The greatest spying scandal this country has ever seen reached a new low this week.
AUGUST 10, 2019

The greatest spying scandal this country has ever seen reached a new low this week.

The case against Bernard Collaery and Witness K has been one — as Collaery wrote this week — in which mighty forces are at play to hide dirty political linen. We published Collaery’s statement along with analysis from Bernard Keane and Maddie Miller.

Elsewhere, mighty forces at work to uphold billionaire Paul Ramsay’s legacy, as we learned in our INQ series this week. We hope you find time to sink your teeth into it over the weekend.

As always, let us know what you thought of the week’s news. Write to [email protected]. Please include your full name if you wish to be considered for publication.

Have a great weekend,

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran
Managing Editor


Australia's shame

Australia’s shame: Witness K punished for his service, while the guilty go free

BERNARD KEANE 3 minute read

After years of relentless pressure, Witness K has pleaded guilty to revealing information about ASIS' criminal conduct in Timor Leste. It is a shameful reward for a man who diligently served his country.

It is a national disgrace to see Witness K treated like this

BERNARD COLLAERY 3 minute read

From Witness K's lawyer: 'Let us be under no misapprehension. Mighty forces are at play here to hide dirty political linen.'

The big question that has gone unanswered in the Witness K saga

MADELEINE MILLER 4 minute read

Did our government break the law in the 2004 bugging incident? Australians deserve to know.

Keeping up with the Folaus

GUY RUNDLE 3 minute read

The Folau family are causing further headaches for the right and the religious freedom debate — with the latest installment involving Israel's cousin Josiah calling the Catholic church a 'synagogue of Satan'.

Privilege brings Home Affairs bureaucrats unstuck

BERNARD KEANE 3 minute read

In yet another bungle, the Home Affairs portfolio has been savaged by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security for trying to suggest a radical change in Australia's stance on citizenship.

Paul Ramsay kept an unusually low profile for a man who ultimately pulled significant strings and whose businesses interacted with thousands of Australians everyday. However his quiet life is being eclipsed by controversy following his death, and ultimately his unfinished will. This series INQ seeks to understand the man behind the recent headlines. Who was Paul Ramsay in business, in politics and in his personal life?

The quiet life and noisy legacy of a relatively unknown billionaire 4 minute read
How Paul Ramsay triggered an unseemly brawl over Western civilisation 10 minute read
‘He was more like the local priest than the local megalomaniacal billionaire’ 10 minute read
Scott Morrison, it’s time to declare a climate emergency

KATE AHMAD 3 minute read

The public is calling for the government to act on the growing climate emergency — it's now time to take action.

The dirty business of cleaning our social media platforms

GEORGIA WILKINS 6 minute read

With content moderation being farmed out to third party contractors, it's easy to forget the human cost of keeping social media "safe".

The future of alcohol policy is missing one key ingredient: science

BERNARD KEANE 4 minute read

The development of a national alcohol strategy has been plagued by ideology, lack of evidence and passionate loathing of industry from public health fundamentalists.

When it comes to family violence, policy ignores the experts

AMBER SCHULTZ 4 minute read

Despite expert advice, the Coalition is directing their already small budget for addressing domestic violence in a completely different direction.

The High Court got the law right on Banerji, and that law is wrong

MICHAEL BRADLEY 4 minute read

Our bullshit implied freedom of speech is a leaky band-aid over the hole where our actual human rights should be.

Pompeo’s visit loosens the screws on the coalition of the willing
The right and the foreign policy establishment was in paroxysms of joy. They mentioned us! They mentioned us! God knows what the scene was like at the Centre for Independent Studies, but I hope they own a lot of mops. We haven’t even heard from Greg Sheridan yet. It is quite possible that he became so excited that he simply exploded. — Guy Rundle

Even if we wanted a unilateral unquestioned alliance with the US, based on an unspoken shared racial history, we can’t have it anymore.

Will News Corp results reveal Foxtel life support?

GLENN DYER 3 minute read

Questions about Foxtel's ailing financial health swarm ahead of News Corp's June results, released this week.

How the government weaponises uncomfortable topics to lock down debate


How can journalists challenge government policy which is intentionally veiled as an effort to stop murder, abuse or sexual assault?

Australia is caught in the blast zone of rampant nationalism

BERNARD KEANE 4 minute read

Within days, three global events have forced Australia to wake up to the reality of toxic nationalism.

Are Chinese triads operating in Australia? You can bet on it.
In the 20th century, after the bulk were chased out of mainland China after the Communist Party took power in 1949, they congregated in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In recent decades they have been operating on both sides of the Hong Kong and Macau borders. — Michael Sainsbury

The allegations against Crown are far from the first reports we’ve heard of triads operating in Australia.

Transurban is raking in cash — and it’s great news for the Liberal Party

STEPHEN MAYNE 3 minute read

Road developer Transurban has secured lucrative deals with state governments. Now it's raking in billions in tolls, and the Libs are directly benefiting. How is this not a conflict of interest?

India’s power grab spells more hardship for Kashmir


On Monday, India revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status as an autonomous state. But what does it mean for people living in the region and India's fraught relationship with Pakistan?