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Digital-only local newspapers will struggle to serve the communities that need them most

  • Written by Chrisanthi Giotis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Communication, University of Technology Sydney
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This week News Corp Australia announced the end of the print editions of 112 suburban and regional mastheads – about one-fifth of all of Australia’s local newspapers. Of those, 36 will close and 76 become purely online publications.

Getting the chop entirely are small regional newspapers such as the Herbert Valley Express...

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Scott Morrison strengthens his policy power, enshrining national cabinet and giving it "laser-like" focus on jobs

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Scott Morrison has won support for a major restructure of federal-state architecture which scraps the Council of Australian Governments, enshrines the “national cabinet” permanently, and pares down a plethora of ancillary ministerial bodies.

The Prime Minister is shaping the ongoing national cabinet around his government’s central...

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Government to repay 470,000 unlawful robodebts in what might be Australia's biggest-ever financial backdown

  • Written by Terry Carney, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Sydney

In a near-complete capitulation, the government will refund every alleged overpayment it has collected from welfare recipients under the discredited “robodebt” system of income averaging.

Unveiling the automated system in mid-2016 then treasurer Scott Morrison and social services minister Christian Porter promised more “accurate...

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