Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


Charlie writes chiefly about industrial relations, politics, culture and social services.


So you’ve been accused of war crimes. What’s next?

June 22, 2018 5

Crikey takes a look at the legal processes special forces soldiers would face when being investigated for war crimes in the line of duty.

How to survive the World Cup if you know nothing about the world game

June 21, 2018 3

Prefer your footballs oval shaped? Couldn't pick Cristiano Ronaldo out of a line-up of one? Here are five things you can say to get you through the next month.

Why are Macedonia and Greece brawling over a name?

June 19, 2018 3

What is the agreement between Macedonia and Greece that has brought thousands of their citizens to the streets in protest? Crikey looks at the nationalist movements and historical ambiguities at the heart of the issue.

Is the Christmas Island detention centre going to stay open?

June 15, 2018 4

The planned closure of the Christmas Island detention center is looking in doubt after reports that Peter Dutton "changed his mind". What exactly is happening on the island?

The art of the political interview: tips for news players

June 14, 2018 4

Young journo? Newbie politician? Crikey talked to the experts for tips on how the get the best out of an interview (or at least, avoid the worst).

Is this the beginning of the end of the gig economy?

June 13, 2018 8

Well, not exactly. But depending on what the Fair Work Ombudsman says about Foodora's contracting arrangements, it could force legislators to start thinking critically about the future of employment.

The Menzies and Mings: another guide to Australia’s (many) political dynasties

June 4, 2018 5

It's like Game of Thrones with only slightly less backstabbing. We continue our look into Australian political families.

In memoriam: One Nation senate team 2016-2018

June 1, 2018 4

As Senator Brian Burston shuffles inexorably toward the exit, we look back at the One Nation senators we've loved and lost in the past 23 months.

All in the family: there really are loads of Australian political dynasties

May 31, 2018 4

Thought we were finished? Crikey's adventure into Australian political dynasties continues.

Meet the man at the heart of the latest Chinese influence scandal

May 31, 2018 6

Crikey takes a quick look at John Garnaut — the man Bob Carr describes as one of ''the leaders of the recent anti-China panic in the Australian media".

The art of the political interview: how to survive a bollocking from Barrie Cassidy

May 29, 2018 3

Wayne Swan, Nick Minchin and Anne Aly discuss courage under (journalistic) fire, and the dreaded He Who Shall Not Be Named (SPOILER: it's Laurie Oakes).

Is Victoria’s new jail time for bad bosses just a meaningless gesture?

May 28, 2018 8

Victorian Labor has grabbed headlines by threatening to send dodgy bosses to jail, but it might not be so easy to put in action.

A(nother) guide to Australia’s (many) political dynasties

May 21, 2018 4

In the aftermath of the royal wedding, Crikey returns to Australia's political mini-monarchies.

A guide to Australia’s (many) political dynasties 

May 18, 2018 11

With the preselection of Georgina Downer in the seat of Mayo, Crikey looks at whether Australia may be more prone to political dynasties than we might think.

The art of the political interview: the interrogators reveal their hand

May 17, 2018 11

How do you break down obstinate stonewalling? How do you catch an evasive pollie? Find out, in part one of our brand-new mini-series.

EXCLUSIVE: the eternal glorious light of Pauline Hanson

May 14, 2018 7

This story is so exclusively exclusive it's going to make the front page of the Oz look like a middle school newsletter.

What’s the difference between Australian states’ sexual consent laws?

May 10, 2018

Not all our states and territories define consent in the same way.

The one major point of difference between the Liberals and the Business Council

May 8, 2018 2

The Business Council of Australia are in accord with the conservatives on many topics -- the recently flurry of cringy interviews with conservative politicians about Newstart reminds us of a major difference. 

Only clowns in the Mirabella circus

May 3, 2018 18

Former MP Sophie Mirabella may well be pleased that her defamation case against The Benalla Ensign has paid off, but no one has come out looking good.

Cathy McGowan: a portrait of a politician under oath

May 2, 2018 10

Cathy McGowan bobbed and weaved her way through several hours of grilling in the Sophie Mirabella defamation case yesterday.