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

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news April 01, 2017

Dispute over Heyfield logging deal pulls in senior cabinet

The impending closure of Heyfield sawmill has pitted senior federal ministers against each other, a premier, farmers and conservationists.

news March 25, 2017

New ACTU secretary Sally McManus on the new IR battlegrounds

The new ACTU leadership finds the Turnbull government more ideologically anti-union than John Howard’s.

news March 18, 2017

One Nation’s business model questioned after WA election failure

As the fallout continues from Pauline Hanson’s WA state election campaign, claims emerge of a party run as a pyramid scheme.

news March 11, 2017

Weighing the priorities of homeland security

As the PM and foreign minister attempt to smooth relations with Indonesia, calls increase for a consolidated approach to national security.

news March 04, 2017

Senior Liberals caution Malcolm Turnbull on style

As Turnbull’s supporters become anxious about an absence of narrative and clear advice, his problems are greater than a vengeful Tony Abbott.

news February 25, 2017

Foreign policy in the age of Trump

As Julie Bishop completes her first meetings with Trump’s key advisers, the alliance appears strengthened by Malcolm Turnbull’s heated phone call.

news February 18, 2017

Changes to citizenship to also reopen debate on Australian identity

With the government preparing security-driven changes to citizenship, it is also readying to kickstart a new debate on Australian values.

news February 11, 2017

Making sense of Hanson, Bernardi and the New Right

Cory Bernardi’s split to form a conservative party, and the resurgence of One Nation, provides the major parties with a genuine threat from the right.

news February 04, 2017

Inside the fight for the Australian Greens

As battlelines are drawn between ‘the Tony Abbott’ of the Greens and the party’s elders, deeper questions have emerged about style and purpose.