Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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News March 07, 2015

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison’s ‘fluffy’ new image

His campaign to stop the boats made him the government’s toughest minister, but a new portfolio has Scott Morrison remodelling.

News February 28, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s new leadership plan: panic

Tony Abbott’s security speech shows him already reaching for the last trick in the conservative playbook.

News February 21, 2015

What drives Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull

“There seems to be a repeating pattern, of people being drawn close to Turnbull, then falling out with him. Sometimes, particularly if it suits him, there is a reconciliation.”

News February 14, 2015

Donation disclosure reveals murky deal for Country Liberals

A Darwin private school's indirect donation to the CLP, raises questions about disclosure laws, and the involvement of consultants Crosby Textor.

News February 07, 2015

Leadership style cruels Tony Abbott, Campbell Newman and co

With leaders falling at the hands of voters and their own parties, management style is in the spotlight. But another contentious issue is coming back time and again to haunt both sides of politics.

News January 31, 2015

Inside the Sydney siege

State and federal inquiries are under way. But is there sufficient independence to assess potential shortcomings at the policing, intelligence or political levels?

News January 24, 2015

Inside Peter Dutton’s asylum-seeker endgame

Peter Dutton’s new portfolio is no longer about stopping the boats but whether to maintain cruel and expensive detention.

News December 20, 2014

How John Howard’s tax cuts undid his protégé Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott’s great mentor left him with a squandered boom and a tax system that may yet destroy his government.

News December 13, 2014

PM’s Literary Awards ignite fresh history wars

Awarding a PM’s literary prize to a poorly sourced anti-union tome is an unsubtle attempt to rewrite history.