Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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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.

News April 19, 2014

Barry O’Farrell’s resignation after misleading ICAC

ICAC, a bottle of wine and a massive memory fail created the perfect storm to bring down a premier.

News April 12, 2014

James Packer’s sweet deals for casino

As Packer’s Barangaroo casino ploughs through all obstacles, it becomes more clear he plays by different rules.

Politics April 05, 2014

Who votes for Clive Palmer?

Amid signs the vote for Clive Palmer’s party is dropping, a picture of his mainstay supporters is emerging.

News March 29, 2014

Andrews leads fight to abolish charities commission

There are two groups that want the charities regulator and its oversights scuppered: the financial services industry and the Catholic Church. They have a friend in the government.