One of the most powerful public servants in Australia has been exposed to badmouthing political leaders including Julie Bishop and Marise Payne and angling for the promotion of “right-wingers” including Peter Dutton in bombshell private text messages. Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo’s extraordinary private musings with Liberal Party insider ScottContinue Reading

Politicians including the treasurer have defended the government’s inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic response, insisting it is a worthwhile exercise despite widespread condemnation it has been excluded from scrutinising the unilateral decisions made by each state. Treasurer Jim Chalmers doubled down on the merit of the government’s long-awaited inquiry, maintainingContinue Reading

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer has died after taking their own life at the organisation’s Perth headquarters. It happened on Friday at the AFP’s offices on Murray Street in West Perth. The 34-year-old was a Protective Service Officer, and the incident is being investigated by WA Police. AFP CommissionerContinue Reading

A mining giant has apologised after damaging another site sacred to Indigenous Australians in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Rio Tinto have halted work and confirmed they are working with traditional owners after a blast caused damage to an ancient rock shelter near the iron ore Nammuldi mine in the HamersleyContinue Reading