The Signal

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Sometimes the news can feel overwhelming. But The Signal is here to sort the news from the noise. It's your smart and sceptical dive into the stories that matter, delivered straight to your favourite podcast app every morning.

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Your NSW election cheat sheet

March 22nd, 2019


The NSW election is shaping up to be way closer than anyone predicted, with polls showing Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian and …

Is time up for big tech?

March 21st, 2019


Since the Christchurch massacre, Facebook has been accused of hosting hate speech and live streams of mass murder.

It's the latest in a long list of complaints about the platform, including concerns …

In the words of an ex-Nazi

March 20th, 2019


It's been five days since New Zealand's worst terrorist mass shooting happened in Christchurch, and the hatred and ignorance that drove it remains very hard to understand.

The Australian man on trial …

Why US life expectancy is falling

March 19th, 2019


For the first time since World War One, US life expectancy is falling.
It's partly to do with an increase in suicides, and partly to do with a spike in deaths caused by opioid overdoses.

It's a crisis …

Australia's deadly far right

March 18th, 2019


There are no words to adequately describe what happened in Christchurch on Friday.

But with a 28-year-old man from Grafton in New …

Return of the r-word

March 15th, 2019


Depending who you ask, it's either a made up term, or a warning bell for a recession.

Australia is officially in per-capita recession, but no-one can seem to agree on exactly what that means.

In …

Is six years enough?

March 14th, 2019


Cardinal George Pell is spending his 15th day in jail today after being sentenced yesterday to a prison term of six years with a …

Does a budget airline mean budget safety?

March 13th, 2019


The deaths of 157 people in a plane crash in Ethiopia this week has the world asking some tough questions about how safe it is to fly.

It's not the first time there's been a problem with this type of …

Are we really getting a new coal-fired power station?

March 12th, 2019


There's another big public fight happening about coal in Australia.

It's had a multi million dollar, secretive PR push, and …

Is evolution dead?

March 11th, 2019


A second man has effectively been cured of HIV, but scientists are reluctant to call it a cure.

That's because the method is …

So your caliphate has collapsed. What now?

March 8th, 2019


Islamic State is about to disappear off the map and thousands of men, woman and children who stayed until the bitter end are finally emerging.

Life is about to change a lot for any ISIS supporters who …

Could Brexit kill people?

March 7th, 2019


Brexit is creeping up at an alarming rate, and there's still no deal in place.

On March 29, The United Kingdom is legally bound to leave the European Union, almost three years after 52% of British …

Killing people to save animals

March 6th, 2019


There's a bloody, decades-old war raging all over the world right now, and you've probably never heard of it.

The ferocity of that …

161 years in prison for ratting out the Tax Office?

March 5th, 2019


Whistle blower Richard Boyle helped expose questionable practices at the Australian Tax Office, and now he's facing the possibility of 161 years in prison.

The case comes just months after Parliament …

Is this Islamic State's death rattle?

March 4th, 2019


Islamic State is on the brink of territorial collapse, five years after it established a Caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

The US …

Trump and Cohen: the nastiest breakup in Washington?

March 1st, 2019


There's no doubt left that Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has turned on him.
The man who was one of the President's closest allies for more than a decade called him a racist, a …

Are Catholics in denial about George Pell?

February 28th, 2019


George Pell's spent his first night in jail, as his lawyer prepares to launch his appeal against his conviction on five child sexual abuse charges.

In spite of the unanimous verdict, a lot of …

George Pell: the story we couldn't tell - until now

February 27th, 2019


The world finally knows that George Pell has been convicted of child sex abuse.

Back in December, the man in charge of Vatican finances, a former Archbishop of Melbourne and Sydney, and Australia's …

Plan B to save the world

February 26th, 2019


As the deadline for the world to quit fossil fuels looms, scientists are working on a climate change Plan B.

From building fans to suck in carbon to spraying sun-reflecting gases into the …

Are we OK with selling weapons to the Saudis?

February 25th, 2019


Australia wants to become a top global defence exporter, and has already struck deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab …

My friends or my freedom?

February 22nd, 2019


Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz Muhamat is in legal limbo since seeking asylum in Australia six years ago.

For most of that time, he's …

Helloworld, is this free?

February 21st, 2019


Another day, another political expenses scandal.

This time, it involves the travel company Helloworld, the Finance Minister …

Why would you bother to hack the Australian Parliament?

February 20th, 2019


A foreign government has hacked the Australian Parliament's servers and the networks of three of our major political parties.

It's …

How did a company based in a beach shack snag a $423m contract?

February 19th, 2019


Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have been handed to a company whose local subsidiary was registered to a beach shack.

The …

Can a biscuit be racist?

February 18th, 2019


Alt-right groups have tried to lay claim to everything from the Eureka stockade flag and milk, to Pepe the Frog and Tim Tams, and …

Who can beat Donald Trump?

February 15th, 2019


The next US presidential election is 627 days away, but already Democrats are lining up to challenge Donald Trump.

With at least 11 Democrats announcing their bids in recent weeks, the field is …

Will the boats really come back?

February 14th, 2019


Australia has a new asylum seeker policy, but the details on how it will actually work are still pretty hazy.

The Government lost …

Why is the US trying to overthrow the Venezuelan government?

February 13th, 2019


The nation of Venezuela is turning into an enormous mess.

It's got one of the world's biggest proven oil reserves - around a fifth of the global total - and it's largely in the Government's hands.

So …

What the hell is a franking credit?

February 12th, 2019


Almost no-one knows what franking credits are, but they might decide the election.

Today, we unpack the Labor policy the …

Inside the brain of an internet scammer

February 11th, 2019


You've seen the emails: a little known Nigerian royal has passed away, left you a mountain of cash, and all you need do to claim it is transfer some money to a middleman first.

