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

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News August 18, 2018

Federal government ‘colludes’ to nobble Walker inquiry

The South Australian government’s refusal to extend the royal commission into the Murray–Darling finds it accused of collusion with the federal government.

News August 18, 2018

Territory rights and assisted dying

David Leyonhjelm’s bill to permit the territories to pass assisted dying legislation was defeated despite argument it is as much about territory rights.

News August 11, 2018

Murray-Darling water scandal

Allegations that the Murray–Darling Basin Plan was compromised by government agency interference have emerged during the SA royal commission.

News August 04, 2018

High court challenge to Walker inquiry threatens federation

A Commonwealth challenge to South Australia’s Murray–Darling royal commission has become a state rights battleground with implications for the Constitution.

News July 28, 2018

Grubby tactics in the Super Saturday byelections

Further revelations of political bastardry in this weekend’s byelections, including accusations of solicited interviews, show how much is at stake for all parties.

News July 21, 2018

Frydenberg’s energy battle over coal

Trying to broker agreement in the Coalition on the best action on climate change appears to be a Sisyphean task as supporters of coal maintain their pressure.

News July 14, 2018

Inside the NAIF conflict machine

Two years since its launch, the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility has approved only four loans and is beset by at least 33 conflict-of-interest declarations.

News July 07, 2018

Sexist abuse in the Senate

David Leyonhjelm’s sexist abuse of Sarah Hanson-Young has moved current and former female senators and MPs to reveal the parliament’s toxic culture.

News June 30, 2018

Getting Shorten

While the government continues to plot the demise of Bill Shorten, fresh threats may be again smouldering within his own party.