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

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news July 23, 2016

PM Malcolm Turnbull faces down internal dissent

Malcolm Turnbull faced a disunited Coalition party room, as members complained about the election campaign and threatened to revolt on policy.

news July 16, 2016

The parties’ spin on the 2016 election result

Political realities are biting for all parties in the wake of the election, as everyone looks to explain the numbers.

news July 09, 2016

The 2016 election postmortem

While the Turnbull campaign had various flaws, its troubles began in March when he picked a fight with the minor parties.

news July 02, 2016

Greens, Xenophon eye jaundiced major party voters

The Australian Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team square off for third-party status.

news July 02, 2016

Bill Shorten: ‘I’m proud of our plans...’

Bill Shorten’s final pitch emphasises Labor’s social policies – especially those with which Malcolm Turnbull might agree.

news July 02, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull: ‘We need to make our own luck...’

Malcolm Turnbull’s final pitch trades on economic uncertainty: stick with the Coalition and its plan for innovation and tax cuts.

news June 25, 2016

Parties find campaign donors harder to come by

As the major parties prepare their final election advertising blitz, donations have dried up, especially to the Liberal campaign.

news June 18, 2016

Inside the Greens federal election preference ‘deal’

A battle between Liberals in NSW and Victoria has pulled apart a precarious ‘deal’ with the Greens and recast preferences for the election.

news June 11, 2016

Turnbull and Shorten seek to define their character

As Malcolm Turnbull releases a video about his single-parent childhood, the Coalition and Labor are working overtime to sell their chiefs’ ‘authentic’ styles.