But there's a lot more …

What are we missing when it comes to Indigenous child suicide?

February 8th, 2019


There's been a spate of suicides in Australia this summer, five girls in a nine day period, all aged between 12 and 15, and all first nations.

Yesterday, the problem was back in the news again, when a …

Did a crypto-baron fake his own death?

February 7th, 2019


You really couldn't make this one up: according to court documents, a 30-year-old bitcoin entrepreneur is dead, his new wife is …

Could climate change make Australia uninsurable?

February 6th, 2019


Right now Townsville is underwater, and large parts of Tasmania are on fire.

Summer in Australia has always been extreme, but some corners of the country are experiencing worse climate-driven …

Was the Banking Royal Commission a fizzer?

February 5th, 2019


Australia's banking and financial services sector's under intense pressure right now, after an embarrassing Royal Commission ended yesterday in 76 recommendations for change.

But the banks have been …

Would you want to know how you'll die?

February 4th, 2019


Genetic testing for serious illnesses is getting better and cheaper, and one day it could be standard practice.

But knowing about …

Up sh*t creek

February 1st, 2019


The Murray-Darling river system in south-eastern Australia is home to 2.5 million people and has an agricultural sector worth $24 …

Bahrain is trying to recall an Australian refugee. Here's how.

January 31st, 2019


Melbourne footballer and refugee Hakeem al-Araibi is still stuck in Thailand, after being detained there while on holiday two …

What's in a bad pill and what does it do to your body?

January 30th, 2019


In the last few days, at least 32 people have been admitted to hospital after doing drugs at a music festival.

That's on top of five drug related deaths in Australia since September.

"Bad pills" get …

Australia's incredible, shrinking government

January 29th, 2019


With a string of ministers announcing early retirement and a run of bad polls, things aren't looking too rosy for Scott …

Australia Day's controversial foreign cousins

January 28th, 2019


Every year the push to move Australia Day grows, with thousands joining annual protests calling on the Federal Government to "change the date".

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Labor Leader …

Who's buying up your water?

January 25th, 2019


The world's drinking water supply is shrinking.

A global survey of 50,000 rain gauges shows that despite heavier rainfalls, less water is making it into catchments because of drier conditions linked …

How insurers could use your mental health history against you

January 24th, 2019


Every year, hundreds of thousands of Australians seek treatment for a mental health condition, but what if just asking for help …

Have we killed the Murray-Darling?

January 23rd, 2019


More than one million fish have died in the Murray-Darling river system over the past few weeks, and with the drought dragging on and more hot weather expected, scientists think more die-offs are …

Why big tech wants your face

January 22nd, 2019


The #10YearChallenge has become one of the big memes of the summer, with users on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sharing photos of their faces from a decade ago, alongside snaps from more recent …

Everything you don't know about the US shutdown

January 21st, 2019


Later today the US government shutdown will enter its 30th day, and while there was movement on a possible end to the stalemate over the weekend, a deal still looks pretty unlikely.

President Donald …

2018: what just happened?

December 7th, 2018


You made it! We made it! It's nearly the end of 2018!

Today is The Signal's last episode for the year, but fear not: we promise to be back in your podcast feed early next year, trying to make sense of …

He gene-edited babies. Now he's disappeared.

December 6th, 2018


Last week, the scientific world was understandably rocked by news that genetically-edited twin girls had been born in China …

Australia's going to get new encryption laws. Should you be worried?

December 5th, 2018


The Government is desperately trying to change Australia's encryption laws, and it had been facing a lot of pushback.

But with just two days left of Parliament for the year, the Coalition struck a …

Can the Government survive until May? Or is it dreaming?

December 4th, 2018


The Federal Government is having a moment.

Or several, to be precise.

More than three months after he was deposed, the former prime …

How China "disappeared" Interpol's chief and got away with it

December 3rd, 2018


It's been more than two months since the former president of Interpol Meng Hongwei was "disappeared" by China, with his last …

Adani's invincible mine: is coal making a comeback?

November 30th, 2018


The world had more or less given up on Adani ever building its massive coal mine in Queensland.

The project has been parked for years, because no-one wanted to finance it.

But yesterday, Adani …

Vladimir Putin's Ukrainian bluff

November 29th, 2018


There's been a skirmish off Crimea, with the Russians detaining Ukrainian sailors amid claims they've violated its sovereignty.

Where do you go when the last, last chance hotel shuts its doors?

November 28th, 2018


For more than 40 years, the Gatwick Hotel in St Kilda in Melbourne provided temporary accommodation to people at risk of sleeping rough, but this year all that changed.

Purchased by Channel Nine and …

Are Victorians more progressive than other Australians?

November 27th, 2018


Most of the polls were predicting a Labor win in the Victorian election, but the size of the swing took just about everyone by …

Is war getting worse, and can gaming teach fighters empathy?

November 26th, 2018


More armed groups have emerged in the last 6 years than in the last 6 decades, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

That trend has come with an increase in brutality, …

Did the mafia get away with murder?

November 23rd, 2018


Yesterday David Harold Eastman's conviction for the 1989 murder of senior Canberra police officer Colin Winchester was overturned …

Why is Donald Trump still friends with a murderous millennial prince?

November 22nd, 2018


US President Donald Trump seems determined to ignore mounting evidence that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In the face of a leaked …

Facebook says it's cleaned up its act. Has it really?

November 21st, 2018


Facing accusations of dishonesty, sneakiness and aggressive tactics to discredit its critics, Facebook has gone on the defensive with a global PR blitz to rebuild its reputation.

The social platform …

Brexit 2.0?

