Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper's national correspondent.

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News February 24, 2018

Furore at the ABC

Two recent controversies at the ABC – the handling of the secret cabinet files and treatment of chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici – have left senior staff furious at what they see as incompetent managerialism.

News February 17, 2018

Morrison’s pursuit of Trump economics

All the evidence suggests Treasurer Scott Morrison’s zeal to adopt Trump-style corporate tax cuts will not deliver increased investment and wage rises, but could create huge budget deficits in the future.

News February 10, 2018

Federal war on news and truth

As the government looks for easy votes in national security, clumsy legislation finds an unexpected enemy in the News Corp tabloids.

News February 03, 2018

A playbook for the culture wars

Malcolm Turnbull is intent on launching the government into a series of Howard-era culture wars. The problem is he’s not very good at it.

News January 27, 2018

Exclusive: Minerals Council one-third foreign owned

A study of the Minerals Council’s membership reveals the extent of foreign ownership, unchecked by the government’s crackdown on political influence.

News December 23, 2017

It’s all John Howard’s fault

A decade after the fall of the Howard government, Australia remains unable to escape or undo the insular and unfair policies it enacted.

News December 09, 2017

Land clearing and climate change

While the federal government boasts of decreasing carbon emissions from land clearing, state records show rapidly increasing rates of clearing, at great expense to the Emissions Reduction Fund.

News December 02, 2017

How the rich are getting richer

While Treasurer Scott Morrison and the IPA say income inequality is falling, the number of Australians worth more than $50 million has grown by 30 per cent in a year.

News November 24, 2017

How the ‘Yes’ vote changes politics

In the wake of the survey on same-sex marriage, the notion of a silent majority has been disproved and conservative battlelines are being redrawn.