Eat Your Greens

We speak truth to power and we eat our greens


There are no recipes here, although the advice holds - it's good to eat your greens. Eating our greens is good for us and, in time, we come to love them. Some of us even end up growing them. Being informed is also good for us, it's a core responsibility we have as humans, as is giving way to pedestrians, sharing our food with a stranger, greeting our neighbour and not drinking bad coffee.

Even more than that, if we want a kinder, gentler, more compassionate society, one which, presumably, we would all benefit from, it's also incumbent upon us to refrain from taking a position on any subject by basing that position on an ideology, merely because we are not prepared to apply the intellectual rigour required to properly understand it.

With that as a foundation, it's reasonable therefore to conclude that in today's world, with its surfeit of news coverage, and with it no shortage of opinion, on topics various - drought, bushfires, water management, the environment, climate change, economics, human rights, the welfare of others, political machinations, the list goes on, we need to, dare I say, be attentive and with it develop the skills to separate well constructed reportage from mere opinion, masquearading as analysis.

It's against this background of news saturation that a library of 3,000+ (and counting) pieces of credible journalism from reliable sources was established. It morphed into 'Eat Your Greens', in an attempt to present information, easily accessible, that contributes to making us a better informed, gentler and kinder society. It's also incumbent upon us, if we are to have this kinder, gentler, more compassionate society, that we hold the political class to account.

There are no answers here, only questions, that is what good journalism does, it shines a light into dark corners that the powers that be are happy to have remain in darkness. 'Eat Your Greens' attempts to expose this and hold accountable those who weild power, by shining a light into those dark corners and turning over some rocks - and - who wouldn't want that. Read on.

Every now and then someone will begin a sentence with "I'm no expert but …" which will invariably, though not always, precede a monologue resembling little more than a passing acquaintance to the subject at hand, revealing the speaker's pre-conceived version of the truth. This is not knowledge, it's an opinion, which, as Plato put it, is the bridge between ignorance and knowledge, and which outs itself as nothing more than ideology.

Ideology is not grounded in kindness or knowledge, it's usually grounded in the preservation of power, in privilege, prejudice, in any or all its manifest forms, or in fear, or a combination of all of those things. Ideology preserves injustice, destruction of environment, marginalisation of minorities, racism, institutionalised discrimination, species extinction, preservation of privilege, and high-office graft. And for the ideologue, the truth of a matter, or the facts that may prove or undermine their ideology more often than not are less important than the number of people prepared to believe in it.

Ideology encourages hyper-partisan reasoning due to what psychologists call "motivated cognition," which is the act of deciding what you want to believe and using your reasoning power, with all its might, to get you there. Just as it's true for individuals, it's also true for organisations and nation states. The manifestation of this is essentially that, for example, a racist will always be a racist, a bigot will always be a bigot, a fundamentalist will always be so, vociferous in their denials. What it takes to shift these views is usually a life-changing event and life changing events generally can not be planned or orchestrated.

Economic Ideology, for example, as it's extant is underlined by the following patently contradictory statement by Australia's Prime Minister, meeting at the junction of ideology and neo-liberalism (which we'll get to), probably unaware of his statement's obvious juxtaposition, in response to the government's reducing the Jobseeker payment - "the government can’t allow the lifeline [to] hold Australia back as we move into the next phases of recovery." (Nov '20). Whilst this statement (article here) demands closer examination it's perhaps best left to let it speak for itself, or, in the spirit of Hamlet, allow it to be "hoist with its own petard."

'Eat Your Greens' looks at the juxtaposition between economy and society, a distinction that political ideology fails to make. Making political decisions based solely on an Ideology starts wars, divides communities, discourages innovation, promotes secrecy and advances prejudices. And yet ideology is often based on minimal examination or appreciation of the things that make a society work. It's good then to ask oursleves how we might go about defining one.

The modern incarnation of the term, popularised by post World War II free-market proponents, such as economist Milton Friedman, emanated out of a push-back against post-Keynesian theories that advanced the view that the state is best positioned to support the social and economic well-being of its citizens.

Neo-liberalism's underlying principle is one of the State having a passive, rather than an active, role in society and economy, although the theory never holds because governments intervene in the economy when it suits their ideology, which, with that one single stroke, has their theory disproven. It's proponents claim that the market is better positioned to deliver prosperity, health outcomes and many services hitherto the preserve of governments, adopting a “if it's not working, and particularly if it is working, let the market take it over” philosophy. If there was a single event to punch a crater size hole in that theory it is Covid-19, although it's not as if we weren't warned, with the failure of the privatised aged care system being its poster child.

A neo-liberal would advocate government staying out of the way and allowing individuals decide, individualism being the bastard child of neo-liberalism. This meme falls at the first and most fundamental hurdle, that being a mis-interpration of what economics actually is. Economics has very little to do with maths, or statistics, it’s not logical, it never has been.

Economics is a study in sociology, it’s irrational, mad as a cat and prone to outbursts that defy the logic purported to it. A neo-liberal, even a rabid one, would surely not attempt to make the claim that their theory is a panacea but nonetheless, they will almost always look to the market as the default setting for addressing what they adjudicate to be a hitherto faulty or implacable situation.

Let’s step back a bit - the natural enemy of the neo-liberal would be the socialist, another term most people would struggle to muster up a definition of. Broadly speaking, socialism is the democratic (or in some cases, the revolutionary) socialisation of the means of industry, production, distribution and exchange. In its diluted form then, socialism exists in some form or another, in every developed country in the world. Each time a government interferes in the market, it is, by its actions, setting aside any ideological adherence to neo-liberalism while at the same time trumpeting its virtues.

Publicly funded health care is a form of socialism yet very few of us would demand that the government placed the responsibility for health care wholly and solely into the hands of the market, particularly given that private health care costs two to three times the cost of operating the public system. It would represent something more than an act of political folly.

Neo-liberalism, econonically speaking, advocates a takeover, while politically it abdicates responsibility, arguing that it has handed over control and therefore oversight, to the market. It will argue that is therefore not at fault if the whole thing implodes. And here is the rub, neo-liberals find it almost impossible to seperate a society from an economy, they view the economy as holding primacy and believe that all good things emanate from it. Time and time again they are proved wrong and time and time again, they look for new strategies to implement and promote their logic. We only have to look at how neo-liberalism increased inequality in the aftermath of the GFC to prove the point.

There is no doubt that the market has given us great innovation, it can and does drive progress but it is, at its core, an amoral system, it makes no attempts at being moral, nor should it - such that any contingency related to catering to the needs of people, be it fairness kindness, or compassion will have a price, or cost, assigned to it, set against the end result, which is not fairness, kindness or compassion but profit.

It’s important to note that Socialism on it’s own does not work any more than neo-liberalism on its own does, however, neo-liberalism as it’s advocated by our current government, does not deliver a strong or fair civil society any more than putting a saddle on a horse guarantees that you will be able to ride it. Neo-liberalism makes no effort to account for suffering, citing disadvantage as a natural by-product of a healthy economy and therefore, according to the neo-liberal model, a healthy society. I enjoy the dynamics of the market and the benefits it can provide but at the same time I bristle when caring for people is reduced to an auction, it begets the things that diminishes us as a society and reflects back to us our core values.
"Opinion is the bridge between ignorance and knowledge" - Plato

In the Spotlight

(illuminating if not always uplifting)

NDIS changes would kick Australians off $22 billion Morrison government scheme | SMH (Mar '21) Voices raised in anger are echoing throughout the land but it seems Morrison still can’t hear | The Guardian (Mar ’21) The Australian-born children the government wants to deport because they have a disability ABC News (Mar '21) Auditor general to investigate jobkeeper after it was used to pay dividends and bonuses | The Guardian (Mar '21) From 'snapback' to 'comeback': policy gridlock as Morrison government puts slogans over substance | The Conversation (Mar '21) Alan Kohler: The News Bargaining Code is officially dead | New Daily (Mar '21) My friend Rita was starving to death. How is this even possible in Australia today? | The Guardian (Mar '21) Morrison's government: the most amoral in 50 years | Pearls and Irritations (Mar '21) The moral deadening | The Monthly (Mar '21) Porter shredded the rule of law. He shouldn't hide behind what's left of it | Crikey (Mar '21) Scott Morrison — a bad marketing campaign's version of a leader | Crikey (Mar '21) Ignored and given scraps: Office for Women demeaned by Coalition | Crikey (Feb '21) Electric vehicles will tow us forward, despite Scott Morrison | New Daily (Feb '21) 400,000 women over 45 are at risk of homelessness in Australia | The Conversation (Aug '20) Disabled young people living on poverty-level benefits rises 300% in Australia | The Guardian (Feb '21) No, this is not an episode of Yes Minister, it's the Morrison government's response to the mental health crisis | The Age (Dec '20) More than half of government environmental scientists say their work has been suppressed: report | ABC (Dec '20) No point complaining about it, Australia will face carbon levies unless it changes course | The Conversation (Feb '21) Scott Morrison’s ‘work harder to earn more’ nonsense shows how out of touch with workers he is | Per Capita (Oct '19)
 

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The Score Card

The number represents separate reportable topics applicable to the category listed - one or more articles have been written about the topic. Click on the subject to take you to where most, if not necessarily all, of the articles appear.
Cover up – government or ministerial incompetence, concealing government decisions, denying or hiding conflict of interest, government graft
17
Corruption – public money used to fund Liberal Party research, ignoring warnings on sports rorts, fossil fuel interests given grant money, defying Treasury advice in favour of Party donors, government largesse in favour of Party donors, appointment of ideologically aligned people to government bodies
21
Ministerial & government accountability – workplace bullying, aged care, Ruby Princess, Robodebt, Great Barrier Reef, sports rorts, military war crimes, NBN, abuse of women
26
Conflict of interest – grants to associates, Covid Commission members, Ministers accepting lobbying, Ministerial responsibility and business interests colliding
22
Suppression of dissent – legislation, police action, control of narrative, threats to job or career, individuals being silenced
12
Secrecy/Refusal to release information – refusal to make documents available, PM rejecting the premise of questions, refusing to answer questions, claiming the issue is someone else’s responsibility, secrecy of legal proceedings, secrecy of Covid Commission, PM ditching plans for transparency, refusal to release COVID SafeApp data, refusal to release documents under FOI, refusal to release reports on public entities, refusal to release information on government advertising, refusal to release notes of national cabinet meetings
49
Ignoring experts on Covid recovery & other programmes – advice from Climate Change Authority, Reserve Bank, major consulting firms, CSIRO, AEMO, business groups, responsible lending obligations, technology community, NDIS, Medical procedures, mental health recommendations
20
Disenfranchisement of women – ignored in budget, women at risk of homelessness, dismantling of childcare support, workplace bullying, refusing to listen to domestic violence experts, sexual assault, refusing to conduct an inquiry into sexual assault allegations
25
Announcements that lead to nothing – drought relief, CovidSafe App, Job-Maker, HomeBuilder, Arts rescue package, bush-fire relief, climate change forum, Great Barrier Reef, Covid vaccine rollout
11
Government & PM self-promotion – bush-fire advertisements, Covid advertisements, empathy consultants, employing a personal photographer
7
Backing or subsidising fossil fuel – Adani, Narrabri Gas, Covid Recovery, Acland coal, BHP, Shine Energy, Whitehaven Coal, Vickery mine, threatening banks who do not fund projects, funding new gas exploration, another coal mine, PM backing coal for decades to come
18
Markets ditching fossil fuels – Insurers refusing to insure fossil fuel projects, Australian and world banks opting out of financing fossil fuel projects, coal mines closing down, fund managers dumping fossil fuel stocks.
26
Climate change denial/inaction/misinformation – claim that climate change doesn’t cause bushfires, no vehicle emissions standards or EV targets, claim that Australia can do little, refusal to set an electric vehicle target, PM claiming coal is will serve Australia for decades to come, Minerals Council propaganda
27
Legislated environmental destruction – species extinction, land clearing, refusal to act, complicity with vested interests, dilution of environmental protections, government appointments, cuts to funding, abolishing government bodies, suppressing dissent
155
Asylum seekers denied justice – justice postponed, applications deferred, bureaucratic obfuscation, abuse, denied care
18
Perpetuating inequality – gig economy worker protections, rental market for older Australians
11

 

 

    Economy

Zombie Cash-Splash: Treasurer ramps up orgy of corporate hand-outs | Michael West (Oct '20)

‘Could do better’: Top Australian economists award the budget a cautious pass | The Conversation (Oct '20)

Don't be fooled by the spin – Tuesday's budget will be political and ideologically driven | The Guardian (Oct '20)

Budget 2020: the people most likely to be left behind | The Guardian (Oct '20)

Albanese promises $20 billion plan to modernise electricity grid, and $6.2 billion for child care | The Conversation (Oct '20)

'The chips have been placed': experts weigh in on the Australian budget 2020 | The Guardian (Oct ’20)

Australian budget preview: what we already know, and what the experts think | The Guardian (Oct ’20)

Australian federal budget found to be the most secretive ever produced | The Guardian (Oct '20)

The overlooked parts of the 2020 Australian budget you should know about | The Guardian (Oct '20)

Australia's English test for partner visas could leave women at mercy of abusers, experts warn | The Guardian (Oct '20)

Jobmaker hiring credit: how does it work and who is eligible? | The Guardian (Oct '20)

    Homelessness & social housing

    Unused buildings will make good housing in the world of COVID-19 | The Conversation (Jul ’20)

    Our lives matter – Melbourne public housing residents talk about why COVID-19 hits them hard | The Conversation (Jul ’20)

    ‘Vertical cruise ships’? Here’s how we can remake housing towers to be safer and better places to live | The Conversation (Jul ’20)

    Public housing ‘renewal’ likely to drive shift to private renters, not owners, in Sydney | The Conversation (Jul ’20)

    Homelessness: can the Covid-19 crisis help end rough sleeping in Australia for good? | The Guardian (Jun ’20)

    NSW launches $36 million program to get rough sleepers into homes | SMH (Jun '20)

    Coronavirus lays bare 5 big housing system flaws to be fixed | The Conversation (may '20)

    Home for Good: Social Housing for an Ageing Population | Per Capita (may '20)

    The start of something new: a homeless family's respite at a boutique hotel amid the pandemic | The Guardian (may '20)

    Build public housing for 30,000 to boost Australia's post-crisis economy, Acoss says | The Guardian (Apr '20)

    The need to house everyone has never been clearer. Here’s a 2-step strategy to get it done | The Conversation (Apr '20)

    Hotel Corona: How the pandemic could fix homelessness (ABC)

    Forced by coronavirus to close its doors to the homeless, Wayside Chapel hits the streets | The Guardian (Apr '20)

    Homelessness and overcrowding expose us all to coronavirus. Here’s what we can do to stop the spread | The Conversation (Mar ‘ 20)

