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A final goodbye to Abdul, the latest man to die in Australian detention

Abdul Aziz, a 23-year-old Afghan asylum seeker, died in detention. Crikey was invited by his family and friends to exclusively bear witness before his body was sent home.

Politician turned comedian Boris Johnson gaffes his way into power

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.

Reluctant government reveals chaos in a stacked AAT

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.

Is Boris Johnson already in hot water with Trump?

New UK PM Boris Johnson will have a hard time spinning old comments of US counterpart Donald Trump's 'stupefying ignorance'. Plus, other tips of the week.

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

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

Why Ten’s MasterChef play failed to pay off

Ten announced the departure of MasterChef's long-running judges in a bid to bolster the show's sinking ratings. Was it worth it?


The stark reality of modern slavery in Australia

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

Is China’s detention of Yang Hengjun a line in the sand for Australia?

Australia's delayed response to the Australian writer's detention marks a new benchmark in tensions with China.

How do we fix ministerial standards?

Crikey readers discuss seemingly "unbreachable unenforceable" ministerial standards, and the spread of visa scams.

Boris Johnson steps up to prime ministership

Boris Johnson steps up to prime ministership

Good morning, early birds. Boris Johnson has been confirmed as the UK's next prime minister, and Australian police agencies have been accused of conducting illegal metadata searches. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

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How you become Australia’s most powerful bureaucrat

What drives Mike Pezzullo — and how has he earned the title of Australia’s most powerful public servant?


Can Australian companies escape doing deals with dictators?

Few places are considered off limits for Australian mining companies operating in Africa, including Eritrea, one of the most repressed and politically unstable places in the world.

A day in the life of a teacher

'The raw energy of a grade one classroom on a Monday morning is like being inside a football locker room before a big match.'

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Is the Morrison government going to rewrite streaming laws?

With Howard-era streaming regulation on the chopping block, experts are asking how the government will settle archaic broadcasting laws that have allowed Netflix to thrive.

Indigenous innovations and inventions you may not have heard about

Australia has a history of Indigenous innovation dating back millennia, much of which has been kept from the history books by institutionalised racism. Now, some are trying to change that.

Why I sued Malcolm Roberts (and won)

Why did an ordinary citizen take a One Nation senator to court over his breach of Section 44? To prove that no politician is above the law.

All aboard the Boris bus: how the media fuelled the would-be PM

Boris Johnson's career has been endlessly propelled by the media’s self-flagellating narrative of 'charm' and 'inevitability'.

Game Uber, man!

This week: East German Vogue, the rise and rise of weirdness, the farce of Uber, and the lies Beijing told itself in 1989.

Boris’ day: Johnson shambles closer to victory

In the lead-up to a final vote, the campaign to elect the Conservative Party's next leader has taken some surprising twists.

The making of Britain’s Donald Trump

Boris Johnson is best known for his history of lying, racism, and downright buffoonery, leading many to wonder whether Britain's next prime minister has more in common with Donald Trump than a shockingly blonde mop.


They really said that?

You might try and get some easy press on this, but the reality is we have a growing number of international students, of tourists coming to our country and that is a great thing.


The Defence Minister, who represents Peter Dutton in the Senate, claims the large blowout in bridging visas and airplane arrivals is a byproduct of international students and tourists.


Over the moon landing

This week: by rocket to the moon, fake news as trauma response, when cheerleading becomes a survival mechanism, and stopping coercive control.


Our perfect ministerial standards — full of holes and unenforceable

The Commonwealth ministerial standards are almost impossible to breach, can't be properly monitored, and are unenforceable anyway. Which makes them perfect.

The illegal immigrants our government is all too happy to overlook

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.

If commercial TV has any credibility at all, Calombaris must go 

George Calombaris' offences are a direct affront to the food industry that both he and MasterChef purport to support and glorify. Network Ten must make a stand.

The government resumes its war on returning foreign fighters

The Australian government has for years tried to delay or block Australian citizens from returning from overseas war zones. Crikey looks at the legal hurdles still standing in the way.

What is the ABC for?

Crikey tries to unravel and distill some of the crucial questions we think the ABC should be asking itself in this post-Guthrie/Milne era.

The dangerous devolution of Australian op-eds

As the line between fact and fiction continues to blur, the integrity of journalism is rapidly falling away.

Media starts drumbeat for war on Iran

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

Murdoch and mainstream media win big in funding handouts

The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas has awarded handouts to some of the richest media organisations in the country, including The Australian and AFR. It raises the question: what do they need the money for?

Is the Morrison government going to rewrite streaming laws?

With Howard-era streaming regulation on the chopping block, experts are asking how the government will settle archaic broadcasting laws that have allowed Netflix to thrive.

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