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Richard Baker is one of Australia's most experienced and decorated investigative journalists, with 12 years in The Age newspaper's investigative unit. He has many times been the recipient of Australia's major journalism awards, including multiple Walkleys, the Melbourne Press Club's gold quill and more than a dozen other quills, a Kennedy award and the George Munster prize for independent journalism. Together with colleague Nick McKenzie, Richard has broken major international and national corruption scandals. He also writes regularly on politics, business, crime, sports affairs, defence and intelligence and social affairs. In 2016, he created and co-hosted the awarding winning six part podcast series, Phoebe's Fall.

Court response raises questions of tone
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Court response raises questions of tone

We reported on the 20-year scandal of two alleged rape victims who did not find justice. Now the County Court has complained about it.

  • by Richard Baker

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Police dragged feet as rapist allegedly plotted to kill teen victim
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Police dragged feet as rapist allegedly plotted to kill teen victim

It took four years for police to charge a man in his forties with the rape of a 15-year-old girl. In that time, he allegedly cooked up a pant to have her killed.

  • by Richard Baker
Justice delayed, justice denied as OPP loses control of rape cases
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Justice delayed, justice denied as OPP loses control of rape cases

The Victorian government is considering payouts to two women who were allegedly raped when they were teens because of “gross failings” by the Office of Public Prosecutions.

  • by Richard Baker
Victorian government calls for investigation into Nationals candidate's $850k grant

Victorian government calls for investigation into Nationals candidate's $850k grant

The Victorian government calls for a proper investigation into allegations made against Nationals' federal treasurer and state election candidate Peter Schwarz.

  • by Gerard Cockburn, Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker
No work done after Nationals' treasurer got $850k water-saving grant
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No work done after Nationals' treasurer got $850k water-saving grant

Candidate is accused of gouging much of the $850,000 he was paid by Australia’s largest drought-proofing project and calling in favours when pressed to account for money.

  • by Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker
WADA had 'failure of leadership' on Russian doping, ASADA boss says
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WADA had 'failure of leadership' on Russian doping, ASADA boss says

Amid allegations of backroom deals and bribery, Australia’s anti-doping chief has broken ranks with the global authority to demand reforms after the controversial decision to endorse Russia's testing regime.

  • by Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker
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ANZ failed to meet human rights standards: government report
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ANZ failed to meet human rights standards: government report

More bad news for banking giant after Australian government inquiry finds ANZ failed to meet its own human rights standards in a Cambodian sugar deal

  • by Richard Baker & Nick McKenzie
He went to get drug treatment and ended up dead. Now his mother wants to know why
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He went to get drug treatment and ended up dead. Now his mother wants to know why

Australia's biggest private drug rehab operator suddenly closed its Sri Lanka clinic days after one patient was discharged in controversial circumstances.

  • by Richard Baker & Chloe Booker
Glory looming for Looma Eagles in Kimberley league

Glory looming for Looma Eagles in Kimberley league

Though it was more than 30 years ago, Gary Clancy still vividly remembers his first date with the teenage girl who later became his wife.

  • by Richard Baker
Police rift over top female cop's sex scandal
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Police rift over top female cop's sex scandal

A senior female Victoria Police officer avoids tough disciplinary action despite the force's own sexual harassment taskforce making recommendation for sanctions

  • by Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker
Dancing and reputational damage: new details of the complaint against Victoria's Coroner
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Dancing and reputational damage: new details of the complaint against Victoria's Coroner

The first impulse of the Coroner's court when confronted with a huge data bill blow-out was how to explain it away.

  • by Richard Baker & Nick McKenzie