November 20th, 2018


The UK Prime Minister Theresa May finally has a plan to exit the European Union, but it's going down like a lead balloon with her …

Why APEC got so awkward

November 19th, 2018


China's been trying to buy and win influence in the Pacific for more than a decade now, sometimes at the expense of Australia and its allies.

Those tensions really boiled over on the weekend at the …

Climate change 'dominos' to keep you awake at night

November 16th, 2018


We're all used to apocalyptic predictions of climate change, with regular forecasts of doom from scientists.

But what if the …

Are Muslim leaders doing enough?

November 15th, 2018


Last week's deadly Melbourne terrorist attack has kicked off renewed debate about fighting jihadi extremism in Australia.

The …

Should you opt out of My Health Record before tomorrow's deadline?

November 14th, 2018


More than a million Australians have already decided to opt out of the Government's online health database 'My Health Record', but millions more have decided to stay.

The Government has proposed a …

Life as a gay teacher at a religious school

November 13th, 2018


He just wants to teach. But being gay and working for a religious school in regional NSW means that isn't always simple.

Over 30 …

What workplace sexual harassment is really like

November 12th, 2018


New South Wales politics is in meltdown over a disputed allegation of sexual harassment.

Luke Foley quit the Labor leadership on …

What do the US midterms mean for Donald Trump?

November 9th, 2018


It's been a wild week in US politics, with the midterm elections and the demise of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

So what does it …

Are Scott Morrison's videos working?

November 8th, 2018


Queensland will be a key state in next year's federal election, and this week the Prime Minister Scott Minister has hit the road.

His trip up and down the coast has included blitzing local radio …

Hydrogen: Silver bullet for climate change or sci-fi?

November 7th, 2018


Hydrogen is emerging as one way to help the world wean itself off coal, and Australia's in the perfect spot to make a lot of it.

Should you sue over a Facebook post?

November 6th, 2018


The internet is full of defamation, but successfully suing can be eye-wateringly expensive and slow.

So do Australian defamation …

Voting in America is a mess. Could it help Donald Trump?

November 5th, 2018


Donald Trump’s not on the ballot tomorrow, but midterm voters are still passing judgment on his presidency.

But is the US system rigged? And if so, does it matter?

#MeToo comebacks: how soon is too soon?

November 2nd, 2018


The #MeToo movement is more than a year old, and some of the men who’ve disappeared from public life are contemplating a comeback.

Is this one of colonialism's last stands?

November 1st, 2018


The Pacific island of New Caledonia is holding an independence vote on Sunday.

So is this what shaking colonialism looks like in …

If we close Nauru, will the boats return?

October 31st, 2018


The logic behind Australia's hardline asylum seeker policy has always been that it stops the boats.

But as more and more people …

Will the far-right's last online refuge survive?

October 30th, 2018


The man who shot dead 11 Jewish Americans on the weekend was an active member of Gab.

It's a social media site that's marketed as a far-right alternative to Twitter, and it's where a lot of white …

Australia's migrant worker underclass

October 29th, 2018


11% of Australia's workforce is made up of migrants, and most of them are paid less than the minimum wage.

In fact, research indicates the scale of unpaid wages this group is more than $1 billion.

It …

Is Brazil about to elect a pro-torture, totalitarian leader?

October 26th, 2018


Brazil is holding a run off presidential poll this weekend, and odds are it's going to elect Jair Bolsonaro.

He’s known for his …

Is the world headed for a nuclear arms race?

October 25th, 2018


US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up a nuclear treaty which helped end the Cold War.

So is the world headed for a …

Why thousands are crossing Central America on foot

October 24th, 2018


More than 7,000 people are streaming into southern Mexico, fleeing cartel violence and extreme poverty in Central America.

What …

How did the Liberal Party lose the unlosable seat?

October 23rd, 2018


The Liberals capped off a week from hell by losing the Wentworth by-election.

So how did they lose the unlosable seat? And are they about to be beset by independents?

Being a 'worthy' survivor

October 22nd, 2018


Thousands of survivors of child sexual abuse are getting a formal apology, but not everyone is eligible for the Government's …

Khashoggi: the story so far

October 19th, 2018


Details about the grisly apparent murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey are slowly …

A revenge porn arms race

October 18th, 2018


Thousands of Australian women's private nudes and videos are being spread around the internet without their consent.

Are our new revenge porn laws up to the job?

Why winning Wentworth matters

October 17th, 2018


The Government is moving heaven and earth and maybe even an embassy in its effort to win the Wentworth by-election this weekend.

So why is it so desperate?

Are we poisoning our pets?

October 16th, 2018


Pet food is a $4 billion industry in Australia, but it's a regulatory wild west.

So are we poisoning our animals?

Could your divorce get you fired?

October 15th, 2018


It's not just gay kids being kicked out of religious schools.

The list of things that can get you legally fired from faith-based …

Alt-right stealth tactics

October 12th, 2018


Members of the alt-right are covertly joining mainstream political parties, in an attempt to steer Australia politics to the …

How to hide a million people

October 11th, 2018


China has detained an estimated one million Uighurs in secret camps, and it's working overtime to hide them from the world.

So how do they do it, and why?

Quitting the c-word

October 10th, 2018


The latest IPCC report warns the world has just 12 years to avoid a climate change catastrophe, and phase out coal by 2050.

So can we do it?

Does Alan Jones run NSW?

October 9th, 2018


The Sydney Opera House is moonlighting as a billboard, after shock jock Alan Jones threw his weight behind the campaign.

So is he …

Kavanaugh: Could it happen here?

October 8th, 2018


Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been appointed to the US Supreme Court, after one of the most bitter partisan fights in modern …

Paris targets: Are we dreaming?

