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William Summers — Independent researcher and blogger

William Summers

Independent researcher and blogger

Brian Houston cover-up smacks of government secrecy and deception

Brian Houston cover-up smacks of government secrecy and deception

Ministers and officials know that in Australia’s toothless system there are no real consequences for departments that flout their own FOI laws.

How much does it cost to remove a managing director of the ABC?

How much does it cost to remove a managing director of the ABC?

Sacking ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie was never going to be cheap. But new documents reveal what the the lawyers alone cost.

Debate over taxpayer-funded political ads masks a bigger problem

Debate over taxpayer-funded political ads masks a bigger problem

The government has quietly removed the ban on MPs and senators using office budgets to pay for TV and radio ads. Let's be clear: this is not the norm.

A very serious investigation into Coalition coffee orders 

A very serious investigation into Coalition coffee orders 

Scott Morrison is waging a war on the "almond latte set", but have they already infiltrated his ranks? We investigate the government-endorsed way to drink coffee.

One year later, was the Australia Day citizenship ceremony fiasco worth it?

One year later, was the Australia Day citizenship ceremony fiasco worth it?

In 2017, the government stripped two Melbourne councils of their ability to conduct citizenship ceremonies. One year on, what has it meant for new Australians affected?

Retiring MPs spent over $800,000 on leaflets before standing down

Retiring MPs spent over $800,000 on leaflets before standing down

Outgoing MPs dropped hundreds of thousands of dollars on goodbye mail promoting new candidates in 2016, a Crikey investigation has discovered.

The bizarre reason Parliament House won’t tell us who has a security pass

The bizarre reason Parliament House won’t tell us who has a security pass

Parliament House says releasing its list of lobbyist organisations would constitute contempt of parliament. Translation: lobbyists will only lobby in secret.

Barnaby Joyce is right: political nepotism stinks

Barnaby Joyce is right: political nepotism stinks

Barnaby Joyce should take some advice from his younger self and recognise the already potent threat of nepotism in an environment where parliamentarians are already too ready to rort the system.

Why is the government withholding letters Abbott and Turnbull sent to the Queen?

Why is the government withholding letters Abbott and Turnbull sent to the Queen?

Like it or not, the Queen is our head of state. The public has a right to know what our leaders are discussing with her.

Want to avoid scandals? Reform your damn MP entitlements schemes.

Want to avoid scandals? Reform your damn MP entitlements schemes.

The Victorian government is moving to reform transparency surrounding MP allowances in an effort to stave off any more embarrassing scandals. But is it just a de-fanged rehash of federal rules?