Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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News October 12, 2019

The decline of political freedoms in Australia

While the Australian government is quick to criticise other countries for restricting people’s freedoms, its treatment of whistleblowers and climate protesters reveals an alarming hypocrisy.

News October 05, 2019

The cost of increasing the super rate

While the proposal to increase the superannuation rate to 12 per cent has bipartisan support, the reform is likely to be a significant economic burden that exacerbates inequality.

News September 28, 2019

NSW farmers’ class action on water

As water supplies remain perilously low across Australia’s drought-stricken east, a group of farmers is launching a $750 million class action against the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.

News September 21, 2019

Robo-debt class action launched

As prominent lawyer Peter Gordon launches a class action against Centrelink’s controversial robo-debt scheme, the minister in charge claims it’s all a political stunt.

News September 14, 2019

Philip Lowe and Australia’s economy

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe is flouting convention, publicly calling on the government and business to do more to save Australia’s foundering economy.

News September 07, 2019

ICAC and the federal watchdog

The revelations at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption this week serve as a timely reminder that the federal government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be a watchdog with some bark but hardly any bite.

News August 31, 2019

Stalemate on stagnant wage growth

As the country faces stagnant wage growth, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has asked Australian companies to stop returning profits to wealthy shareholders. But the federal government is doing little else, reluctant to put its long-promised surplus at risk.

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.

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