Paul Bongiorno
is a columnist for The Saturday Paper and a regular commentator on ABC Radio National Breakfast.

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Opinion August 01, 2015

Shorten picking up the Bill

“Labor has begun to show a political adroitness many thought beyond it. And maybe Shorten’s political luck has returned. ”

Opinion July 18, 2015

Barnaby Joyce’s undermining over coal

“This ability to deny reality or redefine it to suit your convenience is, for some, the art of politics. For most sane people, it is simply incredible.”

Opinion July 11, 2015

Bill Shorten and the $80 million unions royal commission

“Dragging the Labor leader through this expensive demolition exercise could be Abbott’s last throw of the dice.”

Opinion July 04, 2015

Tony Abbott’s ABF and excessive use of higher force

“Asylum seekers must always be seen as threats, queue jumpers and illegals, and never as desperate human beings, men, women and children.”

Opinion June 27, 2015

Tony Abbott’s federal election preparations

“Tony Abbott’s behaviour in recent weeks is throwing up pretty compelling evidence that he is poised to rush to the polls as soon as he thinks he has a better than even chance of winning.”

Opinion June 20, 2015

Tony Abbott baits hooks and pays crooks

“Nowhere does the ‘hook or by crook’ doctrine reveal itself more dramatically than in the mounting evidence that the government is now in the people-smuggling business.”

Opinion June 13, 2015

Dutton and Coalition wag the human rights watchdog

“Immigration Minister Peter Dutton shrