Christopher Pyne's role with a big four consulting firm is less important than the relentless growth of those firms within government. That's what a Senate inquiry should examine.
Defence offers a lucrative source of revenue for the big four consulting firms, and a rich tradition of former officials helping companies take advantage.
The big four consulting firms are becoming embedded in Australia's public sector, and that's a serious threat to good governance. The Greens propose to make a start in reining them in, but more is required.
The Big Four accounting firms have emerged as our dominant political donors at a time when we need to regulate them most.
The Saudi regime's admission it killed Jamal Khashoggi embarrassed the Australian government into taking action. But it needs to do much more, and it can use companies who profit from their collaboration with the regime.
Good morning, early birds, and happy Eid al-Fitr for those celebrating. Christopher Pyne has said marriage equality could become law "sooner than everyone thinks", Crown employees will face court in China, and it turns out you can put a price on the Great Barrier Reef. It's the news you need to know, by Cassidy Knowlton and Max Chalmers.
It's not the constitution but the cash that would be at risk if there was an across-the-board ban on foreign donations.
Channel Seven's lawyers are unhappy with Crikey -- and of course with Amber Harrison -- after we published a report on the sordid situation last week. Herewith, Harrison responds.
The numbers are staggering. The Big Four accounting firms have picked up at least $2.6 billion in fees from the Australian government over the past 10 years, write Michael West and Geordie Wilson.