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Michael Bachelard

Michael Bachelard is Fairfax Media's Indonesia correspondent. A former political reporter and workplace relations writer, he was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship in journalism in 2005. He is the author of Behind The Exclusive Brethren.

Education scandal: ACCC hits Phoenix Institute for false, misleading, unconscionable conduct

Michael Bachelard Consumer commission moves against allegedly dodgy college, but can it get the taxpayers $106 million back?

Dodgy vocational colleges using laptop lure despite government crackdown

Tasmin Watson, 18, and her mother Lenore Lutanichi.

Michael Bachelard 'The government is offering laptops'. Hidden video shows how dodgy vocational colleges are still selling courses to the poor.

Paris attacks: Why France? Is it particularly vulnerable to terrorism?

A weekly market in the multicultural Bondy suburb of Paris, where beneath the surface tensions are bubbling.

Michael Bachelard Why, for the second time in less than a year, has Paris been hit with a mass casualty attack by Islamist terrorists? Is France uniquely vulnerable to these attacks? 

Vocational college allegedly preys on Aboriginal communities

Unique International College chief executive Amarjit Khela

Michael Bachelard Court action against a dodgy vocational college has laid bare the ruthless tactics used to reap millions of dollars of taxpayer money from the Commonwealth.

Blair Cottrell, rising anti-Islam movement leader, wanted Hitler in the classroom

Blair Cottrell, pictured in one of his Facebook posts.

Michael Bachelard, Luke McMahon A man who was briefly leader of Australia's most vocal anti-Islam street movement, the United Patriots Front, has a history online of supporting far-right causes, including wanting to hang a picture...

Vocational college Phoenix Institute set to lose registration after ripping off taxpayers

Euroa couple Jacinda and Arthur Eastham, who were sold a course by a Phoenix Institute salesman.

Michael Bachelard, Matthew Knott and Henrietta Cook A Fairfax investigation exposed a dodgy vocational college, which will now lose its registration

Sapper and bomb-sniffer dog memorial contains layers of emotion

Melbourne sculptor Ewen Coates has just completed the newest addition to the War Memorial commemorating

Michael Bachelard Man and dog gaze into each others eyes, the electric space between them fizzing with currents of devotion, trust and shared endeavour.

Vocational education: how the shonks and shysters took control

Michael Bachelard Billions of taxpayer dollars have pumped up the profits of private companies that often have little experience in education.

Exclusive Brethren leader Bruce Hales says man 'in torment' should kill himself

Bruce D. Hales, Sydney-based leader of the Exclusive Brethren, pictured with his wife Jennifer.

Michael Bachelard The wealthy businessman says the man should prefer to die rather than talk to members of his family who had left the sect.

Vocational colleges preying on retirees in trawl for government cash

Warwick Martell, 87, was enrolled with 60 other residents of his retirement home in a computer course.

Michael Bachelard  Warwick Martell wonders why, at 87 and firmly retired, the Victorian government would pay to equip him with computer skills for the workforce of the future?

Phoenix Institute under investigation and may lose vocational registration

Nikhil Talwar

Michael Bachelard, Matthew Knott, Henrietta Cook The vocational college at the centre of rorting allegations reported in Fairfax Media will be investigated immediately and may lose its permission to bill the federal government...

Place of worship ban among tough restrictions on former terror suspect teen Harun Causevic

Harun Causevic leaves court after having terror charges dropped by prosecuters.

Michael Bachelard, Chris Vedelago A teenage former terror suspect who had charges against him dropped for lack of evidence has been hit with a highly restrictive control order that restricts him to worshiping in one mosque only, and...

Vocational education, the biggest get-rich quick scheme in Australia

Arthur and Jacinda Eastham

Michael Bachelard, Henrietta Cook, Matthew Knott It's grown from nothing to costing taxpayers $4 billion this year, and growing fast, and there are few controls. Now the salesmen and shysters are in charge of Australia's vocational education system.

Disabled and living in public housing: the victims of a private training college

 Jacinda and Arthur Eastham

Henrietta Cook, Michael Bachelard Despite being told they had intellectual disabilities, the Phoenix Institute salesman who knocked on the Easthams' housing commission door put them under pressure to sign up for expensive...

After Abbott: anti-Islam right-wingers confused about who to vote for

A video showing UPF organiser Shermon Burgess shooting a rifle.

Michael Bachelard Australia's radical, anti-Islam right-wing has reacted with horror to Tony Abbott's ousting by Malcolm Turnbull, threatening an exodus to minor parties and more "boots on the ground" in protest.

Joshua Goldberg, the fake Aussie jihadist, had a hand in every online fight

Joshua Goldberg

Elise Potaka, Luke McMahon, Michael Bachelard The young Florida man who was arrested after posing as an Australian jihadist was a key player in a large number of online controversies, including the smear campaign against an American black...

Death penalty: Australian Federal Police dobs 1847 suspects

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad in Indonesia in April.

Michael Bachelard The Australian Federal Police have put more than 1800 people at risk of the death penalty, mainly in Asia, in the past five years, by cooperating with foreign police forces.

Bali police see tourists as ATMs: 'kick them and they spit out money'

From left:  Nick Russian, Dan Beckwith and Simon Phan holidaying in Bali for Mark Ipaviz's buck's celebrations.

Michael Bachelard To corrupt police, foreigners are "fantastic, low risk targets".

Sean Price's brutal criminal past detailed in new court documents

Michael Bachelard As a teenager, Sean Price followed a woman and her two young children from the shops, forced his way into her home, before punching her, threatening to kill the children, and digitally...

Sean Price was on bail when he killed teenager Masa Vukotic

 Sean Price

Michael Bachelard "Our justice system failed Masa Vukotic. It failed her family and friends. It is a tragedy that must force change", said Victorian Premier Dan Andrews of the man who murdered the Doncaster teen while...