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

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News May 06, 2017

Coalition pins its hopes on budget approval

A less brutal budget may be the government’s last hope to wrest back public support and quieten questions over Turnbull’s leadership.

News April 29, 2017

Brandis reverses community legal centres funding cut

The government’s reversal of funding cuts to community legal centres came after a campaign from across the legal sector and within parliament.

News April 22, 2017

Trump’s message to China on North Korea

As Donald Trump toughens his rhetoric on North Korea, the implications for Australia and other neighbours are becoming clearer.

News April 15, 2017

Housing affordability divides Turnbull and Morrison

Debate within the government about housing affordability underscores a rift between the prime minister and his treasurer.

Life April 15, 2017

Singer and song-collector Jessie Lloyd

Musician Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project aims to open up a forgotten Indigenous musical history to a mainstream audience.

News April 08, 2017

Business takes lead on climate disasters

In the wake of cyclone Debbie, the insurance and banking industries are pushing for better mitigation measures, while the federal government lags behind.

News April 01, 2017

Dispute over Heyfield logging deal pulls in senior cabinet

The impending closure of Heyfield sawmill has pitted senior federal ministers against each other, a premier, farmers and conservationists.

News March 25, 2017

New ACTU secretary Sally McManus on the new IR battlegrounds

The new ACTU leadership finds the Turnbull government more ideologically anti-union than John Howard’s.

News March 18, 2017

One Nation’s business model questioned after WA election failure

As the fallout continues from Pauline Hanson’s WA state election campaign, claims emerge of a party run as a pyramid scheme.