October 5th, 2018


Why did the Government delay the release of emissions figures that suggest Australia might not meet its 2030 climate targets?

How bad are the numbers?

And can we turn them around?

Why Customs wants your passwords

October 4th, 2018


The next frontier of airport security is your passwords.

New Zealand is the latest country to give Customs access to your devices and accounts.

Is there a way around it?

Can you change your memories?

October 3rd, 2018


Christine Blasey Ford is "100 per cent" certain US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her in 1982, and he's just as sure he didn't.

Is it possible they're both being honest?

Why Indonesians weren't warned

October 2nd, 2018


Hundreds of people are dead after a tsunami in Indonesia, but many could have been saved by an early warning system which had …

Stalking's hi-tech evolution

October 1st, 2018


Technology is making everyone's lives easier, and that includes stalkers and abusers.

There's a new generation of techniques being …

Is the ABC really independent?

September 28th, 2018


The two most senior roles at the ABC are vacant, after the managing director was sacked and the chairman resigned.

So how did we …

Japan's lonely, sexless generation

September 27th, 2018


Record numbers of young people in Japan aren't hooking up, marrying or having kids, and say they're overworked and lonely.

So how lonely are Australians in comparison?

How to get a pay rise

September 26th, 2018


Wage growth in Australia is fairly flat, so if you want to get a pay rise it's down to you.

But how to you do it? And is it more …

What just happened at the ABC?

September 25th, 2018


The ABC's boss Michelle Guthrie has been sacked.

Almost no-one saw it coming, and the reasons it happened aren't clear.

So why …

How your tech could land you in jail

September 24th, 2018


We're surrounded by more technology all the time, and in most cases it's making life easier.

But new tech is also providing police …

When to panic about household debt

September 21st, 2018


Australia's household debt is double the national disposable income.

So what does that even mean, and should we panic?

We explain …

Is aged care fixable?

September 20th, 2018


Assault, suicide, malnutrition and preventable deaths: we're about to find out just how bad aged care in Australia has become.

So …

Can bullying and politics be divorced?

September 19th, 2018


Several women MPs in the Liberal Party say they're being bullied, leading to accusations of a "women problem".

So would quotas …

What drives a copycat?

September 18th, 2018


People across the country keep finding needles in their strawberries.

So are all the cases connected?

Or is it the work of copycats?

Have millennials stumped the advertising industry?

September 17th, 2018


From diamonds to cars, millennials stand accused of murdering some of world's most iconic industries.

Advertisers are struggling to lure this savvy generation back.

How 'fair' is the national anthem?

September 14th, 2018


When a 9-year-old's protest against Advance Australia Fair can set the culture wars ablaze, you have to wonder, what's in an …

Is the International Criminal Court doomed?

September 13th, 2018


The International Criminal Court is supposed to prosecute war criminals, but the US and some other countries aren't fans.

So why does it have so many opponents?

How Sweden's Nazis rebranded

September 12th, 2018


A party that used to be full of Nazis has done really well in Swedish elections, winning about one in six votes.

But has the party …

Growing up trans

September 11th, 2018


There's been a steady increase in kids coming out as trans, with some blaming so-called "gender whisperers" in classrooms.

So …

How to thwart a President

September 10th, 2018


There are signs that a group of conservatives inside the White House is secretly trying to contain Donald Trump's worst ideas.

So what do we know about them, what are their methods, is it working, and …

Australia's underground frog poison scene

September 7th, 2018


Kambo is an Amazonian frog poison applied to burn wounds to bring on "purging".

Some claim it to be a powerful medicine, saying it …

Why you might never stop working

September 6th, 2018


Demographers reckon there's a chance that people joining the workforce now might never retire.

The Government's walked back a plan to lift the pension age to 70, but experts say it'll have to go up …

Democracy icon or bitter disappointment?

September 5th, 2018


Who is the real Aung San Suu Kyi?

From Nobel Laureate to allegations of genocide, what happened to Myanmar's great hope?

Has the Taliban won in Afghanistan?

September 4th, 2018


The war in Afghanistan has dragged on for longer than the first and second world wars combined.

Could the Taliban be about to win?

Where does criminal evidence end up?

September 3rd, 2018


Criminal trials can capture everybody's imagination, with intense interest in characters, crime scenes and key items of evidence.

But what happens to the artefacts once the trial is over?

Chelsea Manning: too dangerous for Aus?

August 31st, 2018


To some she's a criminal, to others a whistleblower.

Either way the Australian Immigration Minister wants to keep American Chelsea Manning out.

So what is he so worried about?

What's the go with the au pairs?

August 30th, 2018


Peter Dutton is in hot water for granting a visa to a French au pair on humanitarian grounds.

Why would he do a thing like that?

Australia's trains way off track

August 29th, 2018


A huge chunk of Australia's rail network appears to be disability unfriendly.

One amputee recalls dragging himself up flights of stairs, others have been left stranded on trains.

When high tech gets under your skin

August 28th, 2018


Ever thought about an implant?

Not there.

In your hand.

You'll never lose your keys again.

Who is Scott Morrison, really?

August 27th, 2018


Scott Morrison, known as Scomo to his friends, is Australia's new Prime Minister.

But who is he really?

And, what does he stand for?

Inside a political makeover

August 24th, 2018


It's been a long week of leadership speculation.

We may end up with Prime Minister Peter Dutton, a man with a reputation as a …

A leadership spill: a story in seven chapters

August 23rd, 2018


Australia has more than its fair share of leadership spills, and most follow a predictable script.

So which chapter are we up to …

What is the mysterious "sleeping beauty" illness?

