Mike Steketee


Mike Steketee started his career in 1966 as a cadet journalist with the Daily Telegraph in Sydney. He joined the Sydney Morning Herald in 1975 and his positions there included Washington correspondent, NSW State political correspondent, Canberra political correspondent and head of bureau and political editor based in Sydney. He became The Australian’s national affairs editor in 1994. Since 2012 he has been a freelance journalist.

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10 Oct 2018

What passes for leadership these days seems to be meeting the demands of an undisciplined Liberal Party and ignoring the national interest, and so the past is catching up with a climate-sceptical Australian government, writes Mike Steketee.


5 Apr 2018

Automated welfare didn’t end with the robo-debt controversy. Here and overseas, governments are turning vital decisions over to computers.

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28 Feb 2018

Mike Steketee reviews Andrew Leigh's new book, ' Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World .'


16 Nov 2017

Could the National Disability Insurance Scheme be threatened by higher-than-expected diagnoses of autism and developmental delay?


12 Jul 2017

Taking private donations out of the equation would help restore trust in the political system – and we’re already partway there, writes Mike Steketee.

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