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

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News March 30, 2019

How authenticity will decide the election

As the government and opposition make sense of the NSW election result, it is clear the federal poll will be a contest between an unpopular leader and an unknown one.

News March 30, 2019

Intergenerational trauma and Indigenous suicides in WA

A recent coroner’s report into the deaths by suicide of Indigenous children and young people in remote WA, linked to intergenerational trauma and racism, mirrors the findings of a 2008 inquiry. With little achieved in the interim years, experts claim the government is not only misdiagnosing the problem but is also unable to come up with productive solutions.

News March 23, 2019

After Christchurch

Following the killing of 50 Muslims by an Australian terrorist, local security agencies face questions of whether they overlooked the threat posed by white extremists.

News March 16, 2019

Barnaby’s last stand

As the Nationals quietly shift positions on climate change and energy, Barnaby Joyce is wreaking havoc as coal’s last defender.

News March 09, 2019

Climate policies: Twelve dumped in half a decade

Still cautious after the pink batts program, the government’s climate policies fail to properly engage with energy efficiency.

News March 02, 2019

The campaigner behind Phelps, Banks and Steggall

Having helped get Kerryn Phelps elected, Damien Hodgkinson is running campaigns for eight independents at the election, including Julia Banks and Zali Steggall.

News February 23, 2019

Morrison ignored boat security advice

The government ignored security agency advice on amendments to the medivac bill, allowing it to accuse Labor of undermining border security.

News February 16, 2019

The defeat Morrison hopes will save him

“Morrison is understood to be the architect of his own political strategy. His friend, former Howard adviser turned lobbyist David Gazard, confirmed the prime minister is choosing to see the medivac legislation as a gift.”

News February 09, 2019

Hayne’s ‘disinfectant’ sees banks’ share prices rise

In the wake of the Hayne royal commission, the big banks’ share prices rose, raising questions of how much the culture of greed is threatened by its recommendations.