BMW has been so desperate to get people behind the wheel of its luxury cars that its finance company gave loans to people with zero or even negative disposable incomes and accepted false loan documents while paying big bonuses to its most reckless salesmen.
Michael Bachelard is The Age's investigations editor. A former Indonesia correspondent, 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.
Australian journalists make a promise to their confidential sources to protect their identity "in all circumstances" – it's part of the code of ethics.
Former AFL chief Andrew Demetriou's vocational education company Acquire Learning has been accused of unconscionable conduct, making false or misleading representations and breaching consumer law after selling government-funded courses to tens of thousands of job-seekers.
'The government is offering laptops'. Hidden video shows how dodgy vocational colleges are still selling courses to the poor.
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.
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.
To corrupt police, foreigners are "fantastic, low risk targets".
"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 on bail over death threats as well as being under a court supervision order.
The terror prosecution of one of the alleged plotters of an Anzac Day attack on police officers has collapsed due to lack of evidence.
In the 1950s and '60s, it was open slather for tobacco companies to target teens.