    Morrison must protect the most vulnerable Australians to combat the coronavirus crisis | SMH (Mar ‘ 20)

    The many faces of social housing – home to 1 in 10 Australians | The Conversation (Mar ’20)

    'Dying in poverty’: disability pensioners left out of boosted welfare payments fear for future | The Guardian (Mar ‘20)

    We’re innovative when housing bushfire victims. Why not all the homeless? | The Conversation (Mar '20)

    The lost kids | ABC (Mar '20)

    As simple as finding a job? Getting people out of social housing is much more complex than that | The Conversation (Dec '19)

    Shh! Don’t mention the public housing shortage. But no serious action on homelessness can ignore it | The Conversation (Oct '19)

    Growing numbers of renters are trapped for years in homes they can’t afford | The Conversation (Oct '19)

    Focus on managing social housing waiting lists is failing low-income households | The Conversation (Aug '19)

    'Out in the cold': Council shuts down scheme to help homeless sleep in churches | The Age (Aug '19)

    Homelessness and the house of lies | Per Capita (aug '19)

    Is homelessness growing in NSW and are there 60,000 people waiting for social housing, sometimes for up to 10 years? | Associated Press … aap Factcheck (Jun '19)

    Homelessness soars in our biggest cities, driven by rising inequality since 2001 | The Conversation (May '19)

    As simple as finding a job? Getting people out of social housing is much more complex than that | The Guardian (Dec '19)

    'National obscenity': Australia's story of housing boom and homelessness | The Guardian (May '19)

    Is social housing essential infrastructure? How we think about it does matter | The Conversation (Feb '19)

    Unconditional charity: Why it's okay to give money to homeless people | SBS (Aug '18)

    Homelessness: The real housing crisis gripping Australia | SBS (Aug '18)

    Can homelessness ever be solved? | SBS (jul '18)

    What it's like to be homeless and have a mental illness | SBS (jul '18)

    Unless prisoners have a good place to live after release, prison drug rehabilitation won’t work | The Conversation (Oct '17)

    What do single, older women want? Their ‘own little space’ (and garden) to call home, for a start | The Conversation (Oct '17)

    Class divide defies social mixing and keeps public housing stigma alive | The Conversation (Aug '17)

    How to survive if you ever become homeless | SBS (Jun '17)

    Family break-up raises homelessness risk, and critical period is longer for boys | SBS (Jun '17)

    What housing issues should the budget tackle? This is what our experts say | The Conversation (Apr '17)

    Homeless in Britain: ‘I graduated with honours – and ended up on the streets’ | The Guardian (Jan '17)

    Why secure and affordable housing is an increasing worry for age pensioners | The Conversation (Dec '16)

    The Thatcher years in statistics (Apr '13)

    Housing Ministers' Advisory Committee Social Housing Initiative Review | KPMG (Sep '12)

      health care

        mental health… government neglect… loneliness… suicide

          disability

            women… inequality… leadership… sexual assault

            Scott Morrison is all hollow words and crocodile tears | The New Daily (Mar ’21)

            A reported rape of a staffer was not enough for Morrison to 'get it' – now women are tired of waiting | Australian politics | The Guardian (Mar ’21)

            Jane Gilmore: PM’s inaction on men’s violence inflicts even more damage | New Daily (Mar ’21)

            The March 4 Justice organisers hit back at suggestion PM would be unsafe | New Daily (Mar ’21)

            Scott Morrison doesn't have a plan for dealing with sexual harassment, and women are fed up - ABC News (Mar ’21)

            Voices raised in anger are echoing throughout the land but it seems Morrison still can’t hear | Australian politics | The Guardian (Mar ’21)

            Scott Morrison's rule of law - Pearls and Irritations (Mar ’21)

            Scott Morrison declares Christian Porter 'innocent' and says he will remain in role | Christian Porter | The Guardian (Mar ’21)

            Former solicitor-general says PM should seek legal advice on Christian Porter rape allegation - ABC News (Mar '21)

            Morrison shows us again how much he despises women - The Australian Independent Media Network (Mar '21)

            Scott Morrison rejects calls for independent inquiry into rape allegation against Christian Porter | The Guardian (Mar '21)

            Dhanya Mani reached out to the Prime Minister's office for help over an alleged indecent assault. She says she did not get it - ABC News (Feb ’21)

            ‘I was a staffer, and so was my perpetrator’ | 7am Podcast (Feb ’21)

            Whether Morrison knew or not, he is an abject moral failure and should resign | Independent Australia (Feb ’21)

              inequality/disadvantage/poverty

                domestic violence

                  multiculturalism (Racism, The Far-Right)



                    education

                      Arts

                        aged care

                        Which aged care services near you weren’t up to scratch in 2019? (Mar '20)

                        ‘I will euthanise myself before I go into aged care’: how aged care is failing LGBTI+ people (Feb '20)

                        Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

                        Royal Commission Transcripts

                        Government caves in to a “few big interests”, ignores Aged Care Inquiry reforms (Dec '19)

                        PM promises more funding after aged care system found to be 'harmful' and underfunded (Oct '19)

                        Our ailing aged care system shows you can’t skimp on nursing care (Jun '19)

                        Number of reported assaults in aged care almost double in two years (Nov '19)

                        Red tape in aged care shouldn’t force staff to prioritise ticking boxes over residents’ outcomes (Aug '19)

                        Nearly 2 out of 3 nursing homes are understaffed. These 10 charts explain why aged care is in crisis (May '19)

                        Aged care failures show how little we value older people – and those who care for them (Sep '18)

                        Turning away from evidence and data in aged care (Feb '18)

                        Royal Commission Interim Report into Aged Care Quality and Safety … Neglect (Nov '19)

                        Aged care to get an extra $537m, most to be spent on 10,000 home-care packages (Nov '19)

                        PM promises more funding after aged care system found to be 'harmful' and underfunded (Oct '19)

                        ‘It felt like a prison’ – too many young Australians are still stuck in nursing homes (Sep '19)

                        Why is nursing home food so bad? Some spend just $6.08 per person a day – that’s lower than prison (Jul '19)

                        More people are retiring with high mortgage debts. The implications are huge (Jun '19)

                        Aged care royal commission begins with emphasis on 'rising torrent of concern' (Jan '19)

                        Has government by media replaced consideration of evidence in aged care? (Jan '19)

                          children/young adults

                            Work & unemployment

                              Social Safety Net (jobseeker/robodebt)

                              Church leaders join environment groups to call for increase to JobSeeker payments (Jul ’20)

                              Coalition plays down reports of permanent $75 rise in jobseeker payment (Jun ‘20)

                              Work for the Dole facing coronavirus 'timebomb', says economic think tank (Jun ‘20)

                              Morrison government announces return to mutual obligation for jobseekers (Jun ‘20)

                              When the Coronavirus Supplement stops, JobSeeker needs to increase by $185 a week (may ‘20)

                              Reducing the dole to its pre-coronavirus rate would be a massive brake on the economy (may ‘20)

                              JobSeeker payments will be wound back once coronavirus crisis is over, Morrison says (Apr ‘20)

                              'Time to click reset': coronavirus offers chance to end Australia's welfare wars (Apr ‘20)

                              Government did not plan to inform jobseekers their welfare appointments were suspended (Mar ‘20)

                              The Australian welfare system has always been needlessly cruel. Now it’s punishing half the country (Mar ‘20)

                              Australian jobseekers to get $550 increase as part of huge coronavirus welfare package (Mar '20)

