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Centrelink shakedown: what happens when Centrelink asks to see your transaction history?

A welfare recipient has been asked to provide 10 months of financial transactions. Is it a new front in the welfare war, or another symptom of a broken system?

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How much the government has spent trying to deport the Tamil family from Biloela

From charter flights to court fees to the massive cost of holding someone in detention, the government has spent upward of $2 million trying to deport a family of asylum seekers.

Tone-deaf and trite: Midwinter Ball misses the mark

You'll never guess the theme of the press gallery Midwinter Ball last night. Plus other tips of the week.

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US-style pharma marketing hits Australian shores

The American maker of a gynaecological surgical device is directly targeting Australian women, with a celebrity-doctor-endorsed online campaign which appears to flaunt advertising laws. 

The real cost of Afterpay

Australia is in love with the the idea of interest-free payments. But is it worth the risks?

The high price of being who you are

Transgender people have to pay thousands — even tens of thousands — of dollars in medication and specialists to live as who they really are.

Is the NSW abortion bill really the most ‘radical’ in the country?

The NSW abortion bill has been derided by opponents as "radical". How does it stand against the rest of the country?

What good can come from the Family Court inquiry?

Crikey readers on the Family Court inquiry, and the Gladys Liu saga.

Home Affairs pushes for new terror powers

Home Affairs pushes for new terror powers

Good morning, early birds. New legislation will give Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton increased powers to strip dual nationals of citizenship, and Liberal MPs threaten to jump ship following failed amendments to the NSW abortion bill. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

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US-style pharma marketing hits Australian shores

The American maker of a gynaecological surgical device is directly targeting Australian women, with a celebrity-doctor-endorsed online campaign which appears to flaunt advertising laws. 

INQ

How much the government has spent trying to deport the Tamil family from Biloela

From charter flights to court fees to the massive cost of holding someone in detention, the government has spent upward of $2 million trying to deport a family of asylum seekers.

INQ

Inside the mind of the paedophile priest

CHAPTER ONE: 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?  

INQ

Portrait of a one-newspaper town

CHAPTER TWO: Even in an era of digital and social media, the power of The West Australian has only strengthened under the direction of Kerry Stokes.

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What can a movie about Brexit tell us about Scott Morrison’s Australia?

Brexit: The Uncivil War feels like a mud map for the Coalition’s campaign against Australian Labor in May this year.

Is the Australian Tax Office shilling for the Morrison government?

A Facebook ad promoted by the Australian Taxation Office seems to be singing the government's praises.

The conservative ideologies at the helm of the Family Court inquiry

Crikey examines the motivations and missions of the two most prominent figures in this new inquiry. 


Lawyers try a Hail Mary as Biloela family faces court

Lawyers for Biloela's young Tamil family are trying to find a legal loophole that will allow them to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

Australian media has an asylum seeker problem

Traditional media has been out of step with its audience on this issue since Tampa — and the government knows it.

Dutton adds the erroneous term ‘anchor babies’ to his anti-immigration arsenal

Crikey unpacks the ugly history behind the phrase "anchor babies", and how it relates to where Australia and the US are now.

It’s about ethics in polling journalism

Australian polling is still reeling from the election, but that doesn't mean you should write off Anthony Albanese's latest Newspoll.

Features

They really said that?

Always review the full lyrics of songs.

SCOTT MORRISON

The prime minister uses his Midwinter Ball speech to laugh off his first-year gaffes ($).


 

Beam me up, Neo

This week: glitching the simulation, eternal student debt, a bad week for Indigenous Australians, and the latest in anti-groping tech.

 

We are more than statistics

The deaths of First Nations people need to be more than just a footnote in another royal commission.

The conservative ideologies at the helm of the Family Court inquiry

Crikey examines the motivations and missions of the two most prominent figures in this new inquiry. 

Canberra’s political Freaky Friday

Albanese is schmoozing the big end of town while Morrison has sent one of his advisers to lecture businesses on corporate responsibility. What is happening on Capital Hill?

What the Gladys Liu saga says about Australia’s cultural anxiety

Fraught relations with China could affect Chinese-Australians for generations to come.

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.


Australia’s other army: the government bureaucrats who spin, obscure and feed the media

Behind the scenes in Canberra, an army of taxpayer-funded media advisers pump out information that serves their parties’ agendas — and obscure information that doesn’t.

INQ

The big muzzle: how a government turns information into political propaganda

The man who once ran media for the Immigration Department says Coalition governments are increasingly imposing regimes of silence over their departments.

Is it selfish to not read the news?

We're told we have a responsibility to remain informed of the world around us. But what if the cost is too great?

A nice lie down: on news exhaustion and rehabilitation

Sick of political news after the federal election? You're not alone.

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