Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper's national correspondent.

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News June 21, 2014

The Henderson gigs

In an unreleased review he chaired into the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Gerard Henderson recommended he be put in charge of judges. Now he’s got his wish, for a much richer prize.

Business June 14, 2014

Super funds benefit from corporate tax avoidance

While most are appalled by stories of corporate tax avoidance, we are also enjoying the benefits through investment in these companies by our super funds.

Business June 07, 2014

The buried treasures of corporate tax avoidance

Tony Abbott has paid lip service to tax reform, but his government’s latest measures only serve to make corporate avoidance easier.

News May 31, 2014

Abbott’s faceless men of the IPA

There is one group to which Tony Abbott has kept his promises since becoming prime minister: the Institute of Public Affairs.

News May 24, 2014

Mining’s multi-billion-dollar black hole

As the boom ends, poor oversight and lax bonds leave governments stuck with an enormous bill for mining’s clean-up.

News May 17, 2014

Malcolm Fraser: the dour optimist

For a time, it seemed he would be, like Nixon, remembered for a single sensational act. But Malcolm Fraser’s rebirth as a passionate libertarian now sees him back in public life.

News May 10, 2014

The party donors ICAC doesn’t see

The influence ICAC scrutinises is just the grubby tip. Here, we explore the iceberg of political donations.

News May 03, 2014

Liberal slush funds expose Hartcher and bitter factional wars

Behind the ICAC revelations that have already toppled a premier, a factional feud threatens the entire party.

News April 26, 2014

The end of coal

It was set to be Australia’s biggest mine, but the simple rules of supply and demand mean the coalfields of Queensland’s Galilee Basin may never be excavated.