                              Welfare recipients on cashless debit card will have $750 stimulus payment quarantined (Mar '20)

                              Sick or disabled people on Newstart face 'unrealistic' obligations to find work (Mar '20)

                              Cashless welfare card: how does it work and what changes is the government proposing? (Feb '20)

                              Jacqui Lambie says people scared and confused by Coalition’s cashless welfare card plan (Nov '19)

                              Man died of bowel cancer while waiting for disability support pension approval (May '19)

                              'Senseless cruelty': peak welfare body pushes for $95-a-week increase to Newstart (Jan '20)

                              There’s mounting evidence against cashless debit cards, but the government is ploughing on regardless (Nov '19)

                              Lesson for Australia. Make it hard for people to get benefits, and they’ll stop, but they mightn’t get jobs (Oct '19)

                              Newstart recipient has payments suspended after appearing at Senate inquiry (Oct '19)

                              More than 120,000 people whose welfare was suspended were not at fault, data shows (Aug '19)

                              Newstart recipient on Q&A: 'How would you suggest people like me have a go?' (Aug '19)

                              Life on the breadline: Centrelink's 'mutual obligation' is a system of humiliation (May '19)

                              Coalition stopped welfare payments to 55,000 homeless or at-risk jobseekers in six months (Apr '19)

                              The demerit system is ruthless social policy, designed to keep the poor powerless (Jul ‘18)

                              Duncan Storrar went on Q&A – now his personal life is dragged through the mud (May '16)

                              You're not a 'bludger' if you pay no net tax in Australia (May '16)

                                political ideology… economic ideology… leadership… neoliberalism

                                Madonna King: Scott Morrison just isn't good at his job | The New Daily (Mar ’21)

                                With the government in crisis, Morrison's leadership might be safe but damage has been done - ABC News (Mar ’21)

                                Morrison sees every crisis as a political problem to manage away | Crikey (Mar ’21)

                                Morrison’s empathy gap: time to stop the damage control and start showing basic humanity | Australia news | The Guardian (Mar ’21)

                                Australia is facing a revolution on sexual assault. Where is Scott Morrison? | Crikey (Mar ’21)

                                Canberra's pale, stale and male tribe is missing the moment – as it did with Julia Gillard's misogyny speech | Australia news | The Guardian (Mar ’21)

                                As gut-wrenching scandals shake the government, Scott Morrison fumbles when he should lead | Scott Morrison | The Guardian (Mar ’21)

                                Scott Morrison, aerodynamic populism and the art of never choosing a side | Australian politics | The Guardian (Jan ’21)

                                Scott Morrison accused of 'pandering' to Trump and damaging relations with Biden | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian (Jan '21)

                                Scott Morrison refuses to condemn Trump for inciting ‘distressing’ violence in US Capitol | The Guardian (Jan ’21)

                                Scott Morrison: how he went from Artful Dodger to political shapeshifter | Scott Morrison | The Guardian (Sep ’20)

                                Why good leaders need to hold the hose: how history might read Morrison’s coronavirus leadership | The Conversation (May ’20)

                                Scott Morrison, here’s what you should do in 2020 to show leadership | SMH (Jan ’20)

                                Scott Morrison’s biggest failure in the bushfire crisis: an inability to deliver collective action | The Conversation (Jan ’20)

                                I marched against John Howard but he showed leadership in a way Scott Morrison is refusing to | The Guardian (Dec ’19)

                                The moral deadening | The Monthly (Feb ’21)

                                A web of lies - we may never know when Morrison knew, but there’s no doubt he has lied | The Monthly (Feb ’21)

                                Yeah, right. Harold Holt's in China and PM knew nothing | New Daily (Feb ’21)

                                Scott Morrison summed up | Australia news | The Guardian (Feb '21)

                                NBN Co’s $77 million in pandemic bonuses slammed as ‘offensive’ | New Daily (Feb '21)

                                Australia Day: Scott Morrison loves playing politics, hates it when others do | Crikey (Jan '21)

                                Scott Morrison’s attempt at distance from Trump was as tepid as it was late | Australian politics | The Guardian (Jan '21)

                                Atkins: All politicians lie, but Scott Morrison's untruths transcend the usual | New Daily (Dec ’20)

                                Morrison government asks ABC to justify why explosive Four Corners episode was impartial and newsworthy | SBS (Dec ’20)

                                'One side of politics': Morrison attempts to paint ABC affair reports as bias | The Mandarin (Nov ’20)

                                In a single press conference, Scott Morrison showed us exactly what it's like to be a woman in politics. | Mama Mia (Nov ’20)

                                Is Scott Morrison angry that public servants got Cartier watches – or that the public found out? | The Guardian (Oct '20)

                                ScoMo Has Been Called Out For Hypocrisy, Again, This Time Over The Branch Stacking Scandal | Junkee (Aug '20)

                                The blatant hypocrisy of Scott Morrison’s Christian faith | Independent Australia (Sep ’19)

                                How Scott Morrison changed his tune on the banking royal commission | SMH (Apr ’18)

                                Morrison sees votes in anti-Muslim strategy | SMH (Feb ’11)

                                  secrecy of government

                                  Judge rules Australian government's attempt to obstruct Bernard Collaery's use of barrister 'unfair' | Witness K case | The Guardian (Feb '21)

                                  Secrecy in trial of Witness K lawyer Bernard Collaery an offence against open justice: law council | The Guardian (Oct '20)

                                  Australian government cites 'chilling effect' on cabinet in bid to block release of papers in Timor-Leste spy case | The Guardian (Sep ’20)

                                  Witness K is in the dock but institutions vital to Australia’s democracy are on trial | The Guardian (Sep ’20)

                                  Coalition’s push for secret trials: behaviour of a tin-pot dictatorship | Michael West (Sep ’20)

                                  East Timor bugging scandal: Attorney General's push for secret trial diminishes us as a nation - Michael West (Aug ’20)

                                  Australian government spends almost $3m waging ‘war’ on whistleblowers in court | The Guardian (Aug ’20)

                                  The secrecy in the Witness K case is an attempt by the government to avoid scrutiny | The Guardian (Jul '20)

                                  Christian Porter and a secret trial have destroyed my practice, Witness K lawyer Bernard Collaery says - ABC News (Jun ’20)

                                  Coalition spends $2m on prosecution of Bernard Collaery and Witness K, before trial | The Guardian (Jun ’20)

                                  'I am unable to say much': anger simmers as Timor bugging hearing goes ahead in secret | The Guardian (Jun ’20)

                                  Why Bernard Collaery’s case is one of the gravest threats to freedom of expression | The Conversation (Jul ’20)

                                  Q+A: Australia likened to North Korea in its secret trial of Bernard Collaery | The Guardian (Jun ’20)

                                  Since when is it a crime to report a crime? Bernard Collaery exposes the Timor Sea betrayal | Michael West (Apr ’20)

                                  Coalition legal action sends chills through whistleblowers | Michael West (…)



                                    funding cuts

                                      propaganda … controlling the narrative … people being silenced … Totalitarianism

                                      How will Scott Morrison spin his way out of this one? | Crikey (Mar '21)

                                      It's been a bad week for the government's messaging —and shocking for accountability - ABC News (Mar '21)

                                      From 'snapback' to 'comeback': policy gridlock as Morrison government puts slogans over substance | The Conversation (Mar '21)

                                      Can Scott Morrison's rhetorical style cut through the rising tide of anger? | The Conversation (Mar '21)

