MAYHEM: Help Us Shine Light In Dark Places

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New Matilda is one of Australia's most respected independent publications, and almost one of its most stubborn - we're probably best known for being sued, so far unsuccessfully, and are now in our 15th year of publishing (we launched in 2004). 

Media is a tough climate these days, and we need your help to keep shining a light in dark places, and pumping out the stories that matter. Below is just a sample of what we do, and what your investment in independent media can help achieve.

Every year, in May, New Matilda releases a series of major investigations to show readers what we could do all year if we were properly resourced. 2019 is delayed a little by the federal election, so it will start at the end of May and run into June. Our hope this year is to raise $100,000 in subscriptions, to keep the site alive, and to resource it in a way that helps us hold the powerful to account. $100,000 is a pretty small amount spread across our readership, but it can make a very big difference.


Outback Tour
Since January 2019, New Matilda editor Chris Graham has spent two weeks of every month on the road, reporting from some of Australia's most remote towns and regions. The series - the 'New Matilda Fantastical, Historical, Political Outback Tour'   has focussed primarily on racism in the bush. The Outback Tour is an ongoing project.

#metoo reporting

Since October 2017, New Matilda has been conducting an ongoing investigation into violence and sexual harassment directed against women. You can read our stories by clicking here. We were the first Australian media outlet to break a major story in the wake of the #metoo movement, about Charles Waterstreet, a Sydney barrister and the inspiration for the ABC TV series Rake. Since then we've exposed the conduct of a former teacher with the James Morrison Music academy, Graeme Lyall, and we've reported in depth on the alleged sexual assault of a Greens staffer by former Greens NSW MP, Jeremy Buckingham , who resigned from the party last year in the wake of the allegations.

As part of our ongoing investigation, we've brought award-winning journalist Nina Funnell on board to lead our reporting and investigations on the issue. Nina is one of the nation's most prominent writers on the issue of sexual violence against women. Our goal is to keep Nina reporting on issues of violence against women, but New Matilda is a small, independent media outlet - achieving this will obviously require significant additional resources.

Julian Assange 
In February 2019, we launched a major five part series  into the arbitrary detention of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent almost a decade inside the Ecuadorian embassy, to avoid being extradited to the United States to face trial for publishing devastating leaks on the US war in Iraq. Dr Lissa Johnson, a regular NM contributor and a clinical psychologist, breaks down why the issue is important, and how the propaganda campaign affects the minds of ordinary Australians.

West Papua and British Petroleum
In 2018, we sent British journalist Michael Gillard  into the most remote parts of West Papua, to investigate life on the ground for West Papuans living in the shadow of a major BP oil refinery. Michael is a winner of the prestigious UK Journalist of the Year, and his investigative reporting is regarded as some of the best on the planet.

Cancer for cash
This was a 2017 investigation into the conduct of Big Tobacco in the far flung jungles of Africa . Michael Gillard revealed the inside story of graft and corruption that helps keep Big Tobacco ticking.

Lethal Lies
In 2017, we revealed how a British intelligence firm placed a spy inside the global anti-asbestos movement, on behalf of a Kazahkstan mining company. This story is still the subject of ongoing legal action in the UK (the victims of the spy are suing him and the company that financed him) and it won the inaugural Andrew Schneider Memorial Journalism Prize in the United States in 2018.

False Balance
In 2016, we revealed that the ABC had directed a journalist to write a 'hit piece' on the Australian Labor Party  about its NBN policy, because he'd already written a piece critical of the Coalition. The story included leaked recordings of the conversation between the journalist and the head of ABC's News and Current Affairs division, Bruce Belsham. The story resulted in some thorny questions for the national broadcaster in federal parliament. 

Robo-Debt and Denial
In 2017, Ben Eltham revealed the depth of deceit, and denial , inside Centrelink after the Robo-Debt scandal swept the country. 

The Racist Professor
In 2015, we blew the whistle on the bizarre, racist rantings of Sydney University Professor of Poetry, Barry Spurr , who had been appointed to review the English section of the nation's entire Higher School curriculum. The story sparked a major furore, and a legal action in the Federal Court, which ultimately went nowhere.  

Secret Scholarship
In 2014, New Matilda revealed that Prime Minister Tony Abbott's daughter, Frances, received a secret $60,000 scholarship  to attend a prestigious design school in Sydney. The story resulted in massive upheaval, and legal action which dragged on almost two years. The whistleblower in the story, Freya Newman stared down years in prison, and was eventually given a two-year suspended sentence. 

New Matilda needs your help to continue our tradition of fearless, investigative journalism. Every cent counts. Readers who contribute $100 or more will automatically receive a yearly New Matilda subscription, at the level same level as the contribution.
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Our first donation for our new campaign is a monster. The generosity of readers never fails to floor me. This latest campaign has a huge goal... we're trying to raise enough to get award winning journo Nina Funnell on board to lead our investigations into violence against women, for an ongoing series. It's a huge task... so spread the word if you're able!
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