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

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news October 01, 2016

Marcia Langton on Recognition and income management

Marcia Langton talks about a promising welfare management trial and how constitutional recognition would complete the Commonwealth.

news September 24, 2016

Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s lack of preparedness on organised crime

The focus on asylum seekers has left the immigration department lacking intelligence capabilities and measures to combat crime.

news September 24, 2016

Tim Flannery names his three priority areas in addressing environmental concerns.

Environmentalist and chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council Tim Flannery explains the need to overcome the vested interests against climate change action and how to best use an innovation fund.

news September 17, 2016

Transfield’s $1.1b offshore processing contract farce

A blistering audit of the offshore detention program reveals a system defined by untendered contracts and preferential deals raises billions of dollars’ worth of questions.

news September 17, 2016

Chris Richardson on how we’re unprepared for the next recession

Chris Richardson, Partner at Deloitte Access Economics, explains how even when economic reports show Australia in good shape, people can feel as though things are getting worse.

news September 10, 2016

Political donations and Sam Dastyari’s downfall

As the Sam Dastyari donations scandal continues to unfold, both sides of politics, and the crossbench, are flirting with reform.

news September 10, 2016

Madeline Gleeson on an end to offshore processing

Lawyer and author Madeline Gleeson says there are positive elements in Australia’s asylum-seeker policy, but a lack of political will to abide by the Refugee Convention.

news September 03, 2016

Schisms challenging party platforms

After parliament’s first week, rifts within the government and opposition prove as telling as those between them.

news September 03, 2016

Anthony Albanese and his biographer

Just as political opponents may form friendships based on their shared circumstances in Canberra, the relationship of biographer and subject is equally complex.