How the government contracts and pays suppliers in a pandemic demands transparency and strict standards. Some say New Zealand can do better.
It may have seemed the platforms were taking a confident stance by appealing to Australian users directly. But really, it was a delayed and panic-based reaction.
Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts.
New technologies and user-level data mean that wealthy companies can influence our politics in ways not open to ordinary people.
Australian politics’ ‘revolving door’ is undermining efforts to counter lobbying and potential corruption, and the regulation system is hopelessly flawed.
Despite impassioned pleas for gun control legislation after 2018’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, Congress has failed to pass meaningful reform. Why doesn’t policy follow public opinion?
A legal loophole could grant computer systems many legal rights people have – threatening human rights and dignity and setting up some real legal and moral problems.
The nation’s biggest gun advocacy group operates as a bundle of distinct organizations. It’s a fairly common arrangement, followed also by the likes of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
More than 180 individuals have moved between senior public service roles and the fossil fuel industry in Australia over the past decade - providing a golden escalator for former senior politicians.
Countries such as Canada offer Australia clear lessons on how to better police lobbying.