So far so good. To the surprise of many – including, one suspects, Bill Shorten himself – the Batman by-election is done and dusted and it appeared that the confected furore over the great dividend imputation refund had little, if anything, to do with it.
Yet another triumph for our indefatigable prime minister. Now he has saved the nation – maybe the world – from the scourge of The Donald’s dastardly tariffs on steel and aluminium.
By Mungo MacCallum Bill Shorten has finally taken a firm position on the Adani coal mine: procrastination. The opposition leader tells us that when (not if – there can surely be no doubt of it) Labor becomes government, he will... Read More →
Incredibly, it is being counted as a win for Malcolm Turnbull. He has got rid of his errant deputy – Barnaby Joyce will retire to the backbench, just as the Prime Minister advised him to.
Our mild-mannered prime minister has become an uncompromising economic fundamentalist. ‘The law of supply and demand,’ he proclaimed, ‘cannot be suspended.’ Well, up to a point, Mr Turnbull; actually it is not a law but something of an ideal.
We have struck a new nadir, a depth of greed and amorality that is unlikely to be beaten. Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to allocate $3.8 billion to promote the export of killing machines is the end of the road.
Malcolm Turnbull is back from Japan and spruiking – indeed insisting, demanding that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Mark II must be implemented, legislated and ratified without delay because it will yield billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
Richard di Natale is wrong. Changing the date of Australia Day should not and will not be the top issue of 2018. But Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are equally wrong: it cannot be dismissed as a non-issue either.
Exclusive, scoop, shock, horror! Politicians tell porkies! In an amazing journalistic breakthrough, it can be revealed that sometimes Australia’s political leaders may not hold strictly to the unvarnished truth.
It’s always good to see Alexander Downer back in the news. He gave us endless amusement as leader of the Liberal Party, in which he effortlessly surpassed Billy McMahon as the worst in living memory.
Malcolm Turnbull’s New Year resolution is apparently to update his slogan – jobs and growth is so 2017, and thus is ready for a rejig.
The renaissance of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership proclaimed with such jubilation by John Alexander after regaining the seat of Bennelong lasted just 24 hours.
Given that just about all our prime minister’s announcements proclaim the greatest reform since federation, or the most sweeping advance since the second world war, or at least the sexiest makeover since last week, you could be forgiven for not getting over-excited about these.
Malcolm Turnbull may not have wished to appear churlish last Thursday after the final vote on the same sex marriage bill, but he had no choice: that was his job.
Morrison and Turnbull looked like a couple of miscreants being forced to share a particularly smelly shit sandwich, and what’s more to pretend that it was all their idea
When all else fails, dangle the prospect a tax cut and hope that the jaded eyes of the voters light up. Well, perhaps it’s not actually a prospect, more of a hint – or just a suggestion of a hint.
The best thing about the same sex marriage survey (apart, of course, from the entirely predictable numbers) is that it finally and conclusively disproves the myth of the silent majority.
So Malcolm Turnbull’s big idea to end the dual citizen crisis is to ask (or perhaps tell – it is not clear which) his troops, and presumably the rest of the parliament, to explain openly and concisely whether they believe they are compliant with the constitution or not.
Taking a break between grave matters of national security and remembering the holocaust in Israel, Malcolm Turnbull said somewhat incongruously that he was having more fun than he had ever had in his life.
Malcolm Turnbull crows that his National Energy Guarantee is a game changer – and so it is, but that doesn’t mean much.
Tony Abbott’s bravura performance as a stand-up comic at the Flat Earthers Twilight Home Laugh In, or whatever it was called, deservedly received rave reviews – the consensus was that he was a raving ratbag.
Malcolm Turnbull plans to further suspend habeas for 10-year-olds suspected of watching bad things on the internet and bump up the system of facial recognition, among other attacks on our civil liberties, writes Mungo MacCallum.
The deal which Malcolm Turnbull announced last week after yet another talkfest with the major gas suppliers ended with a lot of reassurances (from our prime minister, at least) but nothing that could be described as a binding commitment.
ABC news flashed the headline last Thursday: ‘Abbott head-butted by SSM supporter.’ For a delirious moment I thought that Malcolm Turnbull had finally run out of patience with his sniping, undermining, wrecking tormentor…
Malcolm Turnbull is doing something about the energy crisis he has manufactured. Or at least he is trying to do something about it. Or perhaps he is actually just talking – well, screaming and ranting – about trying to do something about it.