Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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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.

News September 19, 2015

Turnbull faces a recession

The promise of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership has lifted economic confidence, but he must now deliver genuine reforms in the face of global downturn.

News September 12, 2015

Hesta’s Transfield dumping highlights ethical focus

Borrowing lessons from fossil fuel divestment, a group of activists and investment funds are using the sharemarket in an attempt to shape refugee policy.

News September 05, 2015

Abbott’s rules of distraction on lawfare and ChAFTA

The government’s ‘lawfare’ rhetoric is part of a deliberate effort to shift blame for slow wages growth and high unemployment onto environmental groups and others.

News August 29, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Christian right

As Australia becomes less religious, churches have insinuated themselves into politics and gained particular control over Tony Abbott.