                                      Straight-faced and bald-faced: the political lies that hoodwink the public - Crikey (Mar '21)

                                      Prime Minister Morrison. The women of Australia have had ENOUGH - Womens Agenda (Mar '21)

                                      Coalition Spin Kings: real reform in aged care trumped by re-announcements and a deluge of cash - Michael West (Dec '20)

                                      Morrison government spent $128m on advertising in 2019-20, figures reveal (Dec '20)

                                      Picture perfect PM: The PM’s image factory runs hot thanks to his official photographer so why don’t media stamp the photos as such? (Nov '20)

                                      'Daggy dad' or 'propaganda'? The media's growing use of official Scott Morrison pictures (Nov '20)

                                      'Siege mentality' as ABC's Four Corners bursts Canberra bubble (Nov '20)

                                      Covid-19 response inquiry awaits answers (Sep '20)

                                      No Beef With Slavery: If Your History Hurts, Just Rebrand It! (Jun '20)

                                      Cult that defines Trump's power is just a few scratches away from the surface in Australia (Nov '19)

                                      NSW public servants at climate conference told not to discuss link with bushfires | Bushfires | The Guardian (Nov '19)

                                      Scott Morrison's political ad is a bizarre act of self-love as firefighters battle to save Australia (Jan '20)

                                      Another nail in the coffin for democracy (Oct '19)

                                      Morrison government paid empathy consultant $190,000 (Oct '19)

                                      Great Barrier Reef scientists told to focus on projects to make government look good (Sep ‘18)

                                        Corruption, Cover Up



                                          Rorts, Conflict of Interest, Accountability

                                          Sports rorts: Coalition approved at least six grants without an application form, documents reveal | The Guardian (Jul '20)

                                          Failing the pub test: how can Australian voters call time on MPs' expense claims? | The Guardian (Jun '20)

                                          Michael McCormack and wife billed taxpayers for Melbourne Cup flights | The Guardian (Jun '20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie was told to seek Scott Morrison's 'authority' for sports grants program (may '20)

                                          Sport Australia warned Bridget McKenzie over sports grants decisions, emails reveal (Mar '20)

                                          Sports rorts: football body in marginal seat awarded $500k on top of $800k from state (Mar '20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie warned by legal expert 'ignorance of the law is no excuse' (Mar ’20)

                                          Covid-19 is pushing sports rorts from the news. But at least one potential crime must be investigated – Tony Harris (Mar '20)

                                          Sports rorts: Scott Morrison sidesteps question about late changes to spreadsheet (Mar ’20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie could be personally liable over sports grants, expert tells Senate hearing (Mar ’20)

                                          Sport Australia defies Senate on questions over sports rorts grants (Mar ’20)

                                          Sports rorts changes everything. It's time for a federal Icac (Mar '20)

                                          Nigel Scullion approved $560m in grants in lead-up to election (Mar '20)

                                          This Rorting Life … the Prime Minister is up to his neck in it (Mar '20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie reignites sports rorts affair by denying late changes to grants (Mar '20)

                                          NSW Nationals deputy Bronwyn Taylor notified instantly of $8m grant to husband's organisation (Mar '20)

                                          Sports rorts: agency admits failing to tell Senate about second McKenzie email (Mar '20)

                                          Scott Morrison has been caught out over sports rorts (Mar '20)

                                          Senior public servant tells inquiry she destroyed sports grants meeting notes (Feb '20)

                                          Scott Morrison maintains sports grants were decided before final emails to his office (Feb '20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie gave Sport Australia final list of grant projects in caretaker period (Feb '20)

                                          The PM is squarely in the frame over the sports rorts affair (Feb '20)

                                          Scott Morrison and Bridget McKenzie's offices exchanged 136 emails about sports grants program (Feb '20)

                                          The sports rorts remind us politics is a 'game of mates'. We need an independent umpire (Feb '20)

                                          The sports grants saga isn't going away, and it means Scott Morrison will need to change tack – David Speers (Feb '20)

                                          ‘Unprecedented’ $400k grant given to aged-care home operator in Nationals electorate (Feb '20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie gave 'spare' $150,000 to shooting study rather than major games for intellectually impaired (Feb '20)

                                          Audit Office says Scott Morrison and Bridget McKenzie's offices shared partisan colour-coded spreadsheets (Feb '20)

                                          Coalition dished out $636m in grants in six months before 2019 election (Feb '20)

                                          Coalition pledged $4.5m for tidal pool despite opposition from local council (Feb '20)

                                          Liberal MP linked $500,000 sports grant to 'great strategising' that led to victory (Feb '20)

                                          If we move on from the sports grants now as the Coalition wants, we tolerate corruption – Tony Harris (Feb '20)

                                          View from The Hill: We need to see Gaetjens’ report on McKenzie – not least for Gaetjens’ sake (Feb '20)

                                          Coalition quietly spent another $150m sports grant fund during election campaign (Feb '20)

                                          Hard evidence that Scott Morrison’s office was up to its collective neck in the rorting (Feb '20)

                                          Scott Morrison wants the sports rorts mess to be over with McKenzie's exit. It won't be (Feb '20)

                                          Ministers like Bridget McKenzie have no discretion to break the rules – Prof. Anne Twomey (Feb '20)

                                          Don't hold your breath waiting for the truth on Bridget McKenzie's sports rort – Anne Davies (Feb '20)

                                          Morrison's twisted logic on the sports rort is perfectly Trumpian – and no surprise (Feb '20)

                                          Sports rorts: almost half the projects funded were ineligible, audit office says (Feb '20)

                                          The sports rorts saga has become a political vulnerability that can't be explained away (Feb '20)

                                          Government's sport grants leaked spreadsheet reveals more secrets about the scheme (Feb '20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie's sport grant cash splash is a particularly brazen example of pork-barrelling – David Speers (Jan '20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie's sports grants program may be unconstitutional, expert warns – Prof. Anne Twomey (Jan '20)

                                          The ‘sports rorts’ affair shows the government misunderstands the role of the public service (Jan '20)

                                          Sports rorts: attorney general defends ministers' powers while awaiting McKenzie review (Jan '20)

                                          Sports grants: Coalition rejected 12 grant applications for female change rooms at local sport grounds (Jan '20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie granted $500,000 to Coalition colleague's Northern Territory gun club (Jan '20)

                                          Shameless – Scott Morrison defends the indefensible (Jan '20)

                                          Sport Australia complained about political interference in the Government's sports grants program (Jan '20)

                                          Sport Australia warned Bridget McKenzie's grants program compromised its independence (Jan '20)

                                          Whistleblower in Bridget McKenzie’s office reveals grant fears were silenced Jan '20)

                                          The PM’s upset election win looks very different now (Jan '20)

                                          Bridget McKenzie’s office told ‘not appropriate’ to approve sports grants after applications closed (Jan '20)

                                          We missed out on a sports grant for our club – now we know how unethical the process has been (Jan '20)

                                          Grattan on Friday: Bridget McKenzie has made herself a sitting duck (Jan '20)

                                          Mosman Rowing Club donates paddle to assist Bridget McKenzie escape shit creek (Jan '20) – The Chaser

                                          Federal ICAC would investigate sports grants affair, former NSW auditor-general says (Jan '20)

                                          'Sports rorts' grants explained: how we got here and why it all matters (Jan '20)

                                          Sports grants: rugby club gets funding for female change rooms but has no women's team (Jan '20)

                                          Audit office blasts roll-out of Coalition’s $200m regional jobs and investment program (Nov '19)

