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From sovereign citizens to QAnon: private messaging apps attract mixed bag of lockdown protesters

Anti-lockdown protest organisers have started using encrypted apps such as Telegram to spread the word. We took a peek inside.

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As farms run out of fruit and veg pickers, soaring prices and shortages loom

Migrant workers are the backbone of the industry but the pandemic has put paid to them coming into the country.

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

Is the public being served? Auditor reveals a grim picture of widespread bureaucratic failure

When put together, the ANAO's last five years of audits reveal massive failures across the public service.

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Things may be Orwellian, but not in the way the right believes

The right should be careful about who they invoke: Orwell would have zero compunction about putting one or two COVID denialists up against a wall in certain circumstances.

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Decoding the government’s energy-speak. Does the blather ring true?

The PM's messaging is very carefully cobbled together, but experts say it comes dangerously close to misinformation.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

What ScoMo means by 'transition': a quick guide to climate change spin

The prime minister's words promoting fossil fuels are loaded with meaning — they just don't mean what they say.

Farmers protest the construction of the inland rail route from Melbourne to Brisbane in February 2020 (Image: AAP/Dan Peled)

Infrastructure or infra dig? It's time to get politicians out of building

Infrastructure spending decisions are too important to be left to politicians. We need the infrastructure equivalent of an independent central bank.

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Why did taxpayers buy land for 10 times what it was worth from a Coalition donor?

An ANAO report has found Infrastructure Department officials were misleading and unethical when buying land that resulted in a 1000% windfall for a Coalition donor.

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Australian universities tread softly, softly to catch and keep Chinese students

There are real and well-documented concerns about self-censorship in unis at a whole range of levels.

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The Mable model brings free market thinking to aged care — just in time for COVID

This controversial app risks putting the vulnerable in charge of the vulnerable. So why isn't News Corp writing about it?

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