Government paid 10 times what Western Sydney Airport land was worth, audit finds

Published by the ABC on the 21st of September. The Federal Government bought land from a billionaire family at 10 times its market value in a “significant and unusual transaction” linked to the development of Western Sydney Airport, according to the Australian National Audit Office. The 12-hectare pocket of land was bought by the Commonwealth… Read More

ABC: Lawyer X prosecutions doubtful due to lack of resources for ‘mammoth task’, Victorian anti-corruption body IBAC says

Originally published on the 18th of September by Sarah Farnsworth at the ABC Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog has expressed serious doubt about whether any criminal charges will flow from the Lawyer X scandal. The royal commission into the scandal is considering whether individual police officers have committed criminal offences by using gangland barrister Nicola Gobbo against… Read More

How branch stacking drags policy to the right

By Mike Seccombe, originally published in the Saturday Paper 29th August 2020. “Kevin Andrews under pressure to quit over branch stacking allegations”. It’s a headline that could have appeared this week on a story about the Christian right’s efforts to seize power within the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party, except it didn’t. It actually… Read More

Unchecked executive power needs to be reined in – former judge

Media release 10 July 2020. Individual Ministers are bypassing Parliament and making major policy decisions, according to a new submission from the Centre for Public Integrity published today. The submission finds: The response to COVID-19 has concentrated executive power Major decisions of policy and spending are being determined by individual Ministers, bypassing Parliament via delegated… Read More