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

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News June 06, 2020

Calls for journalist protections

A year on from AFP raids on the ABC and a News Corp journalist, the government is being asked to ensure the right of the media to protect sources.

News May 30, 2020

Economic fallout of the $60b JobKeeper error

As the government tries to justify how its JobKeeper forecast was out by $60 billion, two economists who questioned the initial figures explain what might be next for Australia’s economy.

News May 23, 2020

Failings in foreign investment oversight

Amid escalating trade tensions with China, questions are being raised about the proper scrutiny of foreign investment in Australia.

News May 16, 2020

Parliament bypassed for Covid-19 legislation

Even Coalition MPs are calling for increased scrutiny of legislation rushed through in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

News May 16, 2020

Dutton pushing for new ASIO powers

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton seeks to allow the agency to plant surveillance devices with no warrant, among a raft of sweeping changes.

News May 09, 2020

What happened with the Ruby Princess

As five separate inquiries examine how the ship became Australia’s largest source of Covid-19 deaths, the messy arrangements at our borders are now under intense scrutiny.

News May 02, 2020

How the COVIDSafe data could be used

While the government has been at pains to address privacy concerns about the COVIDSafe app, cybersecurity analysts believe the data could be mined for other uses.

News April 25, 2020

Australia pushes for global inquiry into outbreak

While Australia’s calls for an investigation into China’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak may not have helped relations with the powerhouse nation, they could prove a welcome move among Indo–Pacific neighbours.

News April 18, 2020

Opposition tactics in a pandemic

Working with the government to deliver the Covid-19 economic stimulus package has forced the opposition to consider a change of tactics.