Matthew Doran,

Matthew Doran

Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Recent articles by Matthew:

Afghan prisoner swap likely to free Hekmatullah, rogue soldier who murdered three Australians

An Afghan soldier who murdered three Australian soldiers while serving as a sergeant in the Afghan National Army is likely to walk free in a prisoner swap deal. → Read More

Crossbench SA senator Rex Patrick quits Centre Alliance party to run as an independent next election

Senator Patrick will announce on Monday he is quitting his Centre Alliance party and will contest the next election as an independent. The former submariner took influential politician Nick Xenophon's seat in federal parliament in 2017. → Read More

Federal Government open to more JobKeeper tweaks if economy deteriorates further amid coronavirus downturn

The Federal Government is open to changing the rate of vital Commonwealth income support, with the Victorian coronavirus crisis biting hard and fuelling concerns the nation's economic recovery will be delayed. → Read More

JobKeeper and JobSeeker to change from September as Government constricts coronavirus support

More than 5 million Australians will learn the future of what ongoing income support they will get through the coronavirus economic downturn on Tuesday — and it will be less than they've been receiving over the past four months. → Read More

Coronavirus wage subsidy extension, free childcare, support for apprentices on union movement's wish list

The union movement demands the coronavirus wage subsidy scheme be extended for at least six months and unveils a five-step plan, which includes free childcare, to kickstart the economy. → Read More

Changes to alcohol labelling warning against drinking while pregnant to be decided on

The alcohol industry in Australia is arguing that proposed changes to labelling would cost too much, but a prominent medical researcher says this argument is "an absolute furphy". → Read More

What the 'Palace letters' told us about the Queen's role in Gough Whitlam's dismissal

There's always a sense of mystique with anything to do with the Royals — an establishment which keeps most of its affairs well and truly locked away behind heavy, gilded doors — so the release of the 'Palace' letters was always going to garner significant interest. → Read More

'Palace letters' between Sir John Kerr, Queen released, revealing information about Gough Whitlam and 1975 constitutional crisis

A first look at the newly released 'Palace letters' reveals then governor-general Sir John Kerr dismissed the Whitlam government before telling the Queen, because "it was better for Her Majesty not to know". → Read More

'Palace letters' to be released today are expected to shine light on what the Queen knew about the Whitlam dismissal

Until now more than 200 letters between the Queen and Australian governor-general Sir John Kerr have been locked up inside the National Archives of Australia. Today they will be released to the public. → Read More

New Zealand criminals to be deported after months in coronavirus lockdown

Up to 30 New Zealand criminals are set to be deported from Australia as early as Tuesday after months in coronavirus lockdown. → Read More

China issues upgraded travel warning for Australia

China alleges Australian law enforcement agencies have been "arbitrarily" searching Chinese citizens and seizing their possessions. → Read More

Government powers mean Attorney-General will decide if ABC journalist will be prosecuted

If Commonwealth lawyers decide to go ahead and prosecute an ABC journalist for publishing classified material, they'll have to get the tick of approval from the Attorney-General first. → Read More

AFP charges man over scam emails targeting Labor's Eden-Monaro candidate Kristy McBain

A Sydney man is charged for allegedly sending emails to voters in the Eden-Monaro by-election trying to discredit Labor's candidate in the poll. → Read More

More organisations join National Redress Scheme after being named and shamed

Another two organisations have joined the national redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse, after being publicly shamed by the Federal Government for holding out. → Read More

Government names institutions which did not sign up to National Redress Scheme for child sexual abuse victims

Six institutions, including the Jehovah's Witnesses, are publicly named for failing to sign up to the National Redress Scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse. → Read More

High Court reaches out to 100 former associates who worked during Dyson Heydon's time on the bench

The High Court has written to more than 100 former associates, offering them the opportunity to speak up about conduct at the court during the time former justice Dyson Heydon was on the bench. → Read More

No successor announced one week out from national security watchdog leaving post

The man responsible for the crucial scrutiny of sensitive national security laws ends his term next month, but the Government has still not announced who will take his place. → Read More

How will regional and suburban media survive in a post-coronavirus world?

If buying the local paper or a digital news subscription were tax deductable like a charitable donation, would you be more likely to spend money to keep newspapers afloat? It's one proposal before the consumer watchdog to ensure hyperlocal journalism does not disappear. → Read More

Millions of low-paid workers to benefit from Far Work decision to boost minimum wage

The minimum wage will increase by $13 a week, affecting the pay packets of millions of Australians as the nation deals with its first recession in decades. → Read More

Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne cooperating with authorities on Somyurek investigation

Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne says he is assisting police and anti-corruption authorities after his office was used to secretly record alleged "industrial-scale" branch-stacking by Victorian party colleague Adem Somyurek. → Read More