George Pell's verdict will stand or fall this week on the question of reasonable doubt. But what exactly does that mean in this case?
Australia’s economic bullying still soars above rising Pacific sea levels
Australia's history in the Pacific is about imperialist exploitation. Now the government has baldly stated that our economic interests come ahead even of the existence of Pacific island states.
How Aussie kids’ TV is leading the world in kindness
Diversity, representation and 'Australianness' were all once considered too risky in kids' TV. In 2019, the exact opposite is true.
No better illustration of a ‘Canberra bubble’ than Newspoll silliness
Australian polls aren't just unreliable — the majority of voters pay little attention to politics, so claims that sentiment shifts from week to week are impossible to prove.
How News Corp Australia sets up the US debate — and vice-versa
When you decry the "Americanisation" of Australian political discourse, remember who inspires Fox News' talking points in the first place.
Are more than 90% of Newstart recipients receiving other benefits?
Josh Frydenberg has said '[over 90% of] people who receive Newstart also receive other payments like the parenting payment, or rental assistance'. This claim is not the full story.
Good morning, early birds. The Catholic Church and other religious groups are calling for protections in proposed religious freedom laws, and Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt is criticised for ignoring the need for a voice to parliament. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
How you become Australia’s most powerful bureaucrat
What drives Mike Pezzullo — and how has he earned the title of Australia’s most powerful public servant?
Inside the mind of the paedophile priest
Almost 1900 child sexual abusers have been identified in Australian Catholic churches. The average victim was under 12. What led people to commit such horrible crimes on such a staggering scale?
The great polling failure: why the ‘unloseable election’ was always lost
Every major pollster in the country backed the wrong horse at the election. Why did they all get it so wrong, and how do we know if we can trust them again?
Australia cuts mention of climate crisis, coal from Pacific forum declaration
Good morning, early birds. The Australian government has worked to neuter a Pacific Islands Forum declaration on climate crisis responsibility, and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg spruiks Australia's economic credentials ahead of recession fears. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
Don't be surprised that the Attorney-General's Department is threatening media outlets; its loathing for media freedom goes back a long way.
Australia’s shame: Witness K punished for his service, while the guilty go free
After years of relentless pressure, Witness K has pleaded guilty to revealing information about ASIS' criminal conduct in Timor Leste. It is a shameful reward for a man who diligently served his country.
It is a national disgrace to see Witness K treated like this
From Witness K's lawyer: 'Let us be under no misapprehension. Mighty forces are at play here to hide dirty political linen.'
How Australia trashed its legacy in Timor-Leste
It's almost 20 years since Australia led peacekeepers into the country but our true relationship is one threaded with manipulation, deception, bullying and greed.
In rugby, my coach used to describe it as the bacon and eggs principle. The chicken is involved, but the pig is committed to the task.SCOTT MORRISON
The Prime Minister reminds public servants that ministers have more skin in the game than bureaucrats.
Are opponents of NSW abortion decriminalisation trying to derail the bill with an amendment banning gender selective abortions? Crikey looks at the facts.
Fear of a burning planet: the semantics of climate change
As Scott Morrison showed in Tuvalu this week, language has always been central to the politics of climate change.
Frydenberg’s choice: ego or stimulus?
When Wayne Swan had to choose between pride and supporting the economy, he opted for the latter. Now Josh Frydenberg faces a similar choice.
Mental health, ‘Allahu akbar’ and the challenge of the lone-wolf killer
Debate continues to rage over whether coverage of the Sydney knife attack was demonising both minorities and people with a mental illness.
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.
Innocent or guilty? The culture wars often drag children up in waves of confusing messaging from the News Corp commentariat.
Racism is more than hatred. It’s emotional abuse.
People of colour, even famous and successful ones like Ben Simmons, are expected to keep their heads down — to serve, to soothe, to entertain. When they don’t, the backlash is so swift and so vicious it can be dizzying.
Will journalists soon need to get government approval for reporting leaks?
Under a scheme floated by government MPs, journalists would have to allow the government to censor their work if they were to avoid being raided and prosecuted for leaked material.