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How ‘independent’ is the Human Rights Commission anyway?

How ‘independent’ is the Human Rights Commission anyway?

"Independent" statutory bodies like the Human Rights Commission are, in reality, beholden to their ministers and departments over funding and direction. Tom Burton of The Mandarin explains how it really works in Canberra.

Consumers and shareholders come last in media ownership reform

Consumers and shareholders come last in media ownership reform

Consumers and shareholders miss out whenever governments start talking about allowing more media ownership changes, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

Why history says the ABC review will give it a tick

Why history says the ABC review will give it a tick

History suggests even if the ABC's funding is cut, its journalism will survive. And that's assuming Malcolm Turnbull wants to cut funding - but does he?

The day News Ltd supported newspaper regulation

The day News Ltd supported newspaper regulation

News Ltd and the Coalition have previously backed far more draconian regulation of newspaper operations than that proposed by the Gillard government. How times change.

Millions for a tiny record label with powerful players

Millions for a tiny record label with powerful players

The story of Melba Recordings' special deal with the Australian government shows that when it comes to arts funding, friends in high places can still deliver the goods.

The conflicts of interest muddying the anti-pokies campaign

The conflicts of interest muddying the anti-pokies campaign

As with any public debate, the challenge in the pokies reform will be getting participants to put all their cards on the table and declare these conflicts as they arise. Stephen Mayne declares their interests on the public's behalf.

Power Shots: four legends of political fixing

Power Shots: four legends of political fixing

They may not punch with the same force of the past, they may no longer punch at all, but any round-up of Australian Political Fixers would be incomplete without mentioning the men who made fixing an art form.

Helen Coonan’s valedictory speech

Helen Coonan’s valedictory speech

Liberal Senator and former Health minister Helen Coonan delivered her valedictory speech yesterday to the Senate. Crikey's politics and public life blog The Stump has the complete transcript.

From gatekeeper to gridlock — a brief history of Labor obstructionism

From gatekeeper to gridlock — a brief history of Labor obstructionism

Quit the high horse act on Senate obstructionism, Labor. As the record of the Howard Government shows, what goes around comes around.

When minimal accountability and mind-numbing tedium reign in Canberra

When minimal accountability and mind-numbing tedium reign in Canberra

This week, Senators are conducting Supplementary Budget Estimates for the whole week, rather than sitting. For the most part it’s a colossal waste of time and money.