Thursday, August 27, 2020

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Incredibly, Attorney General Christian Porter has been breaking the law for three years. He has failed to disclose the government's secret prosecutions of whistleblowers and others. The scoop didn't even rate a mention in the rest of the press.

Elsewhere, more exclusive coverage of Angus and Barnaby's #watergate scandal by Kerry Brewster, a good piece on uni bosses overpaying themselves while underpaying staff by Michael Sainsbury, and a top-notch outing by Julie Macken on poverty and the perilous state of Australia's charity sector.

We urge you to watch Friendly Jordies earlier video podcast with our joint venture partner John Menadue, the founder of Pearls & Irritations. Jordan's video podcast with yours truly is here

Your correspondent was also mentioned by Rex Patrick in the Senate yesterday. We are working on a big project on the cozy exemption for Australia's old wealth billionaires.

Kimberly A. Clausing (UCLA), Emmanuel Saez (UC-Berkeley) & Gabriel Zucman (UC-Berkeley), Ending Corporate Tax Avoidance and Tax Competition: A Plan to Collect the Tax Deficit of Multinationals:

Between 1985 and 2019, the global average statutory corporate tax rate has fallen from 49 percent to 23 percent, largely due to the rise of international tax competition. The biggest winners from globalization have received the largest tax cuts. In this paper we propose a solution to replace this race-to-the-bottom with a race-to-the-top. Multinational companies that have low effective tax rates in some foreign countries (what we call a “tax deficit”) would pay an extra tax in their home country. We explain how such a tax should be designed and how it could be collected. The ideal solution would be for all countries to jointly start collecting the tax deficit of their multinationals. We describe how defensive measures could be applied against countries refusing to take part in such an agreement, measures that could ultimately pave the way to global corporate tax coordination.


“They were punishing me for getting sick,” Carlos Hernandez Corbacho said. He is just one U.S. immigration detainee who told us about being locked in solitary confinement after showing symptoms of the coronavirus. To deal with the spread of COVID-19 inside facilities, officials have resorted to placing detainees in isolation. Critics say it's inhumane and evidence authorities are unable to provide civil detention.

Rebekah Entralgo, a spokesperson for the advocacy group Freedom for Immigrants, said there was now a “trend” of people not wanting to report symptoms for “fear they will be placed in medical solitary.” Solitary Voices, our 2019 investigation, revealed that U.S. authorities routinely isolated detainees that it saw as difficult to manage – including the sick.


If you were with us back in 2017, you’ll likely remember the story of Lewis Hamilton from Paradise Papers – the rich Formula One star who used the Isle of Man to reduce the tax bill on his private jet, thanks to the help of offshore law firm Appleby. Well, it seems nothing much has changed. According to a new report by Global Witness, the island had received almost 300 applications for tax exemptions on private airplane imports since October 2011 – saving the owners more than $1 billion. The Isle of Man is now the second-biggest private jet register in Europe.


Listen to our latest Meet the Investigators podcast! This month we speak with Aidila Razak from Malaysia, who talks about the latest court case against her publisher, Malaysiakini and how things have changed over time. Razak also explains how her team reported one of the country’s historic moments by gathering eyewitness testimonies, declassified documents and lots of data. The publication still came with a risk though, with many of her colleagues facing threats of violence.

In a time of sports rorts, travel rorts, conflicts of interest and undue influence, Australia needs a strong, fit-for-purpose national integrity commission, an anti-corruption advocacy organisation says.

A discussion paper released by Transparency International Australia (A FIT FOR PURPOSE NATIONAL INTEGRITY COMMISSION) this month says the current focus on COVID shouldn’t distract from the fact that the Commonwealth is the only jurisdiction without an independent, specialist anti-corruption agency.


The Building Trades Unions Aren’t Just Home to Trump-Loving Conservatives Teen Vogue. Kim Kelly

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When globalism’s obituary is finally written, and the mourners file past in their crisp suits and pantsuits, the cause of death will almost certainly read, the People’s Republic of China.”

The Measure Of Things is a search engine for finding comparative or relative measurements of physical quantities. Want to know how much, how long, how many, how far, how large, how tall, how high, or how heavy something is? Want to figure what weighs 5; 500; or 5,000 tons? The Measure Of Things can tell you what you need to know. With the Measure Of Thingstool, you can take a physical quantity – like 84 kilograms or 23 cubic meters – and see how it compares to a list of famous or well-known objects. For example, 84 kilograms is the weight of about 17 gallons of paint, while 23 cubic meters is about twice the volume of a cement mixer truck. You can use the Measure Of Things to research equivalent measures for several types of quantities, including weight, length, speed, time, height, area, volume, and computer data..”

Poynter – Automated fact-checking can catch claims that slip past human checkers. Here are the two ways they work. They either verify claims by validating them against an authoritative source or article, or use a computing technique called stance detection. “From false claims that drinking warm water with lemon protects against the coronavirus to high contamination rates among NATO troops based in Latvia, the pandemic has been ripe for many kinds of hoaxes and disinformation campaigns. Between January and March, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism noticed that the number of fact-checks rose by 900%, which probably means an even higher increase in fake news occurrences since many of them likely slipped through the net. 

Although media literacy is essential to turning the tide, the use of automation and algorithms could help conduct fact-checking efforts at scale. In his 2018 report, Lucas Graves essentially identified two types of automated fact-checking: fact-checks that verify claims by validating them against an authoritative source or a story that had already been verified, and fact-checks that rely on “secondary signals” such as stance detection — a computing technique that determines whether a piece of text agrees or disagrees with a claim. Here is an overview of journalistic uses and research projects looking at both aspects…”

A poorer retirement is pandemic’s hidden legacy FT

The Battle for Decatur Intercept

Time for action on America’s uneven debt drought FT

How the ‘Useful Idiots’ of Liberal New York Fueled Income Inequality 

Germany’s new statistics on exchange of banking information: a trove of useful data and clues

Stay-at-home orders worked to slow COVID-19’s spread, study shows

ISOLATION DOES WORK: After mitigation measures, the number of cases took more than two weeks to double — compared to less than three days before the stay-at-home order.