Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper's national correspondent.

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news October 21, 2017

The Hanson plot to kill the ABC

This week’s failed senate attempt to tighten control over the national broadcaster highlights the sway One Nation has over the Coalition.

news October 14, 2017

The gun nuts in our parliament

While Australian gun laws are lauded as the world’s most stringent, fringe political parties and lobbyists are doing their best to erode them.

news October 07, 2017

Murdoch’s failure to launch Fox here

With the collapse of Murdoch’s takeover plan for Ten, something else ended: the designs for his Sky roster to take a de facto Fox News to the mainstream.

news September 30, 2017

The money case for gay marriage

Legislation for same-sex marriage overseas provides a series of natural experiments on social, economic and personal benefits.

news September 23, 2017

Proving political collusion in water buybacks

Following revelations about inappropriate dealings with irrigators, the first of six inquiries finds a regulator captured by vested interests.

news September 16, 2017

Climate action stalling here and in America

The federal government is ignoring the realities of climate change – mirroring trends towards inaction in American politics.

news September 09, 2017

Inside the ‘Yes’ case

The ‘Yes’ campaign is refusing to get sidetracked by bitter personal fights with those opposed to same-sex marriage, focusing instead on inclusion.

news September 02, 2017

The influence of political donations

A senate inquiry will consider how donations to political parties influence policy and how they’re hidden, calling on representatives from the biggest donors in the mining and banking industries to explain what they’re buying.

news August 26, 2017

How the religious right stall climate action

While most religious leaders accept climate change, the Christian right in Australia and the US make scepticism a tenet of their politics.

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