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Australian media are in decline. The Fourth Estate reminds us why we need them

16 July 2018 | The Guardian

The scene is the New York Times newsroom. The paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, is watching the Trump inauguration on television. “Wow,” he murmurs. “What a story. What a fucking story. OK, let’s go.”

Covering the reporters covering Donald Trump, The Fourth Estate is a documentary filmed inside the New York Times over a 16-month period. Over four episodes we see how much the Trump presidency has accelerated the news cycle. The reporters

Royal commission prepares for super industry showdown

09 July 2018 | Adele Ferguson

As the royal commission prepares for a showdown with the $2.6 trillion superannuation industry on August 6, it has assigned a team to trawl through submissions, meet key players and comb various reports including the Productivity Commission's landmark draft report into super.

India named the most dangerous country in the world for women

04 July 2018 | Kelly Hughes

India has been named the most dangerous country in the world for women. War-torn countries including Afghanistan and Syria were ranked second and third, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia, in a survey conducted by global experts from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The same day Malcolm gets his pay rise, thousands have penalties cut

27 June 2018 | The Age

Fact 1: Next week on July 1, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will enjoy a weighty pay rise, meaning he’ll pocket more than $538,000 over the next year.


Student debt: how the government's Hecs changes will affect you

27 June 2018 | The Guardian

From Sunday, thousands of students and graduates across the country will have to start paying off their debts earlier than expected.

Shooting the messenger: the 'chilling effect' of criminalising journalism

24 June 2018 | The Guardian

At a time when journalists have never been more needed to explain the complexities of an increasingly integrated world, they have never been more under threat: jailed in increasing numbers by some of the more authoritarian administrations, threatened with prosecution in the countries which have democratic governments.

There is a real possibility that the overreach of national security laws in the west will damage the very commodity that heightened internet surveillance is supposedly designed to protect: security and liberty.

CBA to spin off wealth management and mortgage broking arm

24 June 2018 | The SMH

Commonwealth Bank of Australia plans to demerge its wealth management and mortgage broking businesses, CFS Group, and undertake a strategic review of its general insurance business, including a potential sale.

CFS Group will include CBA’s Colonial First State, Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM), Count Financial, Financial Wisdom and Aussie Home Loans businesses.

News of the spin-off came as chief executive Matt Comyn also announced six appointments and changes to his leadership team.

Who's better on tax for you? Labor or Liberal?

19 June 2018 | The Age

Labor’s declaration that it won’t vote for stage two and stage three of the Coalition’s tax plan has suddenly made the choice at the next election clear.

But whether you are better off under Labor or the Coalition after that election depends on how far out you look.

Telstra to axe 8,000 jobs

19 June 2018 | The Age

Telstra CEO Andy Penn has announced a drastic plan to cut costs at the struggling carrier, including a reduction of 8,000 jobs from its workforce, about a quarter of its total headcount.


PwC sent anonymous #metoo report

19 June 2018 | AFR

The letter arrived without warning in the mailboxes of almost two dozen senior partners of PwC Australia, including chief executive Luke Sayers, late last year.

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