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.
Our prime minister’s recent invocation of the chum bucket was a most unfortunate analogy. What he meant, apparently, is a bucket of blood and guts fishermen use to entice their prey. But as Labor pointed out, it can also be an appropriate metaphor for the Liberal Party itself.
PM Scott Morrison has failed to convince people smugglers that they should resume their business. It is to be hoped that a majority of the electorate is equally sceptical.
Too big to fail, too big to jail. It is hard not to believe that if Hayne was a judge at the Nuremberg trials, he would have let off Rudolf Hess as a first offender.
Coalition in new year bounce, screamed The Australian ecstatically. Well, not all that much of a bounce – the latest Newspoll showed that the government’s position had improved from catastrophic to merely awful.
Warren Mundine is a serious politician. For most of his life he has been a player in the great game, either directly or more often and perhaps more effectively indirectly, through working in and around his community.
However strenuously our prime minister insists that he is talking quietly and respectfully to constituents about the real issues that that concern them, the real ScoMo always lurches shoutily into the headlines.
The pugnacious potato has done it again. Having unleashed his innumerate megalomania to destroy Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton has now derailed Scott Morrison’s attempt to mend the fractured relationship with the Pacific.