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

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News August 22, 2020

Exclusive: 4115 assaults in immigration detention

The Commonwealth ombudsman has warned of excessive and even illegal force used in detention centres, as figures disclosed under FOI reveal assault numbers.

News August 15, 2020

Daniel Harvey’s death in detention

The death of a man in immigration detention has raised questions about the length of time people are being held onshore, and the impact of coronavirus on visiting and other rights.

News July 25, 2020

Why JobKeeper can’t stop a bankruptcy avalanche

With many small businesses barely clinging to life, the changes to JobKeeper may just be postponing an inevitable demise.

News July 18, 2020

Archives searching for missing  ‘palace letters’

The contentious file of  ‘palace letters’ finally released this week was revealing. It was also missing three pieces of correspondence.

News July 11, 2020

The impact of Victoria’s second wave

As Treasurer Josh Frydenberg prepares to unveil a mini-budget on July 23, the Covid-19 outbreak in Victoria has put the country’s economic recovery in jeopardy.

News July 04, 2020

Cold War: ‘Grey zone’ to define relations with China

A strategic defence update highlights ‘coercive tactics’ that skirt the threshold of armed conflict but justify a huge weapons build-up by Australia.

News July 04, 2020

Morrison ruling by ‘Henry VIII’ clauses

New concerns surround the government’s increased use of legislative powers to bypass the parliament and create laws that cannot be amended or overturned.

News June 27, 2020

Home Affairs extends reach in tackling foreign interference

Amid increasing concerns about foreign interference, particularly through online disinformation, the Home Affairs Department’s role in security matters is growing significantly.

News June 20, 2020

End of a warlord: ‘We had to do it’

As fallout from the Adem Somyurek scandal continues, some in Labor are celebrating the courage of those who brought him down.