Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper's national correspondent.

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News November 21, 2015

Shenhua’s Mongolia coalmining scandal highlights local fears

International criticism hardens opponents of the Chinese coalmining giant’s plans for the Liverpool Plains, as governments roll over.

News November 14, 2015

The many trials of Cardinal George Pell

As Cardinal Pell prepares for another child sex abuse hearing, his ‘company man’ style has made him enemies within the Vatican.

News November 07, 2015

Big Australia’s date with density

The PM’s Big Australia vision, with high levels of immigration, requires a greater urban density than Australians are accustomed to. It also means serious infrastructure shortfalls in our cities cannot be ignored.

News October 31, 2015

Chinese investment and extradition

Australian governments must engage in a negotiation of the nation’s need for good economic relations amid unease about Chinese investment.

News October 24, 2015

How the Minerals Council of Australia has govt’s ear on coal

Heavily represented and funded by the biggest polluters on the planet, the all-powerful Minerals Council of Australia continues to spruik the benefits of coal to a largely compliant government.

News October 17, 2015

Immigration essential to replace populations in critical decline

Precipitously declining Western populations will not support growth without greatly increasing immigration, bringing with it huge social change. Ultimately, the growth model itself will have to be reconsidered.

News October 10, 2015

Farhad Jabar shooting sees a change in the failed language of terror

The response to radicalised Parramatta shooter Farhad Jabar shows what is needed to combat terrorism in Australia.

News October 03, 2015

The IPA and other losers of the Tony Abbott guard

The change of prime minister has fundamentally altered the influence of the IPA and other far-right groups and individuals in Canberra.

News September 26, 2015

Leadership change sparks civil war at News Corp

The commentators who thought Tony Abbott was their champion are desperately looking for relevance after the coup.