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When non-verbal means voiceless: the silent wall that greeted an injured man

Anndrea Wheatley turned to the police and NDIS watchdog to find out what happened after her disabled son was injured — only to find each organisation more toothless than the last.

Georgi Hadden in about 2005 (Image: Supplied)

Georgi Hadden used to protect us. When she needed it, we didn’t protect her

The former police officer's allegations of neglect and potential abuse were dismissed by the NDIS watchdog.

Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

‘People are bursting into tears’: inside the troubled NDIS watchdog

Staff at the NDIS Quality and Safeguards are overwhelmed with an 'untenable' workload.

Georgi Hadden (left) and James Wheatley, who were injured while in the care of NDIS providers (Image: Supplied)

Overwhelmed disability watchdog routinely dismisses abuse and neglect

The NDIS regulatory body is overwhelmed and ineffective, with thousands of complaints going ignored.

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Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/AP/Rick Rycroft)

Rising tensions with China stoke conflict fears, business risks and a need for new markets

If it comes to a trade war China holds all the aces — Australian industry and government have been shockingly slow to secure essential resources.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Defence spending keeps Canberra and US in step, with or without Trump

Foreign Minister Marise Payne wouldn't be drawn by her US counterpart on China, but Australia is still very much in step with the Americans when it comes to military spending. Just ask our former defence ministers.

Scott Morrison at the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The humanitarian hole: China steps up to fill Australia’s foreign aid shortfall

Australia usually prides itself on its aid in the Pacific. But the pandemic has put everything on pause.

A coronavirus testing facility in Depok, Indonesia (Image: EPA/Adi Weda)

The humanitarian hole: Australia’s foreign aid cuts see disease increase abroad 

Australia's aid budget has been declining for years. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has left our Pacific neighbours' health systems in danger of collapse, and the fallout could be massive.

Governor-General David Hurley (Image: AAP/Tracey Nearmy)

Why are women under-represented in the Order of Australia awards?

An Order of Australia award is a career accelerant for many recipients. So why are so few women given the opportunity?

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Why is the Order of Australia ignoring Indigenous Australians?

The Council of the Order of Australia is meant to reflect the makeup of Australian culture. So why has it been years since there's been any Indigenous representation?