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

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News June 09, 2018

Exclusive: Payments to former minister concealed

Having taken a board position with a Swedish arms manufacturer, former Defence minister David Johnston is receiving an undisclosed sum as the government’s defence export advocate.

News June 02, 2018

Inside Labor’s refugee strategy

With fears a ‘bring them here’ motion could pass Labor’s state conference, left unions have decided it is better to play a dead bat on the issue ahead of the federal election.

News May 26, 2018

Britain lobbies Defence to take risk on warships

The British government is employing diplomatic pressure over a $35 billion warship contract, despite the design existing only on paper.

News May 19, 2018

Exclusive: Ex-ABF chief questions Dutton’s ID powers

As the government grants new airport powers to federal police, former Australian Border Force commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg says they need justification.

News May 12, 2018

Gunning for an early election?

As Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison sell their ‘election’ budget, the prime minister is weighing up a poll that could be as early as August.

News May 05, 2018

Cabinet split on Dutton’s ASD plan

As critics leak against Peter Dutton’s plan to employ the Signals Directorate against Australians, the minister defends the powers as necessary.

News April 28, 2018

How farmers fought for the royal commission

Farmers have experienced much of the scandalous banking practices now being exposed, but representatives say the royal commission is set to miss the worst of it.

News April 21, 2018

Morrison’s budget strategy stymied

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s plan to frame the coming budget as responsible investment was derailed this week by conflicting government messages.

News April 14, 2018

Electoral margins behind Dutton’s South Africans

The campaign led by Coalition MPs for special visas for white South African farmers is designed to shore up votes in WA and Queensland.