Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper's national correspondent.

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news October 03, 2015

The IPA and other losers of the Tony Abbott guard

The change of prime minister has fundamentally altered the influence of the IPA and other far-right groups and individuals in Canberra.

news September 26, 2015

Leadership change sparks civil war at News Corp

The commentators who thought Tony Abbott was their champion are desperately looking for relevance after the coup.

news September 19, 2015

Turnbull faces a recession

The promise of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership has lifted economic confidence, but he must now deliver genuine reforms in the face of global downturn.

news September 12, 2015

Hesta’s Transfield dumping highlights ethical focus

Borrowing lessons from fossil fuel divestment, a group of activists and investment funds are using the sharemarket in an attempt to shape refugee policy.

news September 05, 2015

Abbott’s rules of distraction on lawfare and ChAFTA

The government’s ‘lawfare’ rhetoric is part of a deliberate effort to shift blame for slow wages growth and high unemployment onto environmental groups and others.

news August 29, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Christian right

As Australia becomes less religious, churches have insinuated themselves into politics and gained particular control over Tony Abbott.

news August 22, 2015

Abbott’s smoke and mirrors before Paris climate summit

Tony Abbott’s emissions reduction pledge ahead of the UN climate summit in Paris smacks of statistical sophistry and deceptive deadlines.

news August 15, 2015

Smoking ban set to inflame larger issues in prisons

A ban on cigarettes in NSW prisons sparked fears of insurrection, but questions have arisen over the effectiveness of such policies and the greater problem of overcrowded facilities.

news August 08, 2015

Filthy secrets shroud Aust’s emissions reduction plans

Weak regulation is increasing Australia’s carbon emissions and allowing dirty power stations to survive.