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How to get your hands on government millions: tell the minister I sent you

Liberal Party connections played a key role in the fast-tracked $4 million grant made by Scott Morrison to the Pentecostal-linked Esther Foundation, now the subject of an inquiry.

The legal playing field has tilted sharply against Bernard Collaery

The latest ruling in the trial of the former ACT attorney-general effectively liberates Australia’s intelligence agencies from judicial oversight.

Labor’s Facebook spend is far bigger than the Coalition’s — and it’s going negative

The ALP has spent 45% more than the government during the campaign trying to rectify a social media disadvantage in the 2019 election.

Surprise, surprise! The gas industry lied about tax revenue

A report has found that big claims of tax benefits from fossil fuel projects from a decade ago don’t stack up. And that’s bad news for taxpayers.

Poll winner must tackle ‘aggressive’ China

The China relationship will be a challenge for whichever party wins the election on Saturday, two former foreign ministers have told oil and gas leaders.

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Off the coast of Yemen, a timebomb bigger than the Exxon Valdez is primed to explode

A derelict tanker holding more than 1 million barrels of crude oil sits in the Red Sea, teetering on collapse.

Father, son and ghost of Duterte in the Philippines as Marcos Jr poised to take reins

The son of the disgraced and exiled former president is set to assume the presidency after the brutal regime of Rodrigo Duterte ends on June 30.

Trapped: Australia’s economy is hostage to the housing market, and neither party is willing to save us

The politics of Morrison’s super-for-homes announcement is obvious and desperate. But what of the economics of this ongoing obsession with the housing market?

Crypto crash a sign of these inflationary times

The reasons behind the cryptocurrency ‘bloodbath’ show how the world is likely to be affected by higher inflation and interest rates.

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Electioncast: How much are the parties paying Facebook to win your vote?

Major and minor parties are using Facebook, Google and other social media companies to try and reach undecided voters.

Electioncast: How has Scott Morrison dudded young Australians?

Letting first-home buyers dip into their super is just the latest example of how Scott Morrison’s policies have put young Australians last.

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Wanted: an MP who can deliver a good life without trashing the planet

Permaculturist and mother-of-four Delldint Fleming typically votes Greens, but this time it will be the quality of the candidate, not party politics, that will win her support.

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‘Appalling disregard’: Australia’s offshore processing slammed after leaked emails show Nauru police mocking suicide, self-harm threats

The emails show how refugees and asylum seekers are still harming themselves, even as police officers made jokes about their plight.

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Hate on the media, sure — but leave the journalists alone

Some members of the press have dropped the ball this election. But many election-setting issues have stemmed from important reporting and talented journalists.

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Tumbling markets may derail Elon Musk’s US$46 billion Twitter indulgence

Rising inflation and a bearish sell-off of tech stocks may threaten the Tesla CEO’s ambitious takeover of the social media platform.

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As Labor issues dominate the election campaign, Morrison struggles

If Albanese wins this election, Morrison’s inability to talk about his preferred subjects could turn out to be a key factor.

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Life in a one-paper town: how the West has been covering the election

In WA, where almost all print publications are owned by one company, a paper such as The West Australian has far-reaching influence.

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Should NDIS funding and reform be an election issue? Richard Hamon’s story leaves little doubt of the answer

Instead of the NDIS making life easier for Australians with disabilities, its stalling and haggling over funds create emotional and physical distress.

Mental health a sticking issue in marginal seats hit by fires, floods and the pandemic 

Psychological help services are a major concern for the marginal seat of Gilmore, following a cluster of suicides after the region was devastated by environmental catastrophes.

American law is now hurtling towards apartheid for women

A leaked US Supreme Court decision on abortion would make women second-class citizens.

Why did the Morrison government so badly handle the pandemic? Because it favoured party mates over public servants

The shocking and often fatal consequences of the prime minister’s mishandling of the COVID plague is mind-boggling.

Healthcare for all? Sorting the facts from the rhetoric

Australia has one of the world’s best healthcare systems, but with holes in coverage widening, that title is slipping.

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As the world burns: climate crisis turns the heat up on Labor and the Coalition

The world is sleepwalking into a catastrophe but the major parties would rather end the climate wars than seriously reduce emissions.

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Climate is being ignored, especially by the ABC — and the loudest voice is of denialists

Data from Isentia shows that climate change has so far been missing in action in the coverage of most media outlets throughout the election campaign.

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Fungi? Not so much. Why fungal infection could be the source of our next pandemic

Fungal infections are already prominent in many parts of the world. Climate change and other environmental factors are accelerating them.

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‘Now or never’: Australia’s responses to decades of damning IPCC climate reports

The latest report is the most damning yet so we’ve charted three decades of Australia’s climate policy to gauge our progress, or lack of it.

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