                                          Deputy Nationals leader rejected more than 600 grants recommended by Sport Australia (Oct '19)

                                          Election cash splash coming from government grants (May '19)

                                          Will heads roll? Ministerial standards and Stuart Robert (Feb '16)



                                            Foreign Affairs (Policy … Defence … Military)

                                            How Australia sabotaged its own interests in relations with China. | Pearls and Irritations (Mar '21)

                                            Press reset: can the Morrison government rebuild bridges with China – or is it too late? | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian (Jan '21)

                                            In hunting for Chinese spies we hang on for dear life to Anglo-Saxon allies | John Menadue (Dec '20)

                                            Grattan on Friday: China plays reverse ‘poke the bear’ | The Conversation (Nov '20)

                                            What is China's endgame? That's the question Australia has no answer to | The Guardian (Nov '20)

                                            Australia can repair its relationship with China, here are 3 ways to start | The Conversation (Nov '20)

                                            Does Australia really have to be so strident when it comes to China? | The Guardian (Nov '20)

                                            How a 'vast ocean of goodwill' between China and Australia turned sour | CNN (Nov '20)

                                            Australia-China ties are at their lowest point in history, former ambassador says | ABC (Nov '20)

                                            Australia has dug itself into a hole in its relationship with China. It’s time to find a way out | The Conversation (May '20)

                                            The Australian Government is pursuing economic suicide | John Menadue (Sep '20)

                                            ‘The rot goes right up to Beijing’: Why detained professor Xu Zhangrun is such a threat to China’s leadership | The Conversation (Jul '20)

                                            Asylum or economic opportunity? The mixed messages in Australia’s new Hong Kong visa options | The Conversation (Jul '20)

                                            China's coercive behaviour a 'wake-up call', Australia's former top public servant says | The Guardian (May '20)

                                            China has a new way to exert political pressure: weaponising its courts against foreigners | The Conversation (Jun '20)

                                            Behind China’s newly aggressive diplomacy: ‘wolf warriors’ ready to fight back | The Conversation (May '20)

                                            MICHAEL McKINLEY. Australia’s China policy: who rules, who governs and the SAS connection | John Menadue (Jun '18)

                                            Who is in charge of Australia’s relations with China? The Australian Prime Minister or ASIO? | John Menadue (May '18)

                                            UNDERSTANDING CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE | Lowy Institute (Mar '17)

                                              covid-19: economic support & recovery

                                              Save lives or save the economy? That's a false choice – and it's obscene | Australian economy | The Guardian (Jan '21)

                                              New Zealand shows the best strategy for economic recovery is successfully managing Covid | The Guardian (Dec '20)

                                              Data from 45 countries show containing COVID vs saving the economy is a false dichotomy | The Conversation (Nov '20)

                                              No snapback: the budget sets us up for an unreasonably slow recovery. Here’s how | The Conversation (Oct '20)

                                              Past pandemics show how coronavirus budgets can drive faster economic recovery - New Zealand | The Conversation (Jul '20)

                                              Let's look at the Thatcher years (Apr ’13)

                                              Australia needs public spending – but beware the burden of white elephants | The Guardian (Oct ’20)

                                              Reserve Bank of Australia may have to buy state debt if Covid recovery slow, S&P says | The Guardian (Sep ’20)

                                              Albanese says Coalition should use budget to invest in social housing, skills and manufacturing | The Guardian (Sep ’20)

                                              Why it doesn’t make economic sense to ignore climate change in our recovery from the pandemic | The Conversation (Aug ’20)

                                              She won’t be right, mate: how the government shaped a blokey lockdown followed by a blokey recovery | The Conversation (Jun '20)

                                              The big stimulus spending has just begun. Here’s how to get it right, quickly | The Conversation (May '20)

                                              For most universities, there’s little point to the government’s COVID-19 assistance package | The Conversation (Apr '20)

                                              Coronavirus economic recovery committee looks set to push Australia towards gas-fired future | ABC (May '20)

                                              COVID-19: Australia’s fiscal response is now among the biggest in the world | Grattan Institute … % of GDP (Apr '20)

                                              We do not have to worry about paying off Australia's coronavirus debt for generations | The Guardian (Apr ’20)

                                                covid-19: public health response

                                                Ruby Princess passengers let off ship after border force officer confused flu and coronavirus test results (Jul '20)

                                                A foreseeable catastrophe: how Covid-19 swept through Victoria’s nursing homes (Jul '20)

                                                Restaurants on footpaths: why Australia's indoor gatherings should be pushed outside in the Covid-19 era (Jul '20)

                                                Vital Signs: Victoria’s privatised quarantine arrangements were destined to fail (Jul '20)

                                                Scott Morrison says Australia cannot shut down to contain second wave of Covid-19 (Jul '20)

                                                4 steps to avert a full-blown coronavirus disaster in Victoria’s aged care homes (Jul '20)

                                                Multiple sclerosis drug may help treat COVID-19 and lead to faster recovery (Jul '20)

                                                Why Australia should switch course and try to eliminate COVID-19 Grattan Institute (Jul '20)

                                                Experts call for Australia to replace coronavirus suppression strategy with elimination plan (Jul '20)

                                                Scott Morrison set to slow the arrival home of Australians amid coronavirus fears (Jul '20)

                                                Victoria's coronavirus surge could easily get away from us. This is the action we need now (Jul '20)

                                                Melbourne’s lockdown came too late. It’s time to consider moving infected people outside the home (Jul '20)

                                                'They change the rules': confusion reigns for frightened and stressed Melbourne public housing residents (Jul '20)

                                                Overcrowding and affordability stress: Melbourne’s COVID-19 hotspots are also housing crisis hotspots (Jul '20)

                                                Protecting the psychological health of children through effective communication about COVID-19 (Jul '20)

                                                If we want workers to stay home when sick, we need paid leave for casuals (May ’20)

                                                How did the Covidsafe app go from being vital to almost irrelevant? (May ’20)

                                                Whoever invents a coronavirus vaccine will control the patent – and, importantly, who gets to use it (May ’20)

                                                Exclusive: Gov’s $5.8m aged-care app offers ‘no duty of care’ (May ’20)

                                                Coronavirus has left Australian women anxious, overworked, insecure — and worse off than men again (May ’20)

                                                Anatomy of a cruise: how the Ruby Princess came to dock and disembark with coronavirus (May ’20)

                                                Arm yourself with trusted information and support during COVID-19 - Lung Foundation (May ’20)

                                                This weekend is giving Australia its first glimpse of winter. Does that mean coronavirus will get worse? (May ’20)

                                                Job Blooper: A $60 billion ‘error’ proves the wage subsidy has been weaponised (May ’20)

                                                Australians are beginning to act as if the coronavirus is defeated. The biggest danger now is complacency (May ’20)

                                                Worker claims unfair dismissal after questioning cleaning requirement for JobKeeper (May ’20)

                                                Some Australians with a disability left without face-to-face care during coronavirus crisis (May ’20)

                                                Coronavirus weekly: balancing a ‘new normal’ while keeping COVID-19 in check (May ’20)

                                                Could blood thinners be a lifesaving treatment for COVID-19? Here’s what the science says and what it means for you (May ’20)

                                                The government will spend $48 million to safeguard mental health. Extending JobKeeper would safeguard it even more (May ’20)

                                                Stranded without support, international students across Australia rely on free food to survive (May ’20)

                                                Vital Signs: rules are also signals, which is why easing social distancing is such a problem (May ’20)

