Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


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


Does the ABCC directive on union logos breach the constitution?

February 5, 2018 11

The ABCC code is looking to ban the "logos, mottos and indicia" of unions on building sites. Does this breach our right to political communication?

New corrections policy accused of putting West Australian prisoners’ health at risk

February 1, 2018 1

Western Australia's peak medical body says a "short-term cost-cutting measure" is putting prisoners' health at risk.

Crikey’s State of the Union Bingo Card

January 31, 2018 7

Crikey apologises in advance for this incredibly depressing game of bingo.

If the rail workers can’t do it, when can we actually strike?

January 29, 2018 33

The defusing of Sydney rail-worker's threat to strike has raised once again the question of how free our right to strike really is.

The Crikey pocket guide to Australia’s fringe-dwelling far-right groups

January 25, 2018 7

Welcome to part two of Crikey's guide to the far right in Australia.

Tracking transparency: Border Force’s record on access and denial

January 23, 2018 2

We were delighted to see the intelligence operatives so keen to be open with the press about matters around asylum seekers this morning -- as we see, it has not always been the case.

Could Cronulla happen again?

January 19, 2018 6

A comparative timeline of current media coverage of so called African gangs compared to the Cronulla riots.

Why is Tennis Australia receiving millions in government grants?

January 16, 2018 7

The Australian Open makes hundreds of millions in revenue, so why has it received tens of millions in government grants?

The Crikey pocket guide to Australia’s fringe-dwelling far-right groups

January 11, 2018 6

Please "enjoy" part one of our catalogue of  the fractious, pitiful and scary parties of the far right in Australia.

John Singleton’s Oz interview is a thing to behold

January 11, 2018 10

The national broadsheet took time out on Monday to tell us what John Singleton thinks of the #metoo movement, for some reason.

Is Martin Hamilton-Smith Australian politics’ greatest ever turncoat?

January 9, 2018 11

Ever in search of greener grass: meet the man who has changed political parties more often than most people change their outfits.

Two men escape from immigration detention, Border Force keeps schtum

January 8, 2018 3

To hear Peter Dutton tell it, the real issue is "African crime gangs" in Victoria, but we hear there have been serious issues in Border Force since then -- perhaps should he stick to his knitting?

Keeping the people out of the house of the people: a history of security at Capital Hill

January 8, 2018 8

A new security eyesore at Parliament House has left many wondering, how did we get here?

Hello stranger: memory, love, and Moonlight

December 22, 2017 3

Moonlight is rich, evocative and perfectly realised -- it's the best film of the year.

The 2017 Crikeys: Arsehat of the year and Person of the year

December 22, 2017 16

It's the most anticipated awards of the year -- who will be Crikey's annointed ones?

Unique conditions of the music industry allow sexual harassment to thrive

December 19, 2017 6

As victims from the music industry come forward with their stories, Crikey asks what is it that is unique to the music scene that allows this behavior to flourish?

‘Apartheid is a very close parallel’: life under the Protection Act in Qld

December 18, 2017 4

Recently, Crikey updated our members on the status of the Queensland reparations scheme for stolen wages under the Protection Act. This second piece looks at the reality of living life as a legally determined second-class citizen.

Dasher’s social media antics put the ‘party’ in Labor Party

Dasher’s social media antics put the ‘party’ in Labor Party

December 12, 2017 2

As he (ahem) Dashes to the exit, Crikey commemorates our five favourite Sam Dastyari stunts.

What is ‘parliamentary privilege’ and can I use it to slag off my enemies?

December 12, 2017 1

How does parliamentary privilege work? Is it really an infallible get-out-of-jail-free card?

Who is the committee that could imprison Dastyari for his Chinese entanglements?

December 11, 2017 8

Senator Sam Dastyari lives appear to be running out, with more revelations and a referral to the privileges committee; is this the end for Dasher?