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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.

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

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

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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...

Police raid CFMEU in search of evidence of bribery and blackmail

CFMEU  Canberra offices were raided Tuesday afternoon by the Australian Federal Police.

Nick McKenzie, Michael Bachelard, Nick Toscano The Australian Federal Police has launched raids on the Canberra head office of the powerful construction union in search of evidence of bribery and blackmail.

'Martyrs' Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran give momentum to a global campaign

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Michael Bachelard, Tom Allard Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran had become "martyrs" for the anti-death penalty cause, and their death may mean no more Indonesian prisoners are executed, their former lawyer has said.

Anzac Day terror charges against Harun Causevic dropped embarrassing authorities

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Nick McKenzie, Michael Bachelard The terror prosecution of one of the alleged plotters of an Anzac Day attack on police officers has collapsed due to lack of evidence.

Big tobacco makes one more attempt to advertise to kids?

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Michael Bachelard In the 1950s and '60s, it was open slather for tobacco companies to target teens.

Dyson Heydon: his biggest victims are union members

Dyson Heydon's inquiry was in the midst of uncovering union practices that genuinely need public exposure.

Michael Bachelard The greatest tragedy of Dyson Heydon's breathtaking political blunder is that it gives the labour movement an excuse to avoid reforming some of its most corrupt practices.

Schapelle Corby made it harder to save Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Schapelle Corby's clemency could hurt Chan and Sukumaran's legal efforts.

Michael Bachelard Schapelle Corby's attitude towards Indonesia had made it very difficult for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to win support at the highest levels of the Indonesian government in their bid to stay the...

New Aussie anti-Islamic party guns for 20 per cent of the vote

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Michael Bachelard Australia officially now has a political party modelled on the far-right wing movements in Europe and dedicated to the idea that Islam is a "totalitarian ideology with global aspirations".

Political donations: Five ways to get around Australia's laws

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Michael Bachelard A donor needs to reveal publicly that they are paying money to a political party only if the donation is more than $13,000, under Australia's political donation laws. 

Adam Brookman: prosecution might be difficult, says security expert

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Nick McKenzie, Michael Bachelard, Rachel Olding The first Australian to return from Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria might be difficult to prosecute despite the intense political interest in seeing him arrested and charged.

Adam Brookman, Islamic State returnee, will land in Australia today

Adam Brookman.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard The first alleged member of the Islamic State to return to Australia was being escorted by authorities into Sydney on Friday after giving himself up to Australian Federal Police in Turkey.

$2.2m in Mafia bribes to NSW judges alleged in top-secret police reports

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Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard An Australian Mafia boss allegedly paid $2.2 million in bribes to NSW judges to get lighter jail sentences,  top-secret police intelligence reports reveal.

Australian Mafia: the more it changes, the more it stays the same


Michael Bachelard, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker  Perhaps as befits a godfather of the Italian-Australian Mafia, Frank Barbaro was, in 2003, attending a funeral every fortnight.

Judge bribes, military arms sought: the Mafia's alleged Australian operations

Plaintiff law firms argue contingency fees could enhance the class actions regime, but they are staunchly opposed by defendant firms.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard An Australian Mafia boss allegedly paid $2.2 million in bribes to judges to get lighter jail sentences, and have approached defence force personnel to supply them with military grade weapons,...

Terror diverts focus as Mafia 'board of directors' thrives

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Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard Italy's top anti-Mafia prosecutor and Australian police are warning that the massive diversion of law enforcement resources to combat terrorism is eroding the fight against the Mafia and other...

Ex-mayor runs Mafia cell, answers to Italy

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Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard A former Western Australian mayor is allegedly running a Calabrian mafia cell in Perth and answers to a mafia godfather in Italy, according to explosive court files.

Labor expels figure linked with Mafia intimidation

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Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard Victorian Labor party delegate and Moreland councillor Michael Teti allegedly supplied a gun to a Mafia henchman which was then used to threaten a woman, and has repeatedly moved funds on behalf of...

Furniture king Nick Scali investigated over $3m bribe allegations

Prominent Australian political donor and furniture king Nick Scali, pictured in 1982.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard A prominent Australian political donor, furniture king Nick Scali, was subject to a serious investigation by Italian police over allegations that he tried to bribe a politician.