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Union royal commission claims few scalps thus far

The Coalition has said it will shine a light into the dark and dirty underbelly of organised labour. The unions say it’s a Labor witch-hunt. Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian reports on the story so far.

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NSW|

Gillard gives her enemies more than they bargained for at royal commission

The former PM held her own in the witness stand today, but how big a role did the media play in putting her there in the first place? Freelance journalist Scott Mitchell reports from the hearing.

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Pink batts commission hands Abbott four explosive problems

Tony “the infrastructure Prime Minister” Abbott may well find that the report by the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program comes back to burn him, writes freelance journalist Alan Austin.

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Gillard’s ex calm under pressure at unions commission

Julia Gillard’s former boyfriend appeared in front of a packed house, giving evidence regarding his (and Gillard’s) possible involvement in a union slush fund.

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Finger pointing before the royal commission begins

Crikey readers talk the good old days of architecture, politicians and their lookalike animals, and what the government can expect from its royal commission.

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Accountability needed over bungling SA child abuse case

A South Australian school and the Education Department failed to notify parents that a care worker at the school had sexually abused a child. InDaily editor David Washington asks: who is to blame?

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Royal commission: victims to speak, for as long as it takes

Some 5000 victims of child sexual abuse will speak to the royal commission, which is overdue before it even begins. But they tell Crikey they must be heard for as long as it takes.

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Accidental crusader: how a regional reporter prompted a royal commission

Joanne McCarthy’s reporting has been pivotal in creating a royal commission into child sexual abuse. She speaks to Matthew Knott about treading the tightrope between journalism and advocacy.

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Refugees, education, ASIO: what else needs a royal commission?

With a series of inquests going on at the moment, former diplomat Bruce Haigh asks if there should be inquiries into other mishandled, ignored and outstanding issues.

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Royal commission must not be an inside job

Crikey readers weigh in on the big issues of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: improved 7.30 continues rebound

Last night 7.30 used the extra hour it had to organise solid coverage of the royal commission into child abuse. That’s a story ACA and TT have all but ignored.

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Why a royal commission into Catholic child abuse is necessary

A royal commission into child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is the only mechanism that will provide full justice for victims. But politicians will be reluctant to start it.

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NSW|

Deaths in custody: sweeping changes, but coroners critical of inquiry

Serious questions about the integrity, accountability and independence of death in custody investigations are still being raised by NSW coroners, despite sweeping changes following a Royal Commission, writes Inga Ting.

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Queensland bar protests over sitting judge just sour grapes?

Appointing a sitting judge to chair Queensland’s Royal Commission on the Queensland floods could blur the separation of powers between the executive and judiciary, says an expert in public inquiry. While another legal world watcher says complaints from the Bar could be just a case of barristers “beating their own drum”.

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VIC|

Some questions for Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce Esplin

Tomorrow, Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce Esplin will face the Black Saturday Royal Commission — but is the Commission ready to ask him the tough questions? asks Tess Lawrence.

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Forest fire management: objective analysis needed

Emotive public opinion is no replacement for careful evaluation — especially given the risks and costs involved, writes Lionel Elmore.

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Brumby’s ring of fire

Victorian Premier John Brumby has been scorched by the royal comission he set up into the Black Saturday bushfires.

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Prescribed burns are prejudging the bushfire inquiry

Victoria’s bushfire Royal Commission has begun, as the state is wreathed in the smoke of 27 official fires. What gives, asks Lionel Elmore.

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Costigan: patron saint of investigative journalists

If investigative journalists in Australia ever needed a patron Saint, Francis Xavier Costigan would probably be their man, writes Mike Smith.

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The Costigan Commission was a farce

The Costigan Commission was a farce, run by a briefless barrister, determined to keep it going for as long as possible so he could enjoy the spoils and perpetuate his image as a crusader, writes a Sydney lawyer.

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Let’s just say this again: It’s time for the Opes Prime Royal Commission

There’s only one way to reveal the underbelly of the Opes Prime collapse, writes Stephen Mayne.

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If Mick Gatto is the answer, bring on the Royal Commission

As if Australia’s financial regulators weren’t damaged enough, now we’ve Mick Gatto brazenly parading for the media as an alternative debt collector for Opes Prime victims, writes Stephen Mayne.

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Lex Lasry gets nod from the ALP

What will the media do? One of their favourite legal commentators, Melbourne barrister Lex Lasry was appointed to the Victorian Supreme Court yesterday, writes Greg Barns.

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