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

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News April 17, 2021

How Christine Holgate lost her job trying to save Australia Post

The fallen chief executive says the government planned to privatise the national mail carrier to boost its own bottom line. But Christine Holgate had other plans.

News April 10, 2021

The [email protected] response

The federal government has finally addressed the Respect @ Work report. Its delayed response has been cautiously welcomed by those who hope for real change.

News April 03, 2021

Exclusive: While women marched, the PM was doing factional deals

As questions grow about the government’s handling of both sexual assault claims and the vaccine rollout, Scott Morrison has been focused on shoring up his numbers.

News March 27, 2021

Higgins police inquiry may extend to parliamentary ‘cover-up’

As further reports of abusive sexual behaviour emerge from parliament, the AFP may be investigating the aftermath of Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape.

News March 20, 2021

Harassment and federal parliament

Politicians and their staff still have no mandatory bullying or harassment training, despite a 2012 legal undertaking made in the settlement of James Ashby’s sexual harassment claim.

News March 13, 2021

Federal agencies seek more powers

Sweeping new powers for the AFP and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission could see innocent users of social media services such as WhatsApp deemed criminals.

News March 13, 2021

Inquiries into parliamentary culture

New details of the alleged sexual assault of Brittany Higgins continue to emerge, as calls grow for an independent inquiry into Attorney-General Christian Porter over a separate rape allegation.

News March 06, 2021

Porter denial fails to end calls for an independent inquiry

As Christian Porter names himself as the cabinet minister accused of rape, and denies the allegation, his office walks back the attorney-general’s claim that the last time he saw his accuser was in January 1988.

News February 27, 2021

Tracing the Brittany Higgins case

As more details emerge of how the government handled Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape, crossbenchers are calling for a permanent independent body to examine abuse accusations.