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
Senator Kristina Keneally was broadly correct in her assertion, but it's important to understand the finer details.
Good morning, early birds. Opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised a huge investment in Medicare and cancer screenings under a Labor government, and family members lobby to have stranded Australian ISIS orphans brought home. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Covering dental visits with Medicare would be a logical decision benefiting the general health of all Australians. But as we know, just because spending is logical doesn't make it a priority.
While it may take a little imagination, a good fantasy budget doesn't need to sit outside the realm of possibility.
Medicare breach wasn't a cyber attack but "traditional criminal activity", according to Human Services Minister Alan Tudge.
There is little sign that the Australian government, or the opposition, is considering ways to redress specialist fee exploitation.
At home and abroad, the business class elite suffer from the blindness of affluence, writes former Australian treasurer Wayne Swan.
"Mediscare" election texts were all above board.
Labor's scare campaign has significantly dumbed down political debate in this country, writes former Liberal Party strategist Toby Ralph.