Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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News August 17, 2019

How the China question split Australian politics

With his controversial op-ed, Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie set off a debate that has riven Canberra along unexpected lines.

News August 10, 2019

Political parties cash in on gambling largesse

The crushing rejection of a parliamentary push for an investigation into Crown Casino highlights how much the major parties are in the thrall of the gambling lobby.

News August 03, 2019

Coalition bets anti-union bill on Setka rebuke

While the government argues it needs tough new powers to break up thuggish, militant unions, experts say the average union member is a 50-something woman working in aged care.

News July 27, 2019

Newstart: Thaw in senate may end 25-year freeze

As the upper house this week backs an inquiry into raising Newstart, analysis shows it is Australian seniors who are most likely to be living on just $38 a day.

News July 20, 2019

How seniors became our most fierce lobby

Organised, connected and efficient, older voters have campaigned hard for concessions from the government and won time and again.

News July 13, 2019

The reality behind Morrison’s tax cuts

Scott Morrison says there will be no cuts to health, education or services to pay for his tax package. The numbers tell a different story.

News July 06, 2019

Pyne, Bishop and the Big Four

The major consultancies are not just a preferred employer for former ministers – they have helped privatise the bureaucracy by stealth.

News June 29, 2019

Tax cuts and economic stimulus

The government is adamant its proposed three-stage tax package be passed in its entirety or not at all – thus potentially denying a slowing economy some much-needed stimulus.

News June 22, 2019

The lobbying power of super funds

With the growing popularity of ethical investments, superannuation funds are lobbying companies to clean up their act. But some say the funds should focus squarely on maximising profits for their members.

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