August 22nd, 2018


Some asylum seeker kids on Nauru seem to be afflicted by a mysterious and devastating condition called resignation syndrome. What is it and can sufferers be helped?

Could Peter Dutton be our next Prime Minister?

August 21st, 2018


Malcolm Turnbull's leadership could be in pretty deep trouble.

So what do we know about Peter Dutton, the man who might replace …

Last chance boot camp for bad parents

August 20th, 2018


Most of us draw on our own childhoods for inspiration when learning how to be a mum or a dad.

But what if you had a terrible …

Why "White Australia" was scrapped

August 17th, 2018


Bob Katter's newest recruit is calling for a return to a "European Christian" immigration system.

He reckons most Australians feel the same way.

Do you?

Why the Government wants to get inside your phone

August 16th, 2018


The Government wants new powers to read encrypted messages.

So why does it want to peek inside your phone?

And why does Australia think it can succeed, when many other countries have failed?

Fake news on trial: has Alex Jones gone too far?

August 15th, 2018


Alex Jones has built a mass following online peddling false and dangerous conspiracy theories.

But with a looming trial and bans …

NASA's mission to save civilisation

August 14th, 2018


Astronomers say solar flares are one of the biggest threats to human civilisation on earth.

In a bid to learn more about them, …

Going blind for beauty

August 13th, 2018


Instagram has put cosmetic surgery on the map.

Fillers, boob jobs, Brazilian butt lifts are all the rage.

But at what cost?

Aftershock and aftermath in Lombok

August 10th, 2018


It's been nearly a week since the first quake hit Lombok, leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless.

So why has aid been so …

Deal or no deal: what's up with Iran?

August 9th, 2018


Donald Trump slapped new sanctions on Iran this week, making daily life there almost intolerable.

So why is Trump picking this …

Missing people: how long do you wait?

August 8th, 2018


Eileen Fahey's son Tony went missing from a bus stop five years ago.

Nobody has heard from him since.

So where did he go?

Is the NEG dead?

August 7th, 2018


The Federal Government's energy solution, the NEG, is looking decidedly wobbly.

It's supposed to be the fix to cap electricity …

Can a small charity and a big cheque fix the Reef?

August 6th, 2018


The Government's handing the Great Barrier Reef Foundation nearly half a billion dollars to fix the Reef.

So what do we know about …

Why can't Uber turn a buck?

August 3rd, 2018


Apps like Uber have all but destroyed the taxi industry, and some Uber drivers are also struggling to make a living.

So who's …

Eviction's imminent for Assange. What happens now?

August 2nd, 2018


Julian Assange has outstayed his welcome at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Will the US charge him with spy crimes?

And if it …

Do white South African farmers need our help?

August 1st, 2018


Dozens of white farmers in South Africa have been brutally murdered this year.

So are the crimes motivated by racism, or poverty?

The big dry: Meet the farmers dealing with drought

July 31st, 2018


Most of NSW and Queensland are in drought.

Farmers are suffering. In some cases, they're refusing to look at weather forecasts because it's too hard to deal with.

Meet the farmers doing it tough, and …

Australia's digital class divide: Will the internet remain fair?

July 30th, 2018


Net neutrality is dead in the US, leaving American ISPs to control what people can see on the internet and how much they pay for …

Has Channel Nine killed Fairfax?

July 27th, 2018


Channel Nine has announced it's taking over Australia's oldest newspaper business. So is it a merger or a murder? And if Fairfax …

Your Super Saturday Cheat Sheet

July 26th, 2018


Half a million Australians are voting this weekend in by-elections caused by the citizenship saga.

What will the results mean for …

What's in your mobile phone?

July 25th, 2018


The world relies on cobalt to power its phones and electric cars, unaware that most of it comes from mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, staffed in part by tens of thousands of children.

Can you delete your online regrets?

July 24th, 2018


Everyone makes mistakes, but more and more of those are being recorded in minute detail online.

How possible is it to mop up those mistakes, years down the track?

China's plan to rate citizens using a 'social credit score'

July 23rd, 2018


The Chinese Government has initiated a social credit system, where people are punished and rewarded based on their behaviour.

The …

How do politicians become corrupt?

July 20th, 2018


Local councils in Australia have a rich history of corruption. So why do the scandals keep happening? And how do the politicians …

Is Donald Trump invincible?

July 19th, 2018


Republicans and Democrats are both saying Donald Trump's gone too far this time, in backing Vladimir Putin over US intelligence.

But will it matter to his voter base?

Why a tiny Queensland town has been overrun with Facebook bots

July 18th, 2018


Facebook claims it's on a warpath against fake news.

So why are there still hundreds of fake news bots claiming residence in a tiny town on the Queensland border with New South Wales?

Think you know the full Thai cave story? You don't.

July 17th, 2018


The rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Chiang Rai cave has been a global obsession for weeks now, but the details have been surprisingly unreliable.

With the help of Four Corners, The …

Is there a Syrian refugee jobs crisis?

July 16th, 2018


Today we check in on the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees Australia took in since 2015.

Research suggests the unemployment rate …

The top Australian athletes you've probably never heard of

July 13th, 2018


It's the golden age for Australian fighters in the UFC - one of the most brutal combat sports leagues in the world.

But very few …

Can power prices be fixed?

July 12th, 2018


How did our energy market get so screwed up?

We're paying 63% more than we were 10 years ago.

Politicians are being asked to fix …

Have US conservatives captured the Supreme Court?

July 11th, 2018


Donald Trump has announced his nominee for the US Supreme Court, in a move that could erode abortion rights for millions.

But is …

How the ‘mythical’ Novichok poison struck again

July 10th, 2018


The deadly nerve agent used against a former Russian spy in the UK has killed a woman who was accidently exposed on the weekend.

