This week, Boris Johnson gaffed his way into the UK prime ministership.
JULY 27, 2019
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This week, Boris Johnson gaffed his way into the UK prime ministership, wedging the Atlantic (and the rest of the world) between two mop-haired buffoons. Bernard Keane and Guy Rundle analysed what this development means for global politics.

Back home, our INQ team investigated Australia’s chaotic and exploited visa system amid the explosive report on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal from former High Court justice Ian Callinan.

Finally, we explored the historical roots and contemporary arguments surrounding the Sydney v Melbourne rivalry. Is it even a thing? Catch up today to find out!

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

Have a great weekend,

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran
Managing Editor

 
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INQ explores Australia's broken visa system

Forget boat people, ‘refugees’ arriving at airports are gaming the system on a grand scale

DAVID HARDAKER and CHRIS WOODS 8 minute read

While politicians and the media focus on people arriving by boat, asylum seekers are entering the country by plane in massive numbers — and the system can't keep up.

Migrant workers are overworked, intimidated and even killed on Australian farms

DAVID HARDAKER and CHRIS WOODS 8 minute read

Australia's supermarket duopoly sits at the head of a production chain that holds labourers in slave-like conditions, putting them at risk of serious injury or death.

The stark reality of modern slavery in Australia

DAVID HARDAKER and CHRIS WOODS 6 minute read

Slavery exists in Australia in 2019, and the laws to prevent it are being systematically eroded.

 
Trump and Johnson: parasites from the same bowel

BERNARD KEANE 3 minute read

What Boris Johnson and Donald Trump have in common is less important than the phenomenon they represent.

The end of the Sydney supremacy 

CHRIS WOODS 4 minute read

In the ongoing battle between Melbourne and Sydney, it seems the latter has begun to fall behind. What happened — and what does it mean for the future?

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Reluctant government reveals chaos in a stacked AAT

BERNARD KEANE 4 minute read

A scathing review of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal shows how the government has created the circumstances that have allowed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to remain in Australia.

Politician turned comedian Boris Johnson gaffes his way into power

GUY RUNDLE 5 minute read

By actually becoming an entertainer who happened to be an MP, Boris has been able to create a force-field in which he is not only rewarded for lying, but doubly so for being caught lying.

The week Gen Z took over Victorian Parliament

ASHLEIGH BARRACLOUGH 4 minute read

I had a glimpse of what politics could look like if young people were given a real voice and, I gotta say, it looked pretty good.

The illegal immigrants our government is all too happy to overlook

BERNARD KEANE 4 minute read

While the government has demonised maritime asylum seekers, it has ignored illegal immigrants who fulfil every smear directed at refugees — and who provide a huge pool of cheap labour for employers.

The Chernobyl disaster is an exact mirror of modern ruin

GUY RUNDLE 4 minute read

HBO's hit mini-series Chernobyl is a register of the recent mass, unsettling realisation that humanity may simply lack the ability to put in place the overarching processes required to arrest the meltdown occurring at our core.

Media starts drumbeat for war on Iran
This isn’t the standard sloppy thinking that characterises editorials in Murdochland. The error is quite deliberate: intensifying sanctions will further strengthen the fundamentalist hardliners in Tehran and encourage them to use aggression as a means to strike back at Western interests, increasing the risk of war, which is exactly what fundamentalist hardliners in Washington and other capitals want. — Bernard Keane

Having learnt nothing from the Iraq debacle, the Australian media is now urging our involvement in another military intervention in the Middle East.

What would it take to see hospitality wage thieves held to account?

CHARLIE LEWIS and AMBER SCHULTZ 4 minute read

With rampant exploitation regularly exposed in the hospitality industry, Crikey looks into what's allowing wage theft and worker exploitation to continue.

Vale Margaret Fulton, Australia’s ultimate master chef

NADINE VON COHEN 4 minute read

Boundlessly inquisitive, quietly political and full of sass, Margaret Fulton saw life as an adventure and wanted to bring everyone along for the ride.

Government trashes security committee in partisan frenzy

BERNARD KEANE 4 minute read

The government has decided parliament's Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security "stymies" security agencies and is a threat to national security — all in the name of wedge politics.

Why cash is still king

GUY RUNDLE 4 minute read

We all know cash is on the decline in society, but a society without cash is a dangerous thing indeed.

The concentrated brilliance of Diego Maradona
Maradona is the third in what the director calls a 'trilogy about child geniuses and fame'. Kapadia explores with Diego Maradona the same territory as he did with Amy Winehouse and Ayrton Senna; that fork in the road where unimaginable notoriety splits the self in two. Many of the interview subjects say there was Diego, the affectionate, insecure kid from the slums; and there was Maradona, the coked-up, egomaniacal genius. — Charlie Lewis

A new film explores the spectacular rise and fall of Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona — a star who was messy, ragged, political and human.

An incomplete list of tired excuses for not increasing Newstart

CHRIS WOODS 4 minute read

Scott Morrison and the Liberal Party seem hell-bent on keeping Newstart payments at an unlivable standard. But it's not just the Coalition holding payments back.

Why New Zealand will not stop fighting Australia on deportation

REBEKAH HOLT 4 minute read

The debate over Australia's deportation laws is tearing Australia apart from one of its closest allies — and it's only getting worse.

How Melbourne beat out Sydney to become Australia’s creative hub

JASON MURPHY 4 minute read

Melbourne isn't known as Australia's creative hub by chance. This is the result of a very deliberate, and very successful, campaign.

 
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