Michael Sainsbury

Michael Sainsbury is a former China correspondent (now based in South-East Asia), with more than 20 years’ experience writing about business, business politics and human rights across Australia and the Asia Pacific. You can follow Michael on Twitter @SainsburyChina.
Information wars: are we getting a fair view of China’s treatment of Uyghurs?

Information wars: are we getting a fair view of China’s treatment of Uyghurs?

Genocide or puffery and clickbait? Independent journalism is the touchstone of MWM. So when a widespread narrative ...
Are we being served? Restaurateurs swamped by labour rout in wake of bruising lockdowns

Are we being served? Restaurateurs swamped by labour rout in wake of bruising lockdowns

The world of work has changed dramatically in the past two years of pandemic. Emergency measures have sent ...
Male, Pale & Stale: uni governance in spotlight again after Adelaide sex scandal

Male, Pale & Stale: uni governance in spotlight again after Adelaide sex scandal

Michael Sainsbury looks at the sector’s tendency to mimic corporate Australia’s “male, pale and stale” Jurassic ...
Australia’s universities: bosses reel in $1m-plus salaries, $1bn profit on back of staff underpayment

Australia’s universities: bosses reel in $1m-plus salaries, $1bn profit on back of staff underpayment

The rampant commercialisation of Australia’s public universities has been laid bare with behaviour more expected ...
Overpaid university bosses cry poor as their foreign-student riches evaporate

Overpaid university bosses cry poor as their foreign-student riches evaporate

Australia's universities face $5 billion in losses and are crying poor. Their highly paid bosses can make more ...
Coronavirus kills off privatisation of Australia’s visa system

Coronavirus kills off privatisation of Australia’s visa system

COVID-19 killed visa privatisation but questions about the PM’s mates remain. Michael Sainsbury reports on the ...
Weird plan for billion-dollar privatisation of Australia’s visa system hits a snag

Weird plan for billion-dollar privatisation of Australia’s visa system hits a snag

As secretive Liberal Party donors line up for the privatisation of Australia's visa processing, the deal has now ...
Experts reject privatisation of Australia’s visa system, except two experts

Experts reject privatisation of Australia’s visa system, except two experts

Experts have roundly condemned the Federal Government's move to privatise Australia's visa processing system, ...
Oracle and Accenture: big tax dodgers queued for visa privatisation prize

Oracle and Accenture: big tax dodgers queued for visa privatisation prize

Should the Government award contracts to tax cheating multinationals? The subject is likely to be covered when the ...
China drives Australian flying school frenzy — and punters are out for blood

China drives Australian flying school frenzy — and punters are out for blood

The expected arrival of thousands of Chinese pilot training students over the next decade is driving the current ...
Political Game: boat people demonised, Bilos deported, while record numbers pour in by plane

Political Game: boat people demonised, Bilos deported, while record numbers pour in by plane

Though routinely demonised in the Murdoch press, the numbers of asylum seekers arriving by boat are dwarfed by ...
Scomo’s mate’s mate and the billion-dollar privatisation of Australia’s visa system

Scomo’s mate’s mate and the billion-dollar privatisation of Australia’s visa system

Meet the Tripodinas, the Sydney fruit and veg moguls and Liberal Party donors behind the bid to privatise ...

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