Why some murders don't make the news

July 9th, 2018


Some murders lead to nationwide vigils and some you'll never hear about.

Who makes those choices, and how do they do it?

Inside the Thai cave

July 6th, 2018


Twelve boys trapped underground in northern Thailand are surrounded by mud, bats and human faeces.

What's it really like down there? And what will life be like afterwards?

Has Australia ruined Nauru?

July 5th, 2018


Nauru is cracking down on the media, and democracy these is in trouble. So what's going on in the country that houses Australia's …

Can you fire a Senator?

July 4th, 2018


Senator David Leyonhjelm would have been fired from a lot of jobs for his “slut shaming” remarks, but he hasn't technically …

What's so special about Witness K?

July 3rd, 2018


A former ASIS spy and his lawyer could end up in jail for two years. So what did they do? And why does it matter?

Sonic weapons or mass hysteria?

July 2nd, 2018


American diplomats in four different countries have all come down with a similar set of mysterious symptoms after claiming they heard a sound.

The State Department thinks it might be a “sonic …

'They come in packs': women smashing away anger

June 29th, 2018


'Break rooms' are places where people pay to smash stuff. At one in Sydney, three-quarters of customers are women. Why? And can you smash away your anger?

Is plastic-free a pipe dream?

June 28th, 2018


Could Australia quit single-use plastic by 2023, or are we dreaming? And while most states are banning plastic bags, how much can …

Australia's new spy laws: who is the real target?

June 27th, 2018


We might have new foreign interference laws by the weekend, but critics say they're more about stopping dissenters than spies. Are they for our own good? Or are they a trojan horse?

Don’t mention the class war

June 26th, 2018


Australians hate to talk about class, but some politicians can't get enough of it - as long as it helps their case.

So does class …

Bees are dying. Are we next?

June 25th, 2018


The world's bees are dying and without them, humans won't last long.

Australian bees have been lucky so far, but how long can it last?

Is the income tax cut fair?

June 22nd, 2018


The Australian Parliament finally passed the Government's income tax cuts in full.

So what's in it for you, and when?
And can we …

Could Telstra's job cuts help customers?

June 21st, 2018


Telstra's sacking a quarter of its workforce and reinventing itself.

Given the abundance of customer horror stories, can we trust the company when it says things are about to improve?

Kids in camps on the Mexican border

June 20th, 2018


Trump's immigration crackdown means Mexican children are being forcibly removed from their parents at the border.

It's been …

Who trolls a murder victim's Facebook vigil page?

June 19th, 2018


The rape and murder of Melbourne woman Eurydice Dixon has shocked the country, and thousands attended vigils in her memory.

But …

Europe's 'stop the boats' moment

June 18th, 2018


Thousands of refugees will be trying to reach Europe by boat over the northern summer, which means more and more countries are looking to Australia for inspiration on how to stop them.

Is China listening?

June 15th, 2018


The Chinese telco Huawei is massive, and the Australian Government is doing its best to keep the company at arm's length. Is there a risk Huawei might snoop on Australia, or are we being paranoid?

Why are young teachers quitting?

June 14th, 2018


Nearly half of all new teachers leave within their first five years. So what’s going wrong? And can it be fixed?

Not just nukes: what about North Korea’s other weapons?

June 13th, 2018


North Korea isn’t just armed with nukes.

It also has an intimidating chemical arsenal, and a huge capacity for cyber warfare.

What's really in your vape?

June 12th, 2018


Australia might be a world leader in tobacco control, but vaping is a blindspot.

Retailers are selling illegal nicotine vaping …

Flying blind: the North Korea summit

June 11th, 2018


What do you get when you put a North Korean leader and a US President in the same room?

The Signal examines the psychology of two …

Banking bad and getting away with it

June 8th, 2018


Bad behaviour at some of Australia's big banks have seen them whacked with massive fines

But is a $700 million dollar penalty that …

Australian sex workers and the Trump effect

June 7th, 2018


Have Australian sex workers become collateral damage in a US law targeting child sex trafficking?

The Signal investigates.

The pattern to Trump’s pardons

June 6th, 2018


Donald Trump’s been busy of late handing out some pretty strange pardons.

But could the President actually pardon himself?

The Barnaby interview: what was the point?

June 5th, 2018


Channel Seven lost the ratings, Barnaby Joyce lost the support of his colleagues, and the public lost a chance to get some …

Why would PNG ban Facebook?

June 4th, 2018


From dead bodies in your news feed to instant messages with the Health Minister, Facebook is colliding with Asia Pacific politics …

#Metoo: What's the hold up?

June 1st, 2018


There's been a steady stream of Me Too headlines from the US.

From Australia, not so much.

Can you trust the Government to keep your secrets?

May 31st, 2018


Is your sensitive data now less private than you thought?

And could a police raid on a union office bring Michaelia Cash unstuck?

Are there too many cops?

May 30th, 2018


Australia has more than 70,000 police, and the crime rate is down, but police unions want more. How many cops is too many?


Australia’s becoming a nation of renters, but why does renting suck?

May 29th, 2018


More Australians than ever are renting, rather than owning their own homes.

But when it comes to tenants rights, landlords have the upper hand.

The debate the Labor Party's desperate to avoid

May 28th, 2018


The Labor Party is tying itself in knots over asylum seekers, and the cracks are more visible than they have been in ages. But …

Billions are spent on the fix, so why is homelessness rising?

May 25th, 2018


Homelessness has gone up by 14% in the last five years. So why are we recommitting to the same policies that put us there?

