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Public servants ignoring the public interest in freedom of information

Public servants ignoring the public interest in freedom of information

January 17, 2018 10

Bureaucratic efforts to undermine Freedom of Information laws by insisting it prevents "frank and fearless advice" hurts democracy and further estranges the governing class from he electorate.

Latest changes to detention centre protocols provoke hunger strikes, heartache

Latest changes to detention centre protocols provoke hunger strikes, heartache

January 17, 2018 7

New restrictions on visitation to Australian detention centres seem needlessly cruel. Rebekah Holt investigates the results of such measures and asks why they're deemed necessary in the first place.

What Babe’s Aziz Ansari story means for the credibility of sexual assault reporting

What Babe’s Aziz Ansari story means for the credibility of sexual assault reporting

January 17, 2018 31

The story of Aziz Ansari and "Grace", as published on Babe, has done a disservice to both its source and sexual harassment reporting in general.

It ain’t easy (or ethical) being green in Lancaster, California

It ain’t easy (or ethical) being green in Lancaster, California

January 17, 2018 3

Lancaster, California, has set the benchmark for aggressive, business-focused, non-partisan emissions reduction. But not everyone is happy with the conservative Mayor's questionable methods of achieving it.

Yale Diaries: the role of historians in Trump’s America

Yale Diaries: the role of historians in Trump’s America

January 17, 2018 1

Among the crises present the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, the question of historians' responsibility to explain -- and answer for -- the Trump presidency was a prominent one, writes Yale correspondent Emma Shortis

Why is Tennis Australia receiving millions in government grants?

Why is Tennis Australia receiving millions in government grants?

January 16, 2018 6

The Australian Open makes hundreds of millions in revenue, so why has it received tens of millions in government grants?

Channel Seven’s Summer of Nazis raises national security fears

Channel Seven’s Summer of Nazis raises national security fears

January 16, 2018 22

The Seven Network giving airtime to far-right extremists makes the job of security agencies more difficult, at a time of a growing threat from neo-Nazi groups.

What does it take to turn a city green?

What does it take to turn a city green?

January 16, 2018 2

The Republican mayor of Lancaster, California, is showing that it’s possible for a city to thrive amid the Green revolution, even if it takes some light fascism.

Rundle: those Libs in a tizzy about China giving aid are gobsmackingly hypocritical

Rundle: those Libs in a tizzy about China giving aid are gobsmackingly hypocritical

January 16, 2018 45

So the government is worried about China giving out "useless" aid to developing nations. Well, at least China doesn’t bomb countries to rubble before handing out the money.

Poll Bludger: a bumper year ahead for elections

Poll Bludger: a bumper year ahead for elections

January 16, 2018 1

With state elections in Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria, 2018 is shaping up to be a wild ride for poll watchers.