Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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News December 07, 2019

Algorithms and prejudice

As governments and police increasingly rely on algorithms and automation, legal experts warn these systems could undermine key discrimination protections.

News December 07, 2019

Lambie’s secret medevac bargain

While the government celebrates the medevac repeal, Labor and the Greens push for detail – and documentation – of the pact struck with Senator Jacqui Lambie.

News November 30, 2019

Hydrogen strategy backs dirty coal

Although touted as a clean energy project, the government’s investment in hydrogen production is in fact protecting the fossil fuel industry – a paradox that may limit the value of the new technology.

News November 23, 2019

The transition to renewable energy

Despite the successes of Australia’s renewable energy sector, the federal government is stalling on further development of this industry, instead maintaining its dogged commitment to coal-fired power.

News November 16, 2019

Actually, it is climate change

As the prime minister refuses to discuss the science linking climate change and the bushfires burning in eastern Australia, former Howard adviser Geoff Cousins compares the political strategy to the tactics of the American gun lobby. With photography by Stephen Dupont.

News November 09, 2019

Activism and secondary boycotts

Although the Coalition is talking tough about criminalising consumer advocacy, legal experts say any attempt to do so will be hamstrung by reality.

News November 02, 2019

The fatal cost of Australia’s rising inequality

As the gap between Australia’s rich and poor continues to widen, a new study highlights the fatal cost of economic inequality and the rise of  ‘deaths of despair’.

News October 26, 2019

Dutton’s plan for a surveillance state

Privacy experts fear the Home Affairs minister will ignore a warning from parliament’s most powerful committee and push ahead with his plan for national surveillance.

News October 19, 2019

Children in the criminal justice system

As crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie pushes to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, experts point to the long-term detrimental effects of early incarceration and a disproportionate racial factor in detention rates.

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