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

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News July 07, 2021

The government’s ‘fine line’ on AstraZeneca

Following Scott Morrison’s surprise announcement on AstraZeneca eligibility, the government rushed to update health advice. But questions remain about hesitancy and confusion.

News July 03, 2021

Car park slush fund among worst breaches

While the government’s $660 million fund had no eligibility criteria, a press release was deemed ‘relevant authority’.

News June 26, 2021

Part Two: Selling arms

A desire for Australia to become a top-10 weapons exporter is partly strategic and partly a rhetorical flourish.

News June 19, 2021

Part One: Australia’s big spending on war machines

Australia is undertaking an extraordinary military expansion, but there are questions about what is being bought and the skills of the people doing the buying. This is part one of a two-part series.

News June 05, 2021

Exclusive: US warned Australia on Kabul closure

The Morrison government’s decision to close its embassy in Afghanistan with little warning has sparked concern from America, not least because of the threat the Taliban poses to local staff.

News May 29, 2021

Tracing paper trail of Brittany Higgins’ alleged assault

Senior officials faced further questions this week about their handling of Brittany Higgins’ allegation that she was raped by a colleague in Parliament House.

News May 22, 2021

Senator challenges cabinet secrecy

Scott Morrison is using a special arrangement to keep the workings of his government secret, but independent senator Rex Patrick has launched a challenge to its legality.

News May 15, 2021

Business leaders push back against ‘fortress Australia’

As the government concedes Australia’s borders can’t reopen until mid-2022, concern is growing about damage to our reputation internationally.

News May 08, 2021

Exclusive: Howard minister slams ban on India returnees

Following the prime minister’s ban on Australian citizens returning from India, Fran Bailey has called the decision abhorrent and an indictment on the government.