Radio News and Current Affairs
I've reported stories for the ABC's premier radio current affairs programs AM, PM and The World Today, as well as Radio National Breakfast and national youth broadcaster triple j's Hack.
I'm proud of a series of stories for ABC Radio National's Breakfast program over summer, as thousands of Australians were issued incorrect debt recovery notices by the government welfare agency Centrelink, many of whom were pursued by private debt collectors over Christmas. Those stories here, here, here and here. I was then commissioned to producer a half hour feature on the topic for the ABC’s flagship investigative program Background Briefing.
I've covered topics like routine underpayment of young people in hospitality and retail, rubber stamping of mining licenses in marine parks due to administrative error, failures in the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the first use of a solar power sharing scheme in Australia, and how Australia's refugee policies affect the country's UN Human Rights Council bid.
Refugees remain in Manus Island compounds without water and power
I produced this story for ABC's RN Breakfast as the Australian government began to shut down the immigration detention centre on Manus Island.
In the following months, the power and water have been shut off in all compounds and the story became international news. I spoke to Amir Taghinia, a young Iranian refugee who has since been resettled in America.
Young workers in hospitality and retail routinely underpaid
One day turnaround current affairs story produced for ABC Radio National Breakfast in response to the Fair Work Commission's decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates.
Business councils in Australia had lobbied for the change, arguing reduced penalty rates would allow businesses to take on more staff, reducing youth unemployment. This story focused on the large numbers of young people who weren't receiving those rates in the first place.
Landmark trial sees Sydney apartment block adopt solar energy
The renewable energy industry had long struggled to break into the rental market in Australia due to limitations in battery technology and the difficulty in persuading both landlords and tenants to get on board.
But a student cooperative in Sydney is trialling both the technology and the legal framework to have solar installedand the electricity sold back to tenants through a power-sharing agreement.
(photo by Stucco housing cooperative)