Maani Truu

Journalist, SBS News


Maani Truu is a Sydney-based journalist with diverse experience in print and digital reporting, production and editing.

She is currently working as a digital journalist at SBS News, focusing on social affairs. Her past bylines include The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Daily Life (Fairfax Media), Ciao Magazine, Honi Soit and The South Sydney Herald.

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SBS News

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Government initially sought to reject disability royal commission's request for 17 month extension

The federal government originally denied the disability royal commission's urgent request for a 17 month extension before backflipping on its decision a month later, letters obtained by SBS News reveal. Correspondence between the Attorney-General's office and commission chair Ronald Sackville, released under freedom of information laws, also reveal the government will not provide any additional funding to support the extension of the $527.9 million inquiry.

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'A blatant money grab': Budget cut will force new migrants to wait four years for benefits

New migrants will be forced to wait four years before accessing most government welfare payments under a significant cost-cutting measure included in Tuesday's federal budget. The government will save $671 million over five years by applying the four-year Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period to anyone granted permanent residency in Australia from 1 January next year.

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Fresh hope for Biloela asylum seeker family as Karen Andrews hints at possible release

There are fresh hopes a Tamil asylum seeker family could soon be released into community detention on Christmas Island after new Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews hinted at their possible release. Priya and Nades Murugappan and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika, five, and Tharunicaa, three, have been the only family detained on Christmas Island since August 2019 after an urgent court injunction blocked their deportation to Sri Lanka.

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Australian professor denies links to Easter Sunday terror attacks and threatens to sue Sri Lankan...

An Australian professor who was detained and allegedly tortured in Qatar has separately been named by a Sri Lankan government probe into the deadly Easter Sunday terror bombings. Australian citizens Lukman Thalib, 58, and his son Ismail Talib, 24, were arrested at their home in Qatar on 27 July and imprisoned for almost six months without charge before being released without warning in January this year.

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'It's about time': Government introduces bill to increase privacy safeguards for disability royal...

The government has unveiled its much-anticipated reforms to strengthen privacy safeguards for witnesses at the disability royal commission, almost 18 months after the inquiry commenced. Advocates have been calling for the changes to the Royal Commission Act for more than a year, warning that a loophole that allows the identity of witnesses to be released after the conclusion of the commission will stop potential whistleblowers from coming forward.