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

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News August 20, 2016

Shifting debate on offshore detention

As the country reacts to the Nauru files and confirmation the Manus detention centre must close, a new chapter appears to be opening in the refugee debate.

News August 13, 2016

Josh Frydenberg’s approach to environment and energy

The new minister for the environment and energy, Josh Frydenberg, is ready to balance his portfolios and disappoint critics on the left and right.

News July 30, 2016

US and Australia in stalemate over NT defence bases

Plans for more American troops to be based in the Northern Territory have stalled as battlelines are drawn over who should foot the bill.

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.