The super strong drugs going missing from ambulances

May 24th, 2018


Australian paramedics are getting hooked on fentanyl, and fatal opioid overdoses are up 60% in a decade. So how do we contain the problem?

Who’s watching Australia’s spies?

May 23rd, 2018


Australia spends billions of dollars each year on spying, here and overseas, but where are the receipts?

Ebola - why you shouldn't panic

May 22nd, 2018


Ebola is back, four years after an outbreak killed 11,000 people in West Africa. Can we stop it this time?

Introducing 'Russia, if You're Listening'

May 21st, 2018


What the hell is happening with Trump and the Russia election meddling investigation?

Religious freedom in the age of marriage equality

May 18th, 2018


An inquiry into religious freedoms was called for in the wake of the historic vote for same sex marriage. The findings have now been given to the government, but what will come from it in terms …

The frontlines of the abortion fight

May 17th, 2018


The fight over a woman's right to an abortion in Australia is still played out in the streets. Women who visit clinics risk running the gauntlet of anti-abortion protesters, but NSW is considering …

War in Gaza? And the case of the vanishing athletes

May 16th, 2018


It's been the bloodiest week in Gaza in four years, what now for peace in the Middle East? And why are so many Commonwealth Games athletes refusing to go home?

Life after Defence: what they don't tell you in the glossy ads

May 15th, 2018


Every year, thousands face the challenge of adjusting to life after the ADF. It's more than just hunting for a new job, it's hunting for a new life.

Does Indonesia have a foreign fighter problem?

May 14th, 2018


Indonesia's suffered its worst terror attacks in a decade. Does it have a foreign fighter problem?

And could the US moving its …

Robodebt is here to stay, but is it legal?

May 11th, 2018


The Government plans to extend its controversial automated debt recovery scheme, despite thousands of errors. So why is it so wedded to robodebt?

Could Australia soon be running on empty?

May 10th, 2018


We only have a few weeks of fuel left, so a global oil crisis is the last thing we need. Just how vulnerable is Australia, after …

Is Australia one of the worst places to be jobless?

May 9th, 2018


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The Budget: Economic bible or fantasy novel?

May 8th, 2018


The political class has descended on Canberra for yet another federal budget, but can we trust it?

Would you eat meat grown in a lab?

May 7th, 2018


Is the future of meat fake? Lab grown meat has been proposed as a way to feed the world, but at six-thousand dollars a kilo, is …

What’s pitted a small Queensland town against the Government?

May 4th, 2018


There's a fight going on over a family of Tamil asylum seekers, bundled out of Biloela by Border Force. So why won't the Government let them stay?

Big business is getting all political, but why the secret?

May 3rd, 2018


Corporate Australia wants pro-business policies - no surprises there. So why is the left in a lather? And why all the secrecy …

Will the Pope stand by George Pell?

May 2nd, 2018


George Pell is one of the Pope's most trusted aides, but how will the Pontiff deal with the Cardinal's trial on sexual offence charges? And Israel wants to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal - why?

Good deal or debt trap?

May 1st, 2018


Australians are flocking to Afterpay to shop online, but the buy-now, pay-later scheme doesn't have to check if they can afford it. Is it time for a crackdown?

Are we finally going to stop taxing tampons?

April 30th, 2018


There's a long list of exemptions from the GST, including viagra and condoms, but pads and tampons never made the cut. Labor is ramping up its campaign to change that.

A vital wetland is dying: why is the Coorong up the creek?

April 27th, 2018


Australia has poured $8 billion into fixing the Murray Darling Basin, but experts say it's worse than ever. And one of the country's most important wetlands has been hung out to dry.

Incels explained: The subculture linked to Toronto's van attack

April 26th, 2018


The man accused of running down ten people in Canada sees himself as an ‘Incel’.

He was talking about an internet community of …

Should our pollies be able to hire family? And experts say stop poking the crocs!

April 24th, 2018


Former Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce says it's insane that partners of MP's can't work for them.

And teasing and poking crocodiles for social media may be getting out of hand.

Baying for banking blood, and what's North Korea up to?

April 23rd, 2018


The Royal Commission has laid bare the greed and deceit of the financial sector. Is this a tipping point? And there's a lot of good will coming from North Korea. Is it too good to be true?

Why is China cosying up to our nearest neighbour?

April 20th, 2018


John Howard once described Papua New Guinea as our “patch”, so why is China splashing cash in our back yard?

Is Work for the Dole putting lives at risk?

April 19th, 2018


It's two years since a teenager died on a Work for the Dole site in Queensland and his family is still waiting for answers. But …

Should the Government track your health history?

April 18th, 2018


The Australian Government is surging ahead with a new "opt out" database of everyone's health records. So why are privacy advocates terrified? 

What do Fox News and the Russian propaganda machine have in common?

April 17th, 2018


Russia and the US far-right have united to condemn Donald Trump's decision to conduct retaliatory air strikes in Syria. But why do the Kremlin and Fox News hosts have the same talking points?

Working dead - the contracts that refuse to die

April 16th, 2018


Thousands of workers are trapped in "zombie" contracts that wouldn't be allowed under today's industrial laws. But they're …

Why are Australia's elite marathon runners getting slower?

April 13th, 2018


We're getting better, stronger and faster in so many sports, but not the marathon. So why haven't we broken the Australian national record since Rob de Castella set it, back in 1986?

Why the world draws the line at chemical weapons

April 12th, 2018


Syria's people are bombarded every day, but it's one attack that's focussed the world's attention. So why are chemical weapons so …

Is the Mueller probe closing in on Donald Trump?

April 11th, 2018


The President is livid, but there's not much he can do about the ongoing investigation into his personal connections. So what were the FBI looking for when they raided his lawyer's office? And just …

Why can't we ban live exports?