                                                Coronavirus: Ten reasons why you ought not to panic (May ’20)

                                                How the coronavirus is affecting women’s work in Australia (May ’20)

                                                Protect: Prevention is your best protection (Lung Foundation Australia) (May ’20)

                                                Woman who suffered miscarriage in coronavirus quarantine was forced to return to hotel (May ’20)

                                                The calculus of death shows the COVID lock-down is clearly worth the cost (May ’20)

                                                Australians may not be ready to go back to normal even if coronavirus restrictions are lifted, survey finds (May ’20)

                                                Scott Morrison indicates ‘eliminating’ COVID-19 would come at too high a cost (Apr ’20)

                                                Coronavirus cases in Victoria rise by seven as Chief Health Officer flags total elimination of virus in Australia (Apr ’20)

                                                COVID lockdowns have human costs as well as benefits. It’s time to consider both (Apr ’20)

                                                No, Aussie bats won’t give you COVID-19. We rely on them more than you think (Apr '20)

                                                We’ve known about pandemic health messaging since 1918. So when it comes to coronavirus, what has Australia learnt? (Apr ’20)

                                                COVID lockdowns have human costs as well as benefits. It’s time to consider both (Apr ’20)

                                                Morrison says 'early mark' of eased restrictions depends on uptake of Covidsafe tracing app (Apr ’20)

                                                Australia pushes for global inquiry into outbreak (Apr ’20)

                                                Coronavirus app: will Australians trust a government with a history of tech fails and data breaches? (Apr ’20)

                                                Vital Signs: Modelling tells us the coronavirus app will need a big take-up, economics tells us how to get it (Apr ’20)

                                                'I haven't left my building': life gets harder for vulnerable Australians during coronavirus crisis (Apr ’20)

                                                The $130bn wage subsidy that united unions and Coalition, but left millions in the cold (Apr ’20)

                                                90,000 foreign graduates are stuck in Australia without financial support: it’s a humanitarian and economic crisis in the making (Apr ’20)

                                                Here's what Scott Morrison had to say after the National Cabinet meeting (Apr ’20)

                                                JobKeeper wage system pushing small businesses to the edge (Apr ’20)

                                                Australia's coronavirus relief exclusions prove we are not all in this together (Apr '20)

                                                Aged care facilities sticking to coronavirus visitor restrictions despite federal advice (Apr '20)

                                                New Zealand wants coronavirus elimination, Australia wants COVID-19 'suppression' — but can we have both? (Apr '20)

                                                'We feel abandoned': international students in Australia facing coronavirus alone (Apr '20)

                                                Australians want to open their homes to locked-down refugees. The government should let them (Apr '20)

                                                Australia's landlords and tenants: what support is available in the coronavirus crisis? (Apr '20)

                                                Coronavirus crisis sees evictions banned but some tenants still don't know how they'll pay the rent (Apr '20)

                                                Those talking about a fast end to social distancing should consider the cost paid in human lives (Apr '20)

                                                The Oncology Podcast: Cancer and COVID-19 with Professor Eva Segelov (Apr '20)

                                                Are other countries looking at easing coronavirus restrictions and lockdown measures? (Apr '20)

                                                Transmitting COVID-19 to another person could send you to prison for life. Here’s why this is worrisome (Apr '20)

                                                Smoking increases your coronavirus risk. There’s never been a better time to quit (Apr '20)

                                                Coronavirus has sped up changes to global order and sovereignty is making a comeback (Apr '20)

                                                Corporate suppliers of masks and gowns price-gouging not-for-profit aged care providers (Apr '20)

                                                Australian government experts at odds with health department over using hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus (Apr'20)

                                                Coronavirus data modelling has Australia in good position, but COVID-19 'here to stay' (Apr '20)

                                                Young people are anxious about coronavirus. Political leaders need to talk with them, not at them (Apr '20)

                                                Australian children remain trapped in al-Hawl camp as region braces for coronavirus (Apr '20)

                                                Hotel quarantine a ‘disaster’ and vulnerable people should be allowed home, doctor says (Apr '20)

                                                The two meetings that changed the trajectory of Australia's coronavirus response (Apr '20)

                                                Many hand sanitisers are ineffective against coronavirus, experts warn (Apr '20)

                                                WHO considers changing guidance on wearing face masks (Apr '20)

                                                I am a frontline doctor: here's how you can help me (Apr '20)

                                                If coronavirus cases don’t grow any faster, our health system will probably cope (Apr ‘20)

                                                Now the lucky country must decide: what is our least-worst option on COVID-19? (Apr '20)

                                                Regaining control: the case for a short, sharp lockdown (rather than the slow trickle we’ve had so far) (Apr ‘20)

                                                Australian officials again refuse to release coronavirus modelling (Apr '20)

                                                'Left with nothing': Australia's migrant workforce face destitution without coronavirus safety net (Apr '20)

                                                Coronavirus: what the 2009 swine flu pandemic can tell us about the weeks to come (Mar ’20)

                                                Australian government did not commission coronavirus campaign until a month after first case (Mar '20)

                                                What is the Coronavirus Supplement from Centrelink, am I eligible and when does it start? (Mar '20)

                                                We need a red team for Covid-19 (Mar '20)

                                                Australians in their 20s have more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other age group (Mar ‘20)

                                                Want to Skype your GP to avoid exposure to the coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know about the new telehealth option (Mar ‘20)

                                                Australia is crying out for clearer messaging on coronavirus, 'rambling' politicians told (Mar ‘20)

                                                'Covid-19 will slam the door shut': Australia's family services brace for domestic violence spike (Mar ‘20)

                                                ‘We need a Shane Fitzsimmons’: Government's latest coronavirus advice sparks confusion (Mar ‘20)

                                                Why Australia is not shutting schools to help control the spread of coronavirus (Mar ‘20)

                                                The case for Endgame C: stop almost everything, restart when coronavirus is gone (Mar '20)

                                                ‘Cabin fever’: Australia must prepare for the social and psychological impacts of a coronavirus lockdown (Mar '20)

                                                Coronavirus: Australia orders all arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days (Mar '20)

                                                Scott Morrison addresses the nation about Covid-19 response …and about going to the footy (Mar ’20)

                                                Coronavirus: how long does it take to get sick? How infectious is it? Will you always have a fever? COVID-19 basics explained (Mar '20)

                                                Coronavirus: How behaviour can help control the spread of COVID-19 (Mar '20)

                                                Australian schools stay open amid coronavirus but NSW brings in social distancing (Mar '20)

                                                New Zealand and Australia close borders to foreigners amid coronavirus crisis (Mar '20)

                                                  covid: around the world

                                                    first nations people

                                                    Fortescue accused of 'bullying' Aboriginal groups to allow destruction of sacred sites | The Guardian (Nov '20)

                                                    Rio Tinto did not notify pastoral leaseholder of plans to destroy nearby Juukan Gorge, inquiry hears | The Guardian (Nov '20)

                                                    Rio Tinto still has 1,780 approvals to destroy Aboriginal sacred sites, Juukan Gorge inquiry told | The Guardian (Oct '20)

                                                    Rio Tinto blasts 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine | The Guardian (Jul '20)

                                                    Rio Tinto kept loading explosives at Juukan Gorge after promising to stop, traditional owners say | The Guardian (Sep '20)

                                                    The destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves | The Saturday Paper …Marcia Langton (Sep '20)

                                                    Rio Tinto misled Juukan Gorge inquiry and 'can't plead ignorance' as a defence, committee chair says | The Guardian (Sep '20)

