Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper's national correspondent.

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News May 20, 2017

Migrants targeted as refugee panic founders

The government’s ‘Australians first’ rhetoric is a response to hardening community attitudes over immigration and job security.

News May 13, 2017

What the future holds for Fairfax

Fairfax’s latest staff cuts signal a crisis in Australian journalism, but international models offer a ray of hope.

News May 06, 2017

Turnbull’s war on universities

If the government’s new schools funding plan represents an ideological change, its cuts to universities reflect a calculated antipathy.

News April 29, 2017

Land clearing and climate change

The majority of the Emissions Reduction Fund is poured into questionable abatement schemes to discourage land clearing, while mass deforestation cancels out any climate gains.

News April 22, 2017

Inside the war on Safe Schools

The campaign against Safe Schools is reaching its final chapter, but in many respects the program has already done its work.

News April 15, 2017

Killing the Great Barrier Reef

As the Great Barrier Reef suffers record bleaching, Malcolm Turnbull courts a mining giant that will only hasten its death.

News April 08, 2017

Centrelink leaks more private data

As Centrelink shares further personal data to defend criticisms of its debt recovery, the legality of its actions is in question.

News April 01, 2017

What counts as rich now?

The refusal of politicians to define ‘rich’ plays to a social confusion about how well off people actually are.

News March 25, 2017

The gas industry’s power play

Long-term mismanagement of Australia’s gas industry has seen price gouging by cartels and the possible need for imports. Even if the government can put things to right, natural gas will never again be a cheap alternative fossil fuel.