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William Summers — Independent researcher and blogger

William Summers

Independent researcher and blogger

William Summers is an independent researcher, journalist and communications professional based in Melbourne, Australia. His specialist areas of expertise are Freedom of Information (FOI) and MPs’ allowances. In 2017 he was a Walkley Award finalist.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP /David Crosling)

How good is our contact tracing? It would be nice to know

The contact tracing hit-rate has been terrible in the US and UK. Is it any better in Victoria and NSW?

Former minister for agriculture Bridget McKenzie, who was involved in the 'sports rorts' scandal (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Bridget McKenzie's downfall shows why political freebies need reform (as a starting point)

Politicians are getting hundreds, if not thousands, of undisclosed freebies. This is a real flaw in our democratic process.

Founder of the Hillsong Church Pastor Brian Houston. (Image: AAP/Paul Miller)

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?

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

The Liberal Party's infamous 'fake tradie' ad from 2016.

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.

Scott Morrison furiously pouring milk, type unknown. (Lukas Coch/AAP)

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.

City of Darebin Mayor Kim Le Cerf (left) and City of Yarra Mayor Amanda Stone (right). Image: Julian Smith/AAP

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

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

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

Barnaby vs Barnaby. The former Nations leader, should listen to his 2008 self.

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.

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