Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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News July 27, 2019

Newstart: Thaw in senate may end 25-year freeze

As the upper house this week backs an inquiry into raising Newstart, analysis shows it is Australian seniors who are most likely to be living on just $38 a day.

News July 20, 2019

How seniors became our most fierce lobby

Organised, connected and efficient, older voters have campaigned hard for concessions from the government and won time and again.

News July 13, 2019

The reality behind Morrison’s tax cuts

Scott Morrison says there will be no cuts to health, education or services to pay for his tax package. The numbers tell a different story.

News July 06, 2019

Pyne, Bishop and the Big Four

The major consultancies are not just a preferred employer for former ministers – they have helped privatise the bureaucracy by stealth.

News June 29, 2019

Tax cuts and economic stimulus

The government is adamant its proposed three-stage tax package be passed in its entirety or not at all – thus potentially denying a slowing economy some much-needed stimulus.

News June 22, 2019

The lobbying power of super funds

With the growing popularity of ethical investments, superannuation funds are lobbying companies to clean up their act. But some say the funds should focus squarely on maximising profits for their members.

News June 15, 2019

Cannon-Brookes and the new climate guard

As the Coalition stalls on emissions reduction, moneyed climate activists are turning to direct investment, led by tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.

News June 08, 2019

Australia’s China dilemma

As Sino–American relations further fracture, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to the Solomon Islands exemplifies Australia’s commitment to strengthening Pacific bonds and pushing back against Chinese influence in the region.

News May 25, 2019

Morrison sprints to Adani approval

The Queensland Labor government has taken the Coalition’s election victory as a warning it must fall in line and green-light the Carmichael coalmine.