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Once a year we write to ask for your support. Please spare me a few minutes to explain why.

Our team works hard to provide you free year-round access to high quality, timely and independent information that we hope helps you make sense of the world. We bring facts, evidence and reason to counter the ideological and commercial messages that pollute the global information ecosystem.

As commercial media continue to cut staff, there are now more PRs than ever working to fill that information vacuum with guff. We stand against this tide of disinformation. We do this by working with 34,000 scientists, researchers and scholars from all parts of the world to bring you in-depth coverage of every possible subject. We want to call time on those who still believe it’s good enough to provide you with journalism written by people who have no clue what they are writing about. Or those who pass off journalism which in reality simply promotes their agendas, settling scores, spruiking their friends and undermining their enemies.

That’s not good enough. Especially in Australia where the problem has always been a lack of diversity. That’s why we have built a robust new service that brings to Australia thousands of new informed voices, spanning a variety of views and perspectives and all published without fear or favour.

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