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

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news July 01, 2017

Inside the bitter Greens civil war

The suspension of Greens NSW senator Lee Rhiannon is less about Gonski than it is about ongoing animosities and a federal push to reform the party’s decision-making processes.

news June 24, 2017

Final chapter in Adani loan deal

While the dealings of the government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility remain shrouded in secrecy, pressure mounts over funding for the Adani rail line.

news June 17, 2017

The politics of the Finkel review

When Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg briefed Coalition MPs on the Finkel review’s recommendations for a clean energy target, all eyes were on Tony Abbott and his supporters.

news June 10, 2017

Terror attacks spark security rethink

Recent terrorist attacks have state and federal authorities considering new policing methods, parole and bail conditions, and public awareness campaigns.

news June 03, 2017

The making of the Uluru statement

Behind the landmark Uluru statement are years of conservative negotiation and compromise, led by Noel Pearson.

news May 27, 2017

Peter Dutton’s asylum seeker deadline

Peter Dutton’s crackdown on ‘fake refugees’ has sparked claims that his announcement is not only prejudicial but also purely political.

news May 20, 2017

Exclusive: Ex-military heads disagree over Middle East operations

As Australia considers extending its presence in Afghanistan, key figures have split over what has been achieved in the Middle East.

news May 13, 2017

Scott Morrison budgets on turn-in from the world

As the treasurer squares up for a fight with the banks over a new levy, his budget finds its unifying theme in making an example of foreign money.

news May 06, 2017

Coalition pins its hopes on budget approval

A less brutal budget may be the government’s last hope to wrest back public support and quieten questions over Turnbull’s leadership.