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

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News March 17, 2018

Bupa’s play for radical health cover changes

Plans by Bupa to significantly change the way it provides private health benefits have many doctors and analysts fearing Australian health care is heading towards an American model.

News March 10, 2018

Bungle of Joyce

Two years since Barnaby Joyce became deputy prime minister and three months since his byelection victory, a look at the spectacular flame-out that put the former Nationals leader on the back bench.

News March 03, 2018

Inside China’s ‘united front’

As China is accused of breaking into the home of an academic, the extent of its influence in Australian politics is hotly questioned.

News February 24, 2018

Holy Labor crisis, Batman

The byelection for the inner Melbourne seat of Batman highlights Labor’s dilemma over its values.

News February 17, 2018

Church blames fatigue for redress failure

The Catholic Church says governments see no urgency in establishing child abuse redress schemes as interest wanes after the royal commission.

News February 10, 2018

Bernardi and Shelton’s perfect match

A year on from Cory Bernardi’s defection, his political union with Lyle Shelton is founded on Joh-era popular conservatism and a shared ability to attract attention.

News February 03, 2018

Scenes of monarchy at the State of the Union

Pomp and pageantry surround the State of the Union addresses and great importance is bestowed upon them. But did President Trump’s amount to anything more than a sideshow?

News January 27, 2018

Politics, media and the ‘African gangs’

Racist politics and the summer media vacuum conspired to create a ‘gang’ crisis in a city where crime rates have fallen.

News December 23, 2017

Looking back in anger

In a year that shone light on systemic failures and abuse in old institutions, we ceded more control of our lives to new institutions claiming utopian ideals. The year in review.