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

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News May 11, 2019

Election cash splash coming from government grants

The funding for many promises in this election campaign appears to be coming out of government grants with vague criteria.

News May 11, 2019

The Shorten interview

In a one-on-one interview ahead of next week’s election, Bill Shorten has proposed he would, if necessary, set up a new regional processing facility in Papua New Guinea.

News May 04, 2019

Big-dollar pledges for marginal seats

Wherever there’s a marginal seat, there’s a politician from the Coalition or Labor pledging millions of dollars.

News April 27, 2019

Keelty warns river ‘ripe for corruption’

EXCLUSIVE: Former AFP chief Mick Keelty is examining links between political donations and water licences, and calling for proceeds-of-crime laws to be expanded.

News April 20, 2019

Exclusive: Taxpayer millions spent on Coalition mailout

A mailout from the federal government to age pensioners on the eve of the election campaign cost taxpayers $2.1 million and raised concerns about the timing of the correspondence.

News April 13, 2019

CSIRO steps back on Adani approval

As Scott Morrison readied to call the election, Melissa Price rushed to give federal approval to Adani’s Carmichael mine, citing support from the CSIRO.

news April 06, 2019

Art trust wins in election budget

Scott Morrison’s pre-election budget has gifted $22 million to a small arts organisation in the country’s most marginal seat – Gilmore – where the Liberals hope Warren Mundine can hang on.

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.