, November 1, he started work with the world’s largest arms manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. Michelle Fahy reports on Australia’s revolving door between military and industry.
Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor, who has a history of disclosure failures and being embroiled in scandals, yesterday updated his pecuniary interests register to reflect thousands of dollars worth of gifts from Virgin Australia and Qantas. These disclosures were...
COVID-19 killed visa privatisation but questions about the PM’s mates remain. Michael Sainsbury reports on the Government’s backflip as the coronavirus kills off the private consortia’s dreams of a tourism honey pot.
The rate of increase in COVID-19 rose by 450 new cases on Saturday in Australia with a rise in new testing. The rate of acceleration in new cases had declined in the days before. It is too early to tell the right response to the pandemic - there is not enough testing...
The Government has teed up a “community chest” of future rorts to target marginal seats in two more elections. The blatant manipulation of voters does not end with #sportsrorts and other assorted grants rorts. Jommy Tee has uncovered a cunning plan which could see Community Development Grants pork-barrel another two election campaigns.
Brothers-in-Arms: the high-rotation revolving door between the Australian government and arms merchants
A disturbing number of Australia’s military personnel, senior defence and intelligence officials and politicians leave their public service jobs and walk through the ‘revolving door’ into roles with weapons-making and security-related corporations. Nowhere is government and industry more fused than in defence. Michelle Fahy reports.
Slush: how the Coalition ramped up grants rorts while freezes and funding cuts hit Australia’s needy
They cut domestic violence funding and National Parks, froze Newstart, and consigned the most needy to the Indue cashless welfare card while spraying unprecedented billions in “invitation only” grants – our taxpayer dollars – at political targets. A forensic analysis of four budgets and MYEFO statements.
What our prime ministers said about Australia’s longest running military engagement, the War in Afghanistan. Michelle Fahy’s report follows secret information about the Afghanistan war obtained by The Washington Post.
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,...
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