Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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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.

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.