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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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16 Nov 2017

To many, Productivity Commission reports epitomise the harsh, economically dry prescriptions that often prove unpalatable to governments. So here’s a surprise.

In its recent report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the commission’s...

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12 Jul 2017

Let’s be optimistic and say that it’s never too late to start restoring trust in politics and its practitioners. It is not as though we can return to some golden age of democracy, when voters considered politics an honourable and noble profession, because such an era never existed, at least not...

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03 May 2017

One of the most vexed questions about the last election, at least among conservatives, is whether Tony Abbott could have won if he had remained prime minister.

And the answer? No, he couldn’t have. At least, not if you accept newly released findings...

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04 Oct 2016

The concept has spread like wildfire but the results, here and overseas, are mixed, reports Mike Steketee

NSW PREMIER Mike Baird says they have the “potential to change the world.” When he was still social services minister, Scott Morrison said he was “very keen” to...

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24 Jun 2016

Most Australians who take an interest in politics, at least those of a certain age, remember that John Hewson's policy in 1993 to introduce a 15 per cent GST lost him the unloseable election to Paul Keating. Except that is not quite right. There was another factor - health policy.

Hewson...

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14 Mar 2011
Policy reform is being held hostage by loud, polarising voices trivialising debate, writes Mike Steketee in the Australian

THIRTY-SIX per cent of Americans who identify as Republicans believe Barack Obama was born overseas, according to opinion...

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29 Jan 2011

The distribution of wealth has been shifting towards older Australians. In the Australian, Mike Steketee looks at the consequences

THE first of the baby boomers were born in 1946, meaning that they are turning 65 this year. Whether or not...

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16 Jan 2011

In the 27 years that Australia's population rose by 44 per cent, the numbers on a disability pension went up by 250 per cent, writes Mike Steketee in the Australian

IT'S not only the weather that keeps reminding us of the old saw about Australia as a...

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23 Nov 2010

Nick Minchin's views on climate change conform with a conservative strategy of sowing doubt, writes Mike Steketee in the Australian

LAST YEAR, it was Nick Minchin who captured best how the climate change debate transformed from a political and policy question in the...

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25 Oct 2010

Kevin Rudd might prove to be a much better foreign minister than prime minister, writes Mike Steketee in the Australian

THERE is no truth in the rumour that Kevin Rudd has forgotten to tell overseas leaders he is no longer prime minister. Rather, says Tim...

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