Plus: 14-year-old journalist Leonardo Puglisi on interviewing Morrison
APRIL 9, 2022

With the election now just weeks away, Crikey put on its thinking cap.

What if, instead of scare campaigns and personal abuse, we had an election based on real issues? You know, ones that have a real impact on all of our lives?

Bernard Keane delved into this fantasy world, where politicians debate each other over government policy and offer up a vision for the country in dire times. It won’t be like that, of course, but it’s a nice thought. And it’s what voters deserve.

We also deserve journalists who actually hold politicians to account. Leonardo Puglisi is one of those and he’s only 14 years old. He and his 6 News Australia colleague Roman Mackinnon put the press gallery to shame this week by grilling the PM over his record of lies and falsehoods. (He even quotes Crikey). Puglisi describes his experience with the PM below. We’ll no doubt be seeing more of him in years to come.

Finally, Kishor Napier-Raman has been keeping track of all the AAT appointments that the Coalition has been ramming through ahead of the election. We know it’s a tradition but come on.

Have a great weekend,

Georgia Wilkins
News editor

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BERNARD KEANE 3 minute read

What are voters entitled to in an election? A lot more than they end up getting from politicians and the media.

Mr Morrison, Mr Albanese and us: how a 14-year-old journalist and his colleague scored an interview with the PM

LEONARDO PUGLISI 3 minute read

The prime minister has stepped up, but the opposition leader stepped back when approached by 6 News Australia's young team.

Government stacks AAT with Liberal mates days before calling the election


As is apparent tradition, the Coalition has rammed through Liberal appointees to the AAT just before announcing the federal election.

Scott Morrison, the Edgeworth Tavern and a short history of political heckling

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Scott Morrison's trip to Edgeworth Tavern made headlines, but it's nothing new. Here's a short list of Australia's most memorable political heckles.

The campaign ahead

Shorten ally compares Albo to Jeremy Corbyn, to ‘help’ Labor

GUY RUNDLE 2 minute read

Cameron Milner has penned an Oz op-ed claiming we don't know the true Albanese. Pray tell, what could be his motivation?

What you see with Morrison is what you get, as PM aims to lie his way to victory

BERNARD KEANE 3 minute read

Scott Morrison's appearance on 7.30 last night confirmed the criticism from many in his own ranks that he's a liar and a bully.

The race to define Albo: parties spend hundreds of thousands on social media

CAM WILSON 2 minute read

Labor and the Libs have both launched expensive Facebook ad campaigns post-budget to try to put their spin on Anthony Albanese.

Emergency psychologists see 100 patients a week as refugees break down at border crossings 

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Refugees fleeing Ukraine are hit by the impact of war as they make it to the border.

I, Scott John Morrison, make the following statutory declaration…

CHARLIE LEWIS 2 minute read

We in the bunker are always happy to help Morrison with his statutory declarations. So here's a list of his various denials over the years, ready for his signature.

Houston says sorry as US pastor blows the whistle on Hillsong’s business tactics

DAVID HARDAKER 3 minute read

An influential American Hillsong pastor has exposed the cold and calculated machinations behind the megachurch's global empire.

Morrison is the gag man — but the joke is on us

EIDDWEN JEFFERY 4 minute read

Silence is golden — particularly when your political enemies keep bringing up topics you don't want to talk about.

Towke's turmoil

How Murdoch ended Towke’s run and opened the door for Scott Morrison

DAVID HARDAKER 3 minute read

Murdoch's Sydney tabloid played a pivotal role in decimating the reputation of Michael Towke, paving the way for Morrison.

Business as usual: the Towke revelations will do little harm, if any, to Morrison

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Don't expect allegations about Scott Morrison's use of racism to undermine a rival to have much effect beyond Canberra.

Polish border towns’ refugee helpers wearying as government support lags

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Even as they warmly welcome Ukrainians fleeing the war in their home country, hosts and helpers are showing signs of burning out.

The Australian way of life is collectivist. Lachlan’s ‘freedom’ cry is a US import

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If a former ABC journalist defeats 'Freedom Boy' in Goldstein in the coming election, is it all over for the IPA?

Scott Morrison lashes out at Crikey, says Australians aren’t interested in ‘juvenile debates’ about whether he’s told lies

CAM WILSON 2 minute read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison admits politicians get facts wrong but says Australian's aren't interested in whether he's told lies.

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