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

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News May 21, 2016

Labor’s bid to make health central to election

In the first major policy announcement of the campaign, Labor has built a wedge on Medicare rebates – and won powerful support.

News May 07, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s budget grab bag to prime election

Amid confusion over forward estimates, the budget is as much about promised economic planning as it is an election pitch.

News April 30, 2016

The strange politics of negative gearing

By picking a battle over investment incentives, the Coalition and the opposition are looking to fight the election at opposing ends of the “Australian dream”.

News April 23, 2016

Pauline Hanson’s senate chances aided by voting reforms

Aided by voting reforms and the quirks of a double-dissolution election, Pauline Hanson is in a seat-winning position for the first time in more than a decade.

News April 16, 2016

New rules for foreign investors

As foreign investment increases, especially from China, new protocols are being weighed to find a balance between Australia’s national security and economic growth.

News April 09, 2016

Inside the Malcolm Turnbull-Scott Morrison divide

Seven months into their partnership, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison are struggling to reconcile their different styles.

News April 02, 2016

Australia’s Indigenous youth suicide crisis

The death last month of a 10-year-old Indigenous girl in a remote WA community intensifies the need for a clearer approach to suicide prevention.

News March 26, 2016

What happened to the Safe Schools program

After a year of agitation, conservatives had a big win on the Safe Schools anti-bullying program – a curtain-raiser to their fight on equal marriage.

News March 19, 2016

The remaking of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

The Labor leader has come back from his summer break with a different approach to advice and a scheme to change his image.