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Inside the debt-collecting machine that’s chasing billions from people on government benefits

The debt collection industry is netting millions of dollars' worth of government contracts — yet, there appears to be little accountability for their behaviour in chasing robo-debts.

The debt that wasn’t: one woman’s story

For 12 months, Elisha Mathews was pursued by a private collection agency over an alleged $800 debt she did not owe.

China Matters, especially for big business

Sections of Australian business would like there to be less criticism of China and more "nuance" and "soundness" in debate. But their latest attempt to tamp down criticism blew up, thanks to Beijing.

Climate polls suggest most Australians are ‘raving inner-city elites’

The Coalition would like us to believe that climate change is only a concern for a hysterical group of fringe-dwellers. But polling data says otherwise.

The Fascists Among Us: how right wing ideology evolves in plain sight

The Christchurch gunman emerged from a fascist subculture in which he’d previously been a minor and anonymous figure. The next killer will be the same.

Will Wikipedia’s new social media project crash and burn?

With WT:Social, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales joins a long list of entrepreneurs looking to build an 'ethical' alternative to the social media giants.

Chinese army presence suggests a grim resolution for Hong Kong

The People's Liberation Army are yet to move on Hong Kong, but their appearance in the city presents an alarming outcome for protesters and journalists currently targeted by authorities.

The government bill that could end workplace strikes as we know them

The government's desire to stifle union dissent is once again on full display.

Frydenberg's solution to an age-old problem

Frydenberg’s solution to an age-old problem

Good morning, early birds. Josh Frydenberg wants to ensure senior Australians are upskilled and employed in an effort to boost the economy, and in Hong Kong, police say protesters have no option but to surrender. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

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The debt that wasn’t: one woman’s story

For 12 months, Elisha Mathews was pursued by a private collection agency over an alleged $800 debt she did not owe.

Inside the debt-collecting machine that’s chasing billions from people on government benefits

The debt collection industry is netting millions of dollars' worth of government contracts — yet, there appears to be little accountability for their behaviour in chasing robo-debts.

Why did the government declare war on the AAT? To uphold ‘community standards’

CHAPTER ELEVEN: The government justifies its reshaping of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by claiming it brings it into line with 'community standards'. For some seeking the tribunal's judgement, the changes could mean life or death.

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?  

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Running the numbers on the NSW fire service budget cuts

The head of the NSW Rural Fire Service has taken issue with some inconvenient truths aired by Crikey. Let's step through the data.

New Zealand defies Australia, saves journalist from offshore detention

Award-winning journalist Behrouz Boochani has been given a reprieve, albeit perhaps briefly, in New Zealand. It's a move that will strain trans-Tasman relations.

If now isn’t the ‘right time’ to ‘talk about’ climate change, when on earth is?

Despite what politicians say, now is precisely the time to talk about the link between bushfires, drought and climate change. Anything less is recklessness and corruption that kills Australians.


Climate denialism is bought and paid for by a rotten political system

The persistence of climate denialism in Australian politics reflects the wealth of mining and energy companies prepared to use a deeply flawed political system to wield power.

How are politicians trying to spin the climate crisis?

Crikey looks at the politicians attempting to spin or finger-point their way out of the climate crisis.

Running the numbers on the NSW fire service budget cuts

The head of the NSW Rural Fire Service has taken issue with some inconvenient truths aired by Crikey. Let's step through the data.

This will change us

These catastrophic bushfires can create the new rural politics we need.

Features

They really said that?

From my point of view, the politics was something I had to do in order to get into a position to deliver on the policy outcomes and on the good government, but for some people it is an end in itself.

MALCOLM TURNBULL

The former prime minister separates himself from those who enjoy the “politics of politics” ($).


 

Lessons from the Berlin Wall

This week in Side View: the Berlin wall falls again, smoking ≠ freedom, class warfare is better than generational warfare, and do you need another reason to boycott Uber?

 

Is Facebook really committed to combating fake news?

Facebook says it's taking the war on fake news seriously... but that it shouldn't be expected to.

‘Repent and redress’: Chinese re-education comes to Australia

A Chinese government statement on Andrew Hastie and James Paterson echoed the language of its re-education programs in Xinjiang. And it's not a coincidence.

PM defied his own expert panel during apology speech to child sex abuse survivors

Scott Morrison's use of the term "ritual sex abuse" — a term associated with the extremist QAnon conspiracy movement — appears to run counter to advice given to him by survivors and government-appointed experts.

New Zealand defies Australia, saves journalist from offshore detention

Award-winning journalist Behrouz Boochani has been given a reprieve, albeit perhaps briefly, in New Zealand. It's a move that will strain trans-Tasman relations.

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.


How Quadrant continues to defend a convicted paedophile

The journal has been as dogged in its defence of Pell as it has been in its attacks on the legal system that saw him convicted.

Storm clouds ahead for legacy media as ad revenues tumble

Recent results from Australia's major legacy media companies show that the future won't be pretty unless ad revenues can be turned around.

Naming sexual assault survivors? The ABC’s been there before.

Aunty is under fire for identifying sexual assault survivors without their consent. And it's not the first time it's happened.

ABC’s Olympics snub is a sign of things to come

With a biting budget and disappearing audience, it's not surprising that the ABC chose to discard radio broadcasting the Olympics.

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