Karen Middleton
is The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent.

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News September 11, 2021

Government agencies worked against each other in Kabul evacuation

Reports from the ground show people with valid visas were forced back at the airport, amid allegations of a politicised process for claims.

News September 04, 2021

What is behind Morrison’s positive shift?

While the government pivots to upbeat messaging and the AMA calls for greater honesty around reopening, the Doherty Institute modelling shows that lockdowns may continue, even at high vaccination rates.

News August 28, 2021

Exclusive: Intelligence misjudged fall of Kabul by months

As sources describe the ‘chaos’ of Australia’s evacuation from Afghanistan, months of military intelligence failed to forecast the timing or nature of Kabul’s collapse.

News August 21, 2021

Exit Afghanistan: fear and retribution as Taliban takes control

As the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan, people connected to the West and trapped in the country describe scenes of fear and violent retribution.

News August 14, 2021

New powers to spy on Australian citizens criticised for overreach

The government’s new security powers have been harshly criticised for overreach and the vagueness of their drafting.

News August 14, 2021

Legal loss a blow for Morrison secrecy

A scathing rebuke in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal could have far-reaching consequences for Scott Morrison’s secret committees.

News August 07, 2021

Buying the Leppington Triangle

New documents show how the government came to pay 10 times the market value for the Leppington Triangle in Western Sydney.

News August 07, 2021

Morrison approached Tabcorp for Covid-19 lottery

As Labor tries to capture the debate over vaccine incentives, the Morrison government has been working on a possible lottery.

News July 31, 2021

Home care and vaccination

A September bottleneck is looming for Covid-19 vaccinations, as another at-risk group is revealed as having been essentially forgotten in the rollout plan.