Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper’s national correspondent.

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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.

News March 22, 2014

Sinodinos steps down while ICAC investigates

For so long NSW Labor has been weighed down by allegations of corruption. Now a link between Liberal Party stalwart Arthur Sinodinos and Eddie Obeid has cast a dark shadow on the Abbott government.

News March 15, 2014

George Pell voices Ellis case "concern" to royal commission

This week something of a bombshell was dropped during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Opinion March 08, 2014

Big Tobacco’s plan to stub out plain packaging

“At least one claim made by Philip Morris is true: the company is bigger than Uruguay ... Australia, with an economy 15 times bigger, had the means to meet Big Tobacco’s challenge. ”

News March 08, 2014

Shoppies boss Joe de Bruyn bows out

A union stalwart stands down but his conservative views continue to influence Australian social policy.