Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper's national correspondent.

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News June 13, 2015

Brandis cripples legal aid funding

Brandis's funding cuts and uncertainty in the legal aid sector are leaving the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the community with nowhere to turn for protection.

News June 06, 2015

Wayne Swan’s focus on wages

As the US applauds the success of Australian economic policy, former treasurer Wayne Swan is sitting on a commission that may yet become a ginger group for Labor.

News May 30, 2015

Alcoa closes Anglesea mine as Hazelwood inquiry reopens

The closure of Anglesea’s small coalmine is a test run for an industry facing tightening emission and rehabilitation standards, and the reopening of the inquiry into the Morwell fire.

News May 23, 2015

BHP and Rio Tinto dictate terms to the Abbott governent

Twiggy Forrest’s failed bid to reset the iron ore price inadvertently shows who really tells the Abbott government what to do.

News May 16, 2015

Why the Abbott government wants Bjørn Lomborg’s Consenus Centre

Covert negotiations, whispered announcements and an awkward about-face reveal a political agenda behind reaching consensus.

News May 09, 2015

The hashtag crusaders

How does 'clicktivism’ stand up against the old-fashioned footslog of offline campaigning?

News May 02, 2015

Negative gearing’s social carnage on low-income earners

How tax breaks for investment properties have created a housing affordability crisis while lining the pockets of those least in need.

News April 25, 2015

Western Australia’s brazen call for more GST money

WA's treasurer, a former IPA economist, epitomises the hypocrisy of the state’s special pleading for a bigger share of GST revenue.

News April 18, 2015

Resources bust worse thanks to Howard–Costello

As Hockey finally acknowledges the budget’s revenue problems, there are serious questions about whether resources will ever boom again.