Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


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


The top five worst scandals revealed by the royal commission (so far)

April 23, 2018 28

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of banking scandals, and don't know where to start, here's a rundown of some of the worst.

The only band that matters isn’t a band anymore

April 20, 2018 8

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer win seemed surprising to many. But, when you think about the state of popular music, it makes total sense.

What’s to stop Turnbull sending us to war?

April 17, 2018 6

If you're worried about the flaws in the system that stops Donald Trump launching a war, we've got bad news about Australia.

What’s stopping Trump from declaring war?

April 12, 2018 7

Overnight, the president tweeted that Russia should "get ready" for "nice new 'smart'" missiles. Just what stands between Trump and all out war?

Just what does it take to end a US presidency?

April 11, 2018 10

People who think every new Trump scandal will be the one to end him may be in for some bad news.

Meet the ACCS: the conflict resolution agency with plenty of complaints of its own

April 10, 2018 1

After a series of executive measures that staff say are killing moral, the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service seems more like "a forgotten border town where the rules are negotiable, except that it is located at Spring St," according to one tipster.

A primer on the economic relationship between Australia and Nauru

April 6, 2018 2

A quick glance at Nauru's education, health, defence and broader budgets gives some interesting background to why this small country seems so co-operative.

WA courts ‘entirely at odds with what the law requires’ in Elijah Doughty case

March 27, 2018 4

Representatives for the family of Elijah Doughty say the are being denied access to documents from the trial of his killer, and as such, their access to open justice.

A short history of Pauline Hanson selling out her base

March 23, 2018 17

It's not just this week's backflip on tax cuts. Pauline Hanson's voting record does not speak highly of her commitment to battlers.

‘Progressives need to have a hard look at themselves’: Sally Potter

March 23, 2018 1

While its timing may have been purely providential, The Party is the perfect film for the modern political landscape.

The curious question of Kimberly Kitching

March 22, 2018 8

The senator, who has seen a rapid advancement up the ranks of Labor, brought an approach to questioning a Senate reference committee that left Defence representatives scratching their heads.

If the US data gathering stories worried you, we have some bad news …

March 19, 2018 5

News of Cambridge Analytica, the data collection tool that influenced Brexit and the US election, is incredibly alarming, but is it all that different from what Australian political parties have been doing for years?

Tillerson is gone, and torture is in? A cheat sheet to Trump’s new appointments

March 14, 2018 4

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is gone. His replacement — and in turn, their replacement — should worry you.

Replacing the entire media with these geniuses sounds like a great idea

March 13, 2018 4

Listen. Engage. Make very little sense to the average person.

Why is the National Disability Insurance Agency singling out the University of Sydney?

March 12, 2018 2

The National Disability Insurance Agency has kept mum about the reams of coverage it has received; why then, is it dedicating an entire page to taking down a University of Sydney report?

The Oz v the Greens: who’s right, and who’s a great big hopping idiot in the great kangaroo cull debate?

March 7, 2018 12

A culture-war-free explainer on culling kangaroos, and Lee Rhiannon.

Bill Shorten’s tactical flip-flopping on Adani

March 6, 2018 19

Don't worry, Bill Shorten is happy to think whatever you think when it comes to Adani.

The truth of how, and why, our aid system keeps poor countries poor

March 2, 2018 9

Crikey speaks with filmmaker and author Antony Loewenstein about how international aid has been failing countries in crisis for decades -- often intentionally.

The ABC didn’t always treat its reporters like this

February 28, 2018 6

Not so long ago, the ABC would defend controversial reportage by its reporters.

The many forces trying to ‘tear up’ our workplace laws

February 27, 2018 6

To read the news today, you'd think one organisation was gunning for IR change. The truth is more complicated.