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

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News February 11, 2017

Making sense of Hanson, Bernardi and the New Right

Cory Bernardi’s split to form a conservative party, and the resurgence of One Nation, provides the major parties with a genuine threat from the right.

News February 04, 2017

Inside the fight for the Australian Greens

As battlelines are drawn between ‘the Tony Abbott’ of the Greens and the party’s elders, deeper questions have emerged about style and purpose.

News January 28, 2017

Exclusive: Brandis bound for London, Porter to take Attorney-General

Christian Porter is set to become attorney-general in a post-budget reshuffle, with George Brandis likely being sent to London as high commissioner.

News December 24, 2016

The next wrecking of Great Keppel Island

A plan to build a major casino resort on the Great Barrier Reef is a boon for tourism but has left Indigenous owners complaining they were never consulted.

News December 17, 2016

The new untruth of political campaigns

As a leading polling company is revealed to be behind an activist website ostensibly linked to Medicare, bipartisan support emerges for rules on disclosure.

News December 10, 2016

Pauline Hanson’s plans to expand One Nation

She may be as much pilloried celebrity as politician, but when One Nation leader Pauline Hanson speaks, the disillusioned listen.

News December 03, 2016

Bell Group fallout raises questions of ministers’ roles

Holes in the time line of the WA Bell case pose serious questions about a position that stood to cost the government $300 million.

News November 26, 2016

How will Trump’s US act in Asia?

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, speculation surrounds the US’s ongoing role in Asian diplomacy.

News November 19, 2016

CSIRO’s workplace stalemate

A deadlock in enterprise bargaining negotiations at CSIRO may have revealed the roadmap for reintroducing WorkChoices in the public service by stealth.