Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper's national correspondent.

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News March 31, 2018

Gap not closing on Indigenous disadvantage

The government’s assessment of Indigenous disadvantage ignores how far behind remote communities are compared with cities, and how top-down policy-making reinforces economic disparities.

News March 24, 2018

Behind Dutton’s ‘white farmers’ untruths

Aided by enthusiasm in the Murdoch press, Peter Dutton’s concern for white South African farmers shows a minister detached from facts.

News March 17, 2018

Trump’s trade war leaves Turnbull gun-shy

In declining to support international action against the new US steel and aluminium tariffs, Malcolm Turnbull damages our standing on trade.

News March 09, 2018

Turnbull’s parliamentary circus

The legislative record of the 45th parliament is hidden behind a sideshow of scandal and division – and even then it’s not very impressive.

News March 03, 2018

Nationals upset farmers over water

A focus on hugely lucrative water buybacks has left the Nationals vulnerable to accusations they have abandoned family farmers.

News February 24, 2018

Furore at the ABC

Two recent controversies at the ABC – the handling of the secret cabinet files and treatment of chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici – have left senior staff furious at what they see as incompetent managerialism.

News February 17, 2018

Morrison’s pursuit of Trump economics

All the evidence suggests Treasurer Scott Morrison’s zeal to adopt Trump-style corporate tax cuts will not deliver increased investment and wage rises, but could create huge budget deficits in the future.

News February 10, 2018

Federal war on news and truth

As the government looks for easy votes in national security, clumsy legislation finds an unexpected enemy in the News Corp tabloids.

News February 03, 2018

A playbook for the culture wars

Malcolm Turnbull is intent on launching the government into a series of Howard-era culture wars. The problem is he’s not very good at it.