Morrison’s view of the bureaucracy is apparently based on TV satires, the British Yes Minister and the Australian Utopia.
The Great White Father has arrived on the far-flung atolls of the Pacific. Like the missionaries before him, Scott Morrison is delivering the bringing of the light -- a gospel of hope and salvation. Well, up to a point. Boiled down, his message is that if they are worried about the rising waters, they should sandbag the foreshores and move to higher ground (if there is any), because he is not going to do anything substantial to help.
Scott Morrison is not too keen on history…
Newspoll has emerged from its grotto and ScoMo’s troops are cheering. The honeymoon has kicked in, and how.
One, two, three, four. Keeping faith’s a dreadful bore. Five, six, seven, eight. Tap the mat, capitulate.
The private health industry, we were told last week, is ‘a muddled healthcare system that is riddled with inconsistencies and perverse initiatives…
Scott Morrison really likes quiet Australians – as quiet as possible.
Last week Anthony Albanese passed his first test – at least the one the magisterial examiners of The Australian devised for him…
Last week Scott Morrison spelled out what he called his economic policy…
It took just a month after the election for the miraculous Morrison mob to dial back up to peak crazy.
If John Setka did not exist, the coalition would have invented him. But fortunately he does exist, so it’s just a matter of slapping on a few bells and whistles, dimming the lights and tuning up the spooky music, and hey presto!
Our Prime Minister assures us that the AFP raids of last week had absolutely nothing to do with him. Well, of course not – he and his government are never responsible for anything.
It’s an old line, but a good one and unfortunately usually a true one: the front benches of parliament are top heavy with lightweights.
It didn’t take long for the hubris to kick in.Before the dust was settled, an exultant Liberal was reported as gloating: 'We just campaigned on a strong economy – we’ve got a mandate to do anything!' Well, anything – or nothing.
History, declared Henry Ford, is bunk. And last Saturday, the Australian electorate agreed.
Scott Morrison’s launch was, ironically, the last of the big set pieces. The remaining mad (and largely irrelevant) days will be scrabbling over a few marginal seats in which the vast majority of those who have not already voted will have already made up their minds. …
ScoMo’s campaign is going back to the future – quite a long way back.
As the quintessential warrior Winston Churchill once put it, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it may be the end of the beginning. Or, in more contemporary terms, this is where the story really starts.
A short week of campaigning and an even shorter one to come – which is perhaps why the temperature has ramped up to almost febrile levels.
The final jobs for the boys and girls have been squared away, the pointless tit-for-tat over taxpayer advertising and who is closer to the Chinese have been shelved, and Melissa Price has obediently signed off on Adani, as ordered by... Read More →
A somewhat exasperated Bill Shorten accuses Scott Morrison of playing games over the election date – and so he is.
Let’s be clear about the Al Jazeera sting against One Nation: the drunken braggarts who fell for it deserved all they got and more.
Scott Morrison would have been happier and clappier than usual when he went to his Horizon Pentecostalist Church last Sunday.
Most Australians see Scott Morrison like a hole in the air – a political vacuum feverishly trying to present himself as authentic by relying on the constant repetition of the mantra he adopted from Alan Jones, ‘fair dinkum.’
Scott Morrison may be shedding ministers like the early leaves of autumn, but, as usual, there are distractions – and for once he can be profoundly grateful.