We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
We look forward to sharing this exciting new phase with you.
Tamsin Creed, Publisher
Increasing the price of booze, especially cask wine, will cut binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence, right? Wrong, writes freelance journalist Callum Denness -- unless nanna's been hanging out at Kings Cross.
The car industry claims in press advertisements that changes to fringe benefit tax rules could "directly affect" 528,000 Australians. Are they right? Crikey puts it to the test.
Everyone's talking about Ashes debutante Ashton Agar's brilliant knock overnight. The Daily Telegraph shoehorned the story onto the front page but it was buried in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Opposition immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison has been claiming that over 90% of asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia turn up without ID. Does that allegation hold up? Not quite ...
Millions of Australians would walk away from their private health insurance if the Gillard government means-tested the rebate, the industry warned -- and they produced "research" to prove it. Nine months after the means test started, freelance writer Ben Westcott tests that "research".
It's cheaper to buy a house than rent one, according to a story in The Australian Financial Review. We apply the Crikey Get Fact test to that rather bold statement.
Rupert Murdoch reckons the world is growing greener with increased CO2 and there's no need for renewable energy. Crikey asked forest ecologist Dr Chris Weston to analyse Rupert's conclusions for our Get Fact series.
An "exclusive" front-page report in The Australian newspaper claimed the Greens will dump their most hostile policies towards private schools. But the truth is somewhat murkier.
Tony Abbott's recent rumination on what it would take to fit big Labor spending initiatives into the budget had economists scratching their heads. Crikey's Get Fact Australia tests his theories.
Barnaby Joyce tried to invoke early American political life in his speech to the Nationals conference on the weekend. But history doesn't actually repeat.