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Charlie Lewis — Reporter

Charlie Lewis

Reporter

Charlie writes chiefly about industrial relations, politics, culture and social services. Prior to Crikey he worked in various roles across government and unions and was a researcher for RN's the Daily Planet. He hosted the Alternative History on Triple R radio, and is a regular guest and occasional host on Breakfasters. He spent the 2019 election in Warringah, covering the fight for Tony Abbott''s seat.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds with a model of the Barracuda-class submarine. (Image: AAP/David Mariuz)

What else can you get for 60 billion bucks?

For a start, Newstart and the youth allowance could be upped by $95 a week for 15 years. But wait! There's more!

ABC managing director David Anderson. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The ABC's ongoing booze, pay problems... and be careful of the mushies

'Explosive letter' from Peter Woolcott, and Michael McCormack's ears are probably burning. Plus other rumblings from the Crikey grapevine.

Fair Work Australia general manager Bernadette O'Neill. (Image: AAP/Alan Porritt)

Fair Work Commission working hard to manage increased complaints

The COVID-19 crisis has led to an increase in unfair dismissal cases for the Fair Work Commission. Plus other coronavirus news.

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The media's 'pro-vax' reporting risks inflating hopes — and share values

With the media — and the world — desperate for news of a vaccine, are we forgetting to ask crucial questions?

Ray Martin in the ABC's At Home Alone Together (Image: iView)

A senator turns TV critic, nature isn't healing, and COVIDSafe lovers time out.

You'll never guess which broadcaster a Liberal senator comes out swinging against, and where have all the app-spruikers gone? Plus other tips from the Crikey bunker.

Richard Beasley, SC. (Image: AAP/James Elsby)

Having a great pandemic, an SC tweets, and bunfight at the Oz

It's tough economic times (for some) and the Oz bites its own tail. Plus other tips and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.

National cabinet meeting. (Image: AAP/Alex Ellinghausen)

A national cabinet by another name. Er, let's call it COAG

Is the 'national cabinet' really a remarkable innovation? Plus more tips and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.

Tony Abbott and Andrew Hastie. (Image: AAP/Bohdan Warchomij)

The incredible loneliness of being a former prime minister...

What have former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd been up to?

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Booze-busting ABC needs a shot of rigour and tonic

The ABC may be in need of a stiff drink, BuzzFeed News Australia says goodbye and QAnon sneaks back from the shadows. Plus other rumblings from the Crikey grapevine.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Keep coughing, Josh, it might be a gold watch (and other tales for our troubled times)

Josh Frydenberg coughs up a imperfectly-timed lung, Victoria brings back duck hunting and rumours swirl around Alan Jones' departure.