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Home Affairs thrashes about in the quicksand of Paladin

Despite bureaucrats' attempts to justify the appointment of the mysterious Paladin company to provide offshore processing services, plenty of questions remain about the scandal.


Corbyn’s Labour facing trouble on all fronts after seven MPs defect

The breakaway "Independent Group" of Labor MPs have joined the crossbench to protest Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit stance. But apart from some lofty words, do they stand for anything?

Dog days for Australian kids’ television

Bluey is now the most popular show in ABC iView history. So why do industry insiders say children’s content creators are fighting over the scraps?

Hackers’ attack on ‘democracy’ spotlights the government’s contempt for privacy

Politicians can't keep their own data secure — and certainly not that of voters. Don't listen when they tell you to hand over your personal data because "it's safe".

A pledge to not sledge: on Brian Burston and the sticky issue of non-disparagement agreements

The physical fighting and public sledging last week really overshadowed the more subtle legal problems in this Burston mess.

Expanding calls for ‘digital gangster’ Facebook to be regulated

Attempts to regulate Facebook are growing around the world, and are getting bolder in their demands.

You might not believe it, but Australia is safer now than a decade ago

Some parts of the media — and certain politicians — are happy to give the impression Australia is quickly spinning out of control.

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In Denial

From climate change denialists to anti-vaxxers, Australia has its fair share of those who reject scientific consensus (and common wisdom).


Australia needs a royal commission on the pokies 

In the aftermath of the banking royal commission, should we have a royal commission into Australia’s $24 billion-a-year gambling industry?


How would Hayne’s disciplinary body actually work?

Yes this would be a huge step forward, but the devil is in the detail (or the lack thereof).


Morrison would be smart to get cracking on Hayne’s recommendations

Rather than hiding from parliament, there is political advantage in Scott Morrison bringing on extra sittings and going hard, early on Kenneth Hayne's royal commission recommendations.

What Hayne should have done

Kenneth Hayne failed to tackle the structural flaws of the financial industry in his royal commission recommendations. This is what he should have suggested.

A draft apology for the Liberal Party’s colossal banking fuck-up

The Liberals are having trouble saying sorry about the banking royal commission. We're happy to help out.

FYI & Side View
Get to the PowerPoint

Get to the PowerPoint

Welcome to For Your Information. Today, Helen's presentation about PowerPoint.

Digital dystopia

Digital dystopia

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: anarcho-capitalists bring a copy of Ayn Rand to a gunfight, the European fight over energy and the future of music — compulsory Marshmello.

What is the ABC for?

Crikey tries to unravel and distill some of the crucial questions we think the ABC should be asking itself in this post-Guthrie/Milne era.


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Scott Morrison’s blatant and bungled lie

Scott Morrison's Trump-like lie about financial services yesterday suggests he has no interest in facts at all.

Against hope: the global environmental catastrophe has already occurred

We have already reached catastrophic system collapse. Recognising that is the first step to fighting it.


Holy Wars

How The Australian targets and attacks its enemies


Border Force’s forgotten email led to Hakeem al-Araibi arrest

Border Force has apologised for the case of "human error" which lead to refugee Hakeem al-Araibi being detained in Thailand, and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says he had "no idea" a travel company paid for his holiday flights after winning tender from the federal government. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Michaelia Cash: a portrait of a politician under oath

While giving testimony on 2017's AWU raid scandal, Cash seemed to have one brief: 'don't give them a headline'.


Home Affairs lets Paladin self-report on whether it is meeting its obligations

Home Affairs has failed to learn the lesson of previous contract debacles by letting controversial detention firm Paladin self-report with little risk of audit.


Cash, Keenan, the DPP face serious questions over the AWU scandal

Two ministers refused to properly cooperate with an Australian Federal Police investigation, with indications that evidence was destroyed in the case. Where's the media outrage?

‘How good is mining?’: Scott Morrison’s fawning address to the Minerals Council

Scott Morrison's adulation for mining bordered on melodrama last week. Of course, it's not exactly out of character.

No, this isn’t Morrison’s ‘Tampa moment’

It's going to take a lot more than the goings-on of the "Canberra bubble" to transform the medivac loss to the Coalition's advantage come election time.

Prying Eyes

How personal surveillance invades our lives 24/7


Advertising is facing a historic shift; can Australian media keep up?

It's time to find new ways for advertising to support the discovery of independent news.


‘The government can’t arrest them all’: a look at journalism under Duterte

Crikey speaks to veteran Filipino journalist and activist Inday Espina-Varona about Maria Ressa, Rappler, and the increasing dangers of reporting the news.


Is there a future for arts journalism?

As column space shrinks, art journals close and writer fees go down, many are wondering what we will lose if arts journalism disappears.

The PR firms running Tasmanian community newspapers

A small Tasmanian community newspaper is relaunching after News Corp sold it to a public relations agency last year, and it's not a unique case.

Why are subscriber print outlets embracing free podcasts?

Podcasts aren't easy or cheap to make, but they are free to listen to. Why are so many subscriber-focused outlets jumping on board?

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