Martin McKenzie-Murray
is The Saturday Paper’s chief correspondent.

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News March 05, 2016

Cardinal George Pell’s royal commission testimony

The remarkable part of George Pell’s royal commission testimony is not its insensitivity but what it asks people to believe.

News February 27, 2016

Policing domestic violence

As the victim of a violent, menacing partner, Mary turned to the police for help. Years later, she feels as vulnerable as ever.

News February 20, 2016

Backlash against CSIRO’s ‘cowboy’ chief Larry Marshall

As Larry Marshall signals cuts to various programs, CSIRO staff say he is either out of his depth or has questionable motives – or both.

News February 13, 2016

Closing the Gap a ritual of empty words

Malcolm Turnbull’s first Closing the Gap address acknowledges shortcomings and delivers platitudes but fails to make progress.

News February 06, 2016

The lawful truth of the High Court’s offshore detention decision

The High Court’s ruling that offshore detention is legal has cruelly condemned 37 Australian-born babies to a life of uncertainty on a bleak island. What was the government's ‘sleight of hand’ that protected our immigration policy?

News January 30, 2016

Inside corrupt sports betting

Recent allegations concerning top-level tennis highlight a growing market in corruption that goes hand in hand with a rise in online gambling.

News January 23, 2016

Holiday surprises for Malcolm Turnbull

Traditionally, Christmas and new year marks a flat spot for political news. But the past few weeks have thrown up their share of woe for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

News December 19, 2015

2015: A carnival of cognitive dissonance

If anything existed to make sense of the past year, it was a stubborn refusal to accept realities – in politics, in sport, in life.

News December 12, 2015

Inside the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

The trade union royal commission has been haunted by politicisation since it began, ranging from the Gillard–AWU claims, to the attempted ousting of Commissioner Dyson Heydon, to last weekend’s arrests. But with all the drama, are we missing the point?