                                                    Rio Tinto condemned by shareholders for seeking legal advice before blowing up Juukan Gorge | The Guardian (Sep '20)

                                                    Juukan Gorge: Rio Tinto hired lawyers for potential injunction against blasting of Aboriginal site | The Guardian (Sep '20)

                                                    More than 100 Aboriginal sacred sites – some dating before the ice age – could be destroyed by mining companies | The Guardian (Aug '20)

                                                    Rio Tinto’s evidence condemned by Juukan Gorge traditional owners after revelation it could have avoided blowing up sacred sites | The Guardian (Jul '20)

                                                    Culture warriors obsessed with statues ignore Rio Tinto’s vandalism of Indigenous heritage | The Guardian (Jun ’20)

                                                    BHP to destroy at least 40 Aboriginal sites, up to 15,000 years old, to expand Pilbara mine | The Guardian (Jun ’20)

                                                    Rio Tinto just blasted away an ancient Aboriginal site. Here’s why that was allowed | The Conversation (May '20)


                                                      Immigration … refugees … asylum seekers

                                                      Refugees and asylum seekers moved from Mantra hotel in Melbourne (Dec '20)

                                                      Australia’s offshore processing policy has made the world less safe, not more (Dec '20)

                                                      Budget blowouts: offshore processing costs $1.2bn for fewer than 300 people (Dec '20)

                                                      ‘Are they just gonna dump us here?’: refugees given a number for a name on Nauru (Dec '20)

                                                      Interactive timeline: what happened to every person caught up in Australia's offshore processing regime (Dec '20)

                                                      Handcuffed asylum seekers 'paraded like criminals' in Australian hospitals, doctors say (Nov '20)

                                                      Use of force in immigration detention (Nov '20)

                                                      ‘My only desire is to hold my son’: the grief of indefinite detention (Sep '20)

                                                      How an inner-city motel became a detention centre for more than 100 refugees (Jun '20)

                                                      Asylum seekers transferred to Australia under medevac laws held in Melbourne hotel (Dec '19)

                                                      For the refugees Australia imprisons, music is liberation, life and defiance (Sep '20)

                                                      Why has a two-year-old girl lived her entire life in Australian immigration detention? (Jul '20)

                                                      Dutton's bid to ban mobile phones in immigration detention centres could be unconstitutional (Jun '20)

                                                      'We are sitting ducks for Covid 19': asylum seekers write to PM after detainee tested in immigration detention (Mar '20)

                                                      ‘People are crying and begging’: the human cost of forced relocations in immigration detention (Mar '20)

                                                      'Hysterical and ruinous': Christmas Island furious over Australia's coronavirus plans (Feb '20)

                                                      "Worse than prison." Australian evacuees on the real conditions on Christmas Island. (Feb '20)

                                                      Leaked photos of Papua New Guinea prison reveal 'torture' of 18 asylum seekers cut off from world (Jan '20)

                                                      Last asylum seekers held in Papua New Guinea detention centre released (Jan '20)

                                                      The Truth about Border Protections (Sep '19)

                                                      Australia's Shame (Sep '19)

                                                      Two-year-old in immigration detention forced to have rotting teeth surgically removed (Jul '19)

                                                      What now for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island in need of medical evacuation? (Feb '19)

                                                      How many more people must die on Manus before Australia ends indefinite detention? … Behrouz Boochani (Jun '19)

                                                      The Paladin scandal is only a drop in the ocean of corruption on Manus and Nauru … Behrouz Boochani (Mar '19)

                                                      Government to pay $70m damages to 1,905 Manus detainees in class action (Jun '17)

                                                      Asylum seekers say Paladin 'doing nothing' for its $423m Manus Island deal (Feb '19)

                                                      It's time to give visas to the Biloela Tamil family and other asylum seekers stuck in the system (Feb '21)

                                                      Biloela Tamil family separated as mother flown to Perth for medical treatment (Jul '20)

                                                      'Relief': appeal win means Biloela family can put claim Sri Lanka is not safe, says supporter (Apr '20)

                                                      Reprieve for Biloela family after federal court rules they were denied procedural fairness (Apr '20)

                                                      How the Biloela Tamil family deportation case highlights the failures of our refugee system (Aug '19)

                                                      Biloela family may spend months more on Christmas Island waiting on court decision (Feb '20)

                                                      How two women from a conservative Queensland town made the deportation of a local Tamil family national news (Feb '20)

                                                      What will happen to the Biloela family held on Christmas Island? (Feb '20)

                                                      Judge tells government to give documents to Biloela family's lawyer after ‘overenthusiastic’ redactions (Feb '20)

                                                      Advocates demand Tamil family be removed from Christmas Island before Wuhan evacuees arrive (Feb '20)

                                                      Biloela family wait in Christmas Island limbo as Wuhan evacuees see out quarantine (Feb '20)

                                                      Biloela family may spend months more on Christmas Island waiting on court decision (Feb '20)

                                                      Four-year-old Christmas Island detainee to be escorted to first day of school by guards (Jan '20)

                                                      Did the father of a Tamil asylum seeker family travel from Australia while his immigration case was before the courts? (Sep '19)

                                                      Australia has ignored the UN's request to release the Tamil family from Christmas Island (Oct '19)

                                                      ‘Fast track’ asylum processing risks fairness for efficiency (Dec ’14)

                                                        climate change (Politics, Economics, health)

                                                        Liberal backbencher urges environment minister to speed up new protections | Australian politics | The Guardian (Feb '21)

                                                        ‘Breathtaking’: what Joe Biden’s sweeping climate plan means for Scott Morrison | Environment | The Guardian (Jan '21)

                                                        Who should pick up the tab for the costs of climate change in north Queensland? | The Guardian (Jan '21)

                                                        Liberal MPs pour cold water on inquiry backed by Frydenberg into bank lending for coal projects | The Guardian (Dec '20)

                                                        World awaits action by 'suicidal' Australia, says former climate chief | SMH (Dec '20)

                                                        NSW's clean energy plan means the federal government is even more isolated on fossil fuels | The Guardian (Nov '20)

                                                        Australia warned it could be isolated over climate inaction after Joe Biden victory | The Guardian (Nov '20)

                                                        Suing for climate action: can the courts save us from the black hole of political inaction? | The Guardian (Nov '20)

                                                        New polling shows 79% of Aussies care about climate change. So why doesn’t the government listen? | The Conversation (Nov '20)

                                                        Does anyone really believe we are going to avert a climate catastrophe? | John Menadue (Oct '20)

                                                        Labor agrees to support new gas projects after public brawl sparked by Joel Fitzgibbon | The Guardian (Oct '20)

                                                        Australian company directors call for more infrastructure spending and a Green New Deal | The Guardian (Oct '20)

                                                        Our world is facing irreversible destruction – and still there's no urgency in Australian climate policy | The Guardian (Oct ’20)

                                                        We want to learn about climate change from weather presenters, not politicians | The Conversation (Sep ’19)

                                                        Instead they saved the Dish | The Saturday Paper (Aug '20)

                                                        Coalition's axing of funding to climate change adaptation body condemned | The Guardian (Jan '20)

                                                        Scott Morrison does not want kids to have 'anxieties' about climate change after Greta Thunberg's speech | ABC (Sep '19)

                                                        As Angus Taylor ducks, weaves and dithers, China zooms past | The Guardian (Jun '19)

                                                          climate change action … Inaction … Denial … misinformation