Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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News May 11, 2019

Are the Nationals still the party of the bush?

With the election poised to be a referendum on climate policy, the junior Coalition partner finds itself out of touch with voters, even in its traditional strongholds.

News May 04, 2019

What Clive Palmer wants for his $60m

Despite Clive Palmer’s outlandish claims of his party forming government, the United Australia Party leader has a canny election strategy: to benefit his mining interests.

News April 27, 2019

Campaigning for votes from ethnic communities

Data shows the Coalition’s 2016 election victory hinged on just three ethnically diverse seats – Banks, Reid and Chisholm. This time around Labor is shaping its campaign around winning back these communities.

News April 20, 2019

Inside the GetUp! election machine

The progressive group is gearing up to spend its $12.7 million war chest on unseating six key members of the Coalition’s hard right and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

News April 13, 2019

Election 2019: welcome to the age war

While older Australians reap the benefits of the government’s fiscal policies, it is millennials who are fast becoming the nation’s largest voting bloc, but they are not becoming more conservative as they age.

News April 06, 2019

Labor’s climate change and EV plan

The government was quick to deride Labor’s latest action plan on climate change, particularly its electric vehicle target. Meanwhile, experts, including the NRMA, say the policy didn’t go far enough and that Australia risks falling woefully behind on motoring technology.

News March 30, 2019

Legal gambit to cut charity funding

The federal government claims it lacks the constitutional power to fund advocacy activity, although it refuses to release its advice and legal experts uniformly reject the assertion.

News March 23, 2019

The Coalition and the race issue

Scott Morrison’s words following the Christchurch massacre were sensitive and well chosen, but how can they be read as ingenuous when they follow on from almost two decades of his party deliberately cultivating disunity and fear?

News March 16, 2019

Wages growth lowest since WWII

With wages stagnating since the Coalition took office, Labor is hoping to make the election a fight on industrial relations – even if it doesn’t have solutions.