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INTRODUCTION

The federal government has stacked the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, one of its biggest independent quasi-judicial bodies, with 65 former Liberal staffers, ministers, candidates and donors over the past six years.

In this series Inq reveals that the Coalition has replaced 70% of the 333 AAT members with its own appointments — a turnover that has decimated the ranks of the members and senior members who deal with the bulk of the tribunal’s daily caseload.

Anatomy of a scandal: how the government stacks the AAT with its political cronies

CHAPTER ONE: Over the past six years, dozens of people with ties to the Liberal Party have gotten plum gigs at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, despite many of them having no formal legal qualifications.

Anatomy of a scandal: how the government stacks the AAT with its political cronies

CHAPTER ONE: Over the past six years, dozens of people with ties to the Liberal Party have gotten plum gigs at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, despite many of them having no formal legal qualifications.

The attorney-general, transparency and the AAT

CHAPTER TWO: The attorney-general commissioned a review into the AAT, failed to disclose a key relationship and then shelved the findings for seven months while appointing more Liberal-linked members.

A who’s who in the AAT zoo

CHAPTER THREE: The federal government has appointed 64 members and senior members to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal over the past six years who have some kind of connection and or worked for the coalition, some of them with no legal qualifications.

The opinionated former flight attendant with the power to judge

CHAPTER FOUR: Michael Cooke is an ardent Tony Abbott supporter who has called children protesting climate change 'political pawns' in a 'climate alarmist cult'. He's also a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Michael Cooke’s versatile world: from political neutrality to Liberal lobbyist, and back again

CHAPTER FIVE: Within the senior ranks of a tribunal that oversees appeals against government bodies, is a former lobbyist.

Meet the Liberal mates network that sits atop the AAT

CHAPTER SIX: One's a former Western Australian state Liberal minister. The other was president of the Australian Liberal Students Federation. Both scored high-paying jobs on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

You’re out! How a government tamed the AAT

CHAPTER SEVEN: Members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal are steadily losing their jobs and being replaced with people less qualified.

The road from political backrooms to the people’s court

CHAPTER EIGHT: A job at the top of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal is, by definition, apolitical. So why are so many gigs going to former Coalition politicians and staffers?

How Liberal staffers, candidates and MPs arrived at the AAT

CHAPTER NINE: With their mates at the top of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Liberal government was able to fill the ranks with former staffers, party faithfuls and failed candidates.

How Tony Abbott made sure the AAT would never come under scrutiny

CHAPTER TEN: Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal were once subject to review via a separate council... until the Abbott government gutted it.

Why did the government declare war on the AAT? To uphold ‘community standards’

CHAPTER ELEVEN: The government justifies its reshaping of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by claiming it brings it into line with 'community standards'. For some seeking the tribunal's judgement, the changes could mean life or death.