April 10th, 2018


Everyone says the latest footage of dead and dying sheep bound for the Middle East is unacceptable, but the Government won't consider a ban. So do we have to accept a certain level of cruelty?

Thirty! The Newspoll milestone no PM wants to reach

April 9th, 2018


Should losing 30 consecutive Newspolls be grounds for changing PMs? We take a closer look at what's become an unpopularity …

A trade war? Aussie winemakers will drink to that!

April 6th, 2018


We keep being told there are no winners in a trade war, but if China slaps higher tariffs on the US, it could be good news for …

State versus social media - the pressure to rein in Russian bots

April 5th, 2018


Experts say 30 million Twitter users aren't actually human. So what's with those bots fuelling social unrest? And is Russia responsible?

Power struggle - coal versus the NEG!

April 4th, 2018


The PM is staring down a bunch of backbenchers who say more coal fired power stations would deliver cheaper, reliable energy. But …

Going for gold - what does it take?

April 3rd, 2018


We'll be cheering for gold at the Commonwealth Games, but have you ever thought about what it takes to get there in the first …

How bad are the banks?

March 30th, 2018


Two weeks in, and the Banking Royal Commission has already heard plenty of stories of hardship and loss. But do the big banks have a responsibility to protect customers from themselves?

Is Australia's auction obsession keeping you out of the housing market?

March 29th, 2018


The nation's fixation with auctions is inflating prices and fuelling an already overheated market. What are the tricks auctioneers use to get you to part with your money?

And Russia versus the rest. …

No deal! The pitfalls of negotiating with a difficult Senate

March 28th, 2018


What does a paedophile crackdown have to do with company tax? We look at the lengths the Government will go to, to get its legislation through the Parliament.

Don't care about super? You'll regret it!

March 27th, 2018


Millions are missing out on superannuation, as more and more workers move into the gig economy.

And Egypt votes for a new president, but the outcome is already clear. So, what happened to all those …

The big cricket balls up and making the world a darker place

March 26th, 2018


Australian cricket is in a world of pain, but what does the ball tampering scandal tell us about the culture of cricket. And the …

The seedy sites where men trade women's pics

March 23rd, 2018


There's a secretive online world where men trade explicit images of Australian women without their consent, but it's only the tip of the iceberg.

Are we failing Indigenous children, again?

March 22nd, 2018


Forty-eight thousand Australian kids are in care, and more than a third are Indigenous.

And if Australia's skilled migration program is so great, why are we changing it?

Could a Facebook quiz swing an Australian election?

March 21st, 2018


Australian political parties are distancing themselves from Cambridge Analytica, but data driven campaigns are already a reality …

Fires in autumn - is this the new normal?

March 20th, 2018


A longer, fiercer fire season. The experts say we'd better get used to it.

And why bother with sanctions against North Korea, if they're not really working?

SA Best fails the test

March 19th, 2018


Nick Xenophon is pondering his future. What just happened in South Australia?

And the neighbours have some strong words for China and North Korea, but are they listening?

What do young Russians think about Putin?

March 16th, 2018


Russia goes to the polls this weekend, and Vladimir Putin has it in the bag.

But are young voters turning against Russia's …

Trump, Tillerson and the trouble with torture

March 15th, 2018


Rex Tillerson is out and Mike Pompeo is the new Secretary of State. But that's created a vacancy at the top of the CIA.

So, what do we need to know about the agency's first female director, Gina …

Nick Xenophon for Premier?

March 14th, 2018


Nick Xenophon and his SA Best team are storming the political landscape in South Australia, but can he really become Premier?

And …

What's holding up that national redress scheme?

March 13th, 2018


Canberra's blaming the Church, the Church is blaming Canberra, and it seems everyone is blaming the states.

So who is dragging their feet on a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual …

Banks behaving badly and the big business of dying

March 12th, 2018


The Financial Services Royal Commission starts public hearings this week, but if you're looking for banking blood you may be …

Spooked spies and the trade war Trump promised

March 9th, 2018


With the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, former spooks everywhere are looking over their shoulders.

And should we be worried about a …

When good drones turn bad

March 8th, 2018


Drones are getting smarter and scarier. Researchers have developed a new drone which can read your vital signs.

The dark world of deep fakes and is Australia a good neighbour?

March 7th, 2018


Australia and East Timor resolve their border battle, but they're still fighting over the spoils of the sea. And we explain the …

Is Xi Jinping the new Chairman Mao?

March 6th, 2018


Xi Jinping wants to scrap presidential terms, meaning he could be president for the rest of his life. Does this mean China is …

Spare a thought for political staffers; and actors weigh in on #MeToo

March 5th, 2018


Aspiring Australian actors weigh in on the entrenched culture of sexual harassment in their industry. And after a tough few …

Hobart house prices hit the roof, and the massive cost of being trans

March 2nd, 2018


For trans people, gender reassignment surgery can cost a a fortune. Experts say it's life saving, so should it be fully covered …

Why are Australian cities getting so hot?

March 1st, 2018


Do you get the sneaking suspicion our cities are getting hotter? We've just had another record summer, and it turns out we've been building our cities wrong.

And call it supply-side economics, call it …

Are young people more tolerant of domestic violence?

February 28th, 2018


A new national snapshot of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia reveals some surprising attitudes from young people.

Tracks and Snatch: How sexist is the dance music scene?

February 27th, 2018


We've uncovered a secret Facebook group where some of the biggest names of Aussie dance music traded degrading pictures of women without their consent.

Are Australia's gun laws all they're cracked up to be?

February 26th, 2018


Today we're peering into the secretive world of Coalition agreements. And are Australia's gun laws all they're cracked up to be?

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