Mike Seccombe
is The Saturday Paper's national correspondent.

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News August 20, 2016

How top-ranking NSW police failed the Lindt cafe siege

Deleted text messages and botched directions underscore the flaws in an operation senior police say was not their responsibility.

News August 13, 2016

Census attacks raise issue of security of foreign investment in infrastructure

The attack on the census website highlights concerns over more damaging cyberwarfare, potentially state-sponsored, leading some experts to caution against foreign investment in critical infrastructure.

News August 06, 2016

How the Northern Territory failed

At the heart of the NT government’s perpetual shambles is a crisis of fiscal racism that for decades has squandered federal money.

News July 30, 2016

How rooftop solar energy became a political issue

A potentially influential, unclaimed political constituency is lurking in our suburbs.

News July 23, 2016

How Pauline Hanson changes politics through fear

Pauline Hanson is back exhorting the same old message: fear and racial intolerance. And once again she’s set to change the political landscape.

News July 16, 2016

The Sydney siege: what went wrong

As the coronial inquiry into the Lindt cafe siege draws to a close in Sydney, a litany of police errors have become apparent.

News July 09, 2016

How GetUp! boosted Labor in Election 2016

Activist group GetUp! made 40,000 phone calls in seats selected to target Abbott-aligned parliamentarians, helping Labor win its key gains.

News July 02, 2016

The $250 million federal election question

When it comes to election campaigns, it’s easier to sell the negative over the positive – at a massive cost to taxpayers.

News June 25, 2016

The success of the Parliamentary Budget Office

The PBO has proved a boon for accountability, preventing political parties from citing fanciful costings or embarking on ‘black hole’ scare campaigns.