Rick Feneley

Rick Feneley

Rick Feneley is a news and features writer for The Sydney Morning Herald. His column, Then Again, appears on Saturdays. He was the paper's long-term night editor before returning to writing in late 2008.

ABC budget cuts: The fallout for programs and people

Judith Ireland and Rick Feneley ABC managing director Mark Scott will announce on Monday cuts to the service that the ABC provides in response to the $254 million budget cuts announced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The politics of cannabis and compassion: why Tony Abbott is leading the chorus

The hardest question with cannabis has always been the supply of the drug.

Rick Feneley Dan Haslam takes his illegal cannabis a few ways. He blends it into a green smoothie with orange or pineapple juice. He ingests it as an oil.

Archie Roach says loss of Gavin Jones and Deadly Awards a double tragedy for indigenous Australia

Deadlys founder and executive producer Gavin Jones.

Rick Feneley The veteran Aboriginal performer Archie Roach says indigenous Australia is grappling with two tragedies: the sudden death of the pioneering producer Gavin Jones and the cancellation – caused by...

Tamil asylum seekers: Ghosts on the high seas

Stopping boats may well have stopped mass drownings, but is Australia endangering the people it returns?

Rick Feneley, Jason Koutsoukis and Sarah Whyte Australia has secretly shipped asylum seekers back to a regime accused of systematic torture, rape and persecution. The prime minister says Sri Lanka is a country 'at peace'.

Fee offered to Alexander Downer to help free two Australians held in Dubai covered only one detainee

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Rick Feneley Was it a case of diplomacy for sale? Alexander Downer responds to the $60,000 ‘‘success fee’’ he was offered by an Australian jailed in Dubai.

Australian security expert Carl Ungerer says passport failure a massive concern

Italian Luigi Maraldi, left, whose stolen passport was used by a passenger boarding a missing Malaysian airliner, shows his passport as he reports himself to Thai police at Phuket police station in Phuket province, southern Thailand Sunday, March 9, 2014.   Maraldi spoke at a police news conference where he showed his current passport, which replaced the stolen one, and expressed surprise that anyone could use his old one.  (AP Photo/Krissada Muanhawang)

David Wroe and Rick Feneley A terrorism expert says the use of stolen passports on flight 370 ''eerily'' resembles a 1994 attack on a Philippines flight by an al-Qaeda-linked hijacker and represents a ''massive security...

Malaysia Airlines passport theft echoes al-Qaeda agent's bomb attack

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David Wroe, Rick Feneley A top terrorism expert says the use of stolen passports on flight MH370 ''eerily'' resembles a 1994 attack on a Philippines flight by an al-Qaeda-linked hijacker and represents a ''massive security...

Whose ABC is it anyway?

Mucci.

Rick Feneley It was September 2009 when Maurice Newman, then the ABC chairman, paid a courtesy visit to the national broadcaster's Tokyo bureau.

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Turnbull backs ABC after PM's attack

BRW.  Portrait of Malcolm Turnbull Federal Member for Wentworth Communications Minister.  Photographed at his office in Edgecliff Sydney.  Pic by Nic Walker.  Date 11th October 2013.  Photographed for a story by Nassim Khadem.

Heath Aston and Rick Feneley Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended the ABC's independence in the face of an attack by Tony Abbott on the national broadcaster, which the Prime Minister said 'instinctively takes...

Malcolm Turnbull defends ABC after Tony Abbott's attack

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Heath Aston, Rick Feneley, Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has strongly defended the ABC's editorial independence in the face of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's attack on the national broadcaster, which he says...

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Call of duty: Excuse me, General, I need to kiss my husband

Major Jon Lane

Rick Feneley This war story ends with a love story, or quite a few love stories. One of them belongs to Major Jon Lane.

The beer hunter — but it can wait for kissing in action

Major Jon Lane is welcomed home by his wife Sally Beaumont.

Rick Feneley This war story ends with a love story, or quite a few love stories. One of them belongs to Major Jon Lane.

O'Farrell fans flames of frustration as experts warn it is time to act

Barry O'Farrell.

Rick Feneley Two weeks after the worst of NSW's bushfire emergency, the O'Farrell government is refusing to say whether it will consider burying power lines in fire-prone areas or buy back properties razed in...

Rudd saved Labor, leaked polling shows

Jonathan Swan, Bianca Hall, Rick Feneley Labor would have been reduced to a parliamentary rump worse than in the Whitlam defeat of 1975 had it not replaced Julia Gillard with Kevin Rudd as prime minister, according to leaked internal...

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Plenty of voter appeal in Fiona Scott's tilt for Lindsay

Federal Election 2013
Liberal canditate for the seat of Lindsay, Fiona Scott casting her vote at Glenmore Park High on election day. 7th September 2013
Photo Dallas Kilponen

Rick Feneley "It's hers," screamed the front page of The Western Weekender, giving the seat of Lindsay to the Liberals' Fiona Scott a full day before the polls had even opened on Saturday.

Journey without end for couple parted by politics

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Rick Feneley, Negar Salek, Michael Bachelard, Rory Callinan and Alex Ellinghausen Reza Mollagholipour is on the phone from Manus Island, trying to explain how his life came to this. ''It's as black as it can be,'' he says in Farsi.

Back on the road

Lindsay Labor MP David Bradbury meets loacals during his campaigning at Penrith Markets.
21st August 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Rick Feneley The Happy Inn Chinese restaurant on High Street, Penrith, was having a quiet night until Fiona Scott arrived with her happy and high-spirited entourage of about 20.

Soccer club big winner as cheques fly around

Federal Labor MP Bill Shorten announces a $1 million pledge for facility upgrades

Rick Feneley The soccer mums and dads of Concord are overwhelmed. Joe Hockey, the Coalition shadow treasurer, turned up to their soccer club on Saturday with a pledge of $500,000.

Dream of a new life lay dashed on Manus Island

Kate Geraghty Reza (right holding card).

Rory Callinan on Manus Island and Rick Feneley First the people smugglers separated husband and wife. Now the PNG solution has made it final.

Morrison harks to 'integration'

Scott Morrison.

Rick Feneley Man who plans to be Australia's next immigration minister raises prospect of a series of English-test 'barriers' to attaining citizenship, and vows asylum boats would be turned back without seeking...

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