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Keeping the bastards honest means filling in the missing pieces.

The Missing Piece


Keeping the bastards honest means filling in the missing pieces.

The Missing Piece

Rosie unravels the tangled web of payments between political parties, their associated entities and government by registered lobbyists and their clients.

The Tangled Web


Rosie unravels the tangled web of payments between political parties, their associated entities and government by registered lobbyists and their clients.

The Tangled Web

Uncovering what the powerful want to keep hidden is a momentous job, yet this work is under immediate threat.

Dark Money In Politics: Expanding The Scope


Uncovering what the powerful want to keep hidden is a momentous job, yet this work is under immediate threat.

Dark Money In Politics: Expanding The Scope

Drill down on local charities in your electorate by who they serve

A Simplified Look At Charities Near You


Drill down on local charities in your electorate by who they serve

A Simplified Look At Charities Near You

Unemployment figures by electorate reveal the true challenge Australians now face

This Is What Three And A Half Million Jobkeeper Recipients Looks Like


Unemployment figures by electorate reveal the true challenge Australians now face

This Is What Three And A Half Million Jobkeeper Recipients Looks Like

This special report provides a window into the murky world of political donations. Updated Feb 2021 with 2019-20 data.

Mind The Gap: An Interactive Report Into Accountability In Political Donations


This special report provides a window into the murky world of political donations. Updated Feb 2021 with 2019-20 data.

Mind The Gap: An Interactive Report Into Accountability In Political Donations

Religious charities receive millions in Commonwealth grants, but not all of them are required to disclose their finances to the regulators.

Shining A Spotlight On The Finances Of Religious Charities


Religious charities receive millions in Commonwealth grants, but not all of them are required to disclose their finances to the regulators.

Shining A Spotlight On The Finances Of Religious Charities

The dialectical relationship between the Australian census and privacy legislation is about to take another turn.

Censusfail: Why It Happened And What It Means Now


The dialectical relationship between the Australian census and privacy legislation is about to take another turn.

Censusfail: Why It Happened And What It Means Now

The article explains the history of the governance of administrative data and the changes I saw taking place to allow our data held by government agencies to be shared with research and commercial interests.

The Data Sharing And Release Act Is Coming For Your Data


The article explains the history of the governance of administrative data and the changes I saw taking place to allow our data held by government agencies to be shared with research and commercial interests.

The Data Sharing And Release Act Is Coming For Your Data

Australia joined the Open Government Partnership in 2015. As we enter consultations for our 3rd National Action Plan most Australians have never heard of it.

The Open Government Partnership: Our Best-kept Secret


Australia joined the Open Government Partnership in 2015. As we enter consultations for our 3rd National Action Plan most Australians have never heard of it.

The Open Government Partnership: Our Best-kept Secret

The adage that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes has never applied to religious charities but new registration requirements mean those enjoying the greatest tax breaks face an uncertain future.

Of Death And Taxes


The adage that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes has never applied to religious charities but new registration requirements mean those enjoying the greatest tax breaks face an uncertain future.

Of Death And Taxes

Rosie investigates whether Australian politicians should be declaring their Bitcoin along with their other investments.

Federal Politicians Should Declare Their Bitcoin Investments


Rosie investigates whether Australian politicians should be declaring their Bitcoin along with their other investments.

Federal Politicians Should Declare Their Bitcoin Investments

There are interesting lessons for older Australians in the budget data.

Budget Enshrines Neglect Of Older Women


There are interesting lessons for older Australians in the budget data.

Budget Enshrines Neglect Of Older Women

The appointment of former IPA Research Fellow as Charities Commissioner has caused internal ructions in the senior ranks of the ACNC.

Ipa Appointee Fails To Attend Estimates


The appointment of former IPA Research Fellow as Charities Commissioner has caused internal ructions in the senior ranks of the ACNC.

Ipa Appointee Fails To Attend Estimates

Ever wondered which companies give most often to our federal politicians? Recent analysis of interests data provides answers.

Our Most Prolific Corporate Gift Givers


Ever wondered which companies give most often to our federal politicians? Recent analysis of interests data provides answers.

Our Most Prolific Corporate Gift Givers

Macquarie university researcher responds to ABS TableBuilder claims.

We Are All Special Snowflakes And Why It Matters


Macquarie university researcher responds to ABS TableBuilder claims.

We Are All Special Snowflakes And Why It Matters

Let’s show ATO whistleblower, Richard Boyle that we have his back.

For Better Or For Worse


Let’s show ATO whistleblower, Richard Boyle that we have his back.

For Better Or For Worse

Religious charities should not be able to hide their wealth- updated with comment from Andrew Leigh.

The Hidden Wealth Of Basic Religious Charities


Religious charities should not be able to hide their wealth- updated with comment from Andrew Leigh.

The Hidden Wealth Of Basic Religious Charities

Receiving gifts and favours is part and parcel of political life. This cheat-sheet provides a bird’s-eye view of gifts and hospitality as it stands today.

Christmas Every Day For Our Politicians


Receiving gifts and favours is part and parcel of political life. This cheat-sheet provides a bird’s-eye view of gifts and hospitality as it stands today.

Christmas Every Day For Our Politicians

Up to one in ten Australian jobs are now performed by temporary workers. This article places this trend into the wider historical context that has shaped a culture of exploitation.

Australia's Migrant Labour Pains


Up to one in ten Australian jobs are now performed by temporary workers. This article places this trend into the wider historical context that has shaped a culture of exploitation.

Australia's Migrant Labour Pains

The OAIC released their quarterly report on the Notification Data Breaches Scheme earlier this week. Read about what this means for your organisation and what you can do about it.

Defending Your Organisation With Training And Technology


The OAIC released their quarterly report on the Notification Data Breaches Scheme earlier this week. Read about what this means for your organisation and what you can do about it.

Defending Your Organisation With Training And Technology

The Koch brothers’ i360 data service is now being used by the Liberal Party of Australia.

Liberal Party Harnesses I360 Big Data In Time For 2019 Federal Election


The Koch brothers’ i360 data service is now being used by the Liberal Party of Australia.

Liberal Party Harnesses I360 Big Data In Time For 2019 Federal Election

What is the difference between spam and phishing and why does it matter?

Don't Be The Next Business To Fall Victim To A Data Breach


What is the difference between spam and phishing and why does it matter?

Don't Be The Next Business To Fall Victim To A Data Breach

A look at the implications for demand on the low-cost housing market of our large intake of international students.

Australia's Student Housing Crisis


A look at the implications for demand on the low-cost housing market of our large intake of international students.

Australia's Student Housing Crisis

A significant number of law firms could be exposed to phishing attacks if they have not set up their anti-phishing service correctly. Here's what you can do about it.

Professional Help Needed: Law Firms Still Vulnerable To Phishing Attacks


A significant number of law firms could be exposed to phishing attacks if they have not set up their anti-phishing service correctly. Here's what you can do about it.

Professional Help Needed: Law Firms Still Vulnerable To Phishing Attacks

This article looks at the potential for collusion between the media and political parties, neither of which are covered by the Privacy Act.

Privacy, Media And Politics: What Are Our Rights?


This article looks at the potential for collusion between the media and political parties, neither of which are covered by the Privacy Act.

Privacy, Media And Politics: What Are Our Rights?

Anti-racism campaigners Sleeping Oz Giants and their followers on Twitter are subjected to defamatory campaign in The Australian.

The Australian Doxes Anti Racism Campaigners


Anti-racism campaigners Sleeping Oz Giants and their followers on Twitter are subjected to defamatory campaign in The Australian.

The Australian Doxes Anti Racism Campaigners

This article explains the recent hack of the national property lodgement database and the risks to legal firms and their users of using SMS in two-factor authentication.

Pexa Introduces MFA But More Guidance Needed


This article explains the recent hack of the national property lodgement database and the risks to legal firms and their users of using SMS in two-factor authentication.

Pexa Introduces MFA But More Guidance Needed

Whistleblowers play an essential role in the stories that hold out institutions to account. This article looks at recent changes in National Security legislation and the 11 point UNESCO framework for evaluation of legislation.

Whistlebowers: The Heroes Behind The Stories That Matter


Whistleblowers play an essential role in the stories that hold out institutions to account. This article looks at recent changes in National Security legislation and the 11 point UNESCO framework for evaluation of legislation.

Whistlebowers: The Heroes Behind The Stories That Matter

The OAIC is charged with governing both FOI and the Privacy Act. This article traces the early years of the OAIC as it weathers attempts to abolish the office by the Abbott Government.

Taking Over The Corporate Regulators


The OAIC is charged with governing both FOI and the Privacy Act. This article traces the early years of the OAIC as it weathers attempts to abolish the office by the Abbott Government.

Taking Over The Corporate Regulators

This article traces the early years of the charities regulator as the Abbott government attempts to abolish the office.

The Ipa's Long March Through The Bureaucracy


This article traces the early years of the charities regulator as the Abbott government attempts to abolish the office.

The Ipa's Long March Through The Bureaucracy

This article looks at the privacy and security issues like to arise with attempts to move election voting online or through the use of voting machines.

Deconstructing The Democracy Sausage


This article looks at the privacy and security issues like to arise with attempts to move election voting online or through the use of voting machines.

Deconstructing The Democracy Sausage

The problem of think tank transparency in Australia has a lot of hurdles to overcome before we will be in a position to understand who is funding them.

The Bumpy Road To Think Tank Transparency In Australia


The problem of think tank transparency in Australia has a lot of hurdles to overcome before we will be in a position to understand who is funding them.

The Bumpy Road To Think Tank Transparency In Australia

If people are going to challenge the activities of the IPA, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the legislation governing its activities.

Getting To The Bottom Of The IPA DGR Status


If people are going to challenge the activities of the IPA, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the legislation governing its activities.

Getting To The Bottom Of The IPA DGR Status

This article explains foregone revenue - all the taxes not collected due to special treatment of certain groups of people and organisations.

Revenue Foregone But Not Forgotten


This article explains foregone revenue - all the taxes not collected due to special treatment of certain groups of people and organisations.

Revenue Foregone But Not Forgotten

The Cashless Welfare Card forces each recipient to share their entire purchase history with the government. In this article, I explain the human rights law that Australia is signatory to and the implications for the government in breaching that law.

Cashless Debit Card, Income Management And The Surveillance State


The Cashless Welfare Card forces each recipient to share their entire purchase history with the government. In this article, I explain the human rights law that Australia is signatory to and the implications for the government in breaching that law.

Cashless Debit Card, Income Management And The Surveillance State

Open data, a new paradigm in policy, technology and activism.

Open Government: A New Paradigm In Social Change


Open data, a new paradigm in policy, technology and activism.

Open Government: A New Paradigm In Social Change