Working with Words: Michael Bachelard

Michael Bachelard is a Walkley and Quill award-winning investigative reporter who currently works as Indonesia correspondent for the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. He covered the Black Saturday bushfires and the Royal Commission for the Sunday Age and produced a series in 2009 about the coal industry in Australia. He has also worked at the Australian and the Canberra Times. He has written two books, The Great Land Grab: What every Australian should know about Wik, Mabo and the Ten-Point Plan, and Behind The Exclusive Brethren.

We spoke to Michael about why the world needs journalists ‘even if it’s not sure how to pay for them’, tangling with a religious cult, and travelling all over Indonesia to find the people who can answer questions on the subjects that interest him.

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