Background Briefing


Fiji silenced part 2: Controlling the message

First-hand accounts and leaked documents reveal the extent of the Fijian government’s control over the media and public service.

Fiji silenced part 1: China's secret mission exposed

Why did Chinese police enter Fiji and deport seventy-seven of their own citizens? Hagar Cohen investigates.

WestConnex: good debt or bad debt?

As the government talks up its commitment to infrastructure, some experts are querying whether the nation’s biggest transport project will solve the problem it was designed to fix. Paddy Manning investigates.

The schools squeeze: how the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms

An explosion in the number of high-rise apartments across our capital cities is dramatically driving up student enrolments, resulting in "jam-packed" public schools. Too many students and not enough classrooms. How did government's get it so wrong?

The extra mile: why Aboriginal leaders want Victoria's child protection system reformed

The number of Aboriginal children in Victoria's child protection system has gone up by 70% in just three years. Now Aboriginal leaders in Victoria are saying enough is enough, and are calling for a new approach to stop so many children being removed. Victoria's Commissioner...