Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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News April 02, 2016

The taxpayer’s billions spent on government advertising

The government’s $70m budget for border protection propaganda is the latest in a long line of taxpayer-funded “messaging” exercises.

News March 26, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s climate change thimble trick

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to grant a stay of execution to two government green energy agencies hinges more on cooling the heat on him than the environment.

News March 19, 2016

The tax shirkers running the PM’s ‘agility’ agenda

They are some of the country’s biggest corporate tax avoiders. Now their directors make up the board advising the government on innovation incentives.

News March 12, 2016

The rich people who pay no tax

Lost in the tax debate are the billions hidden in the cash economy, and the complex systems concealing the incomes of the very rich.

News March 05, 2016

Inside John Howard’s legacy

Twenty years after he won government, the economic and political damage of John Howard’s leadership is becoming clearer.

News February 27, 2016

Coalmine approvals based on flawed models

The coal industry uses flawed economic models to persuade gullible governments to approve new mines and expansions, grossly inflating employment benefits and ignoring profitability questions.

News February 20, 2016

Lockout laws and violence in the streets

Sydney’s lockout laws answered a media panic in the wake of two violent deaths on the streets. Assaults in trouble spots have since dropped, but are protests about ruining nightlife businesses misguided?

News February 13, 2016

Stuart Robert and political donations

The Stuart Robert scandal highlights deep flaws in the system when it comes to political donations, accountability and influence.

News February 06, 2016

Who foots the bill for open-cut mine rehabilitation?

There’s a new vogue in mine rehabilitation: sell the mine for nothing, and let someone else sort it out.