VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the Pacific Islands Forum wash-up, media freedom and the public service

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Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia's inaction on climate change

The Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu this week has ended in open division over climate change. Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, g...

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Glamorising violent offenders with 'true crime' shows and podcasts needs to stop

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Case in Victoria could set new legal precedent for stealthing, or removing condom during sex

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The exquisite blotched butterfly orchid is an airy jewel of the Australian landscape

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No, eating chocolate won't cure depression

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Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?

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What is an inverted yield curve? Why is it panicking markets, and why is there talk of recession?

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The regions can take more migrants and refugees, with a little help

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The latest action plan to tackle violence against women isn’t perfect, but it takes a much-needed holistic approach

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Sydney stabbing shows reporters should not censor what they report on Twitter - as long as it's verified

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Who is responsible when an inmate commits suicide?

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Too many people think satirical news is real

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Free college proposals should include private colleges

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Today on Media Files, it’s journalism versus the big banks. We’re hearing from Adele Ferguson, the celebrated journalist who many credit as the driving force behind the banking royal commission.

Adele Ferguson is a reporter with the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age and a columnist for the Australian Financial Review. Over many years, her reporting has exposed the way financial institutions have flouted the rules and how regulators like the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have consistently failed to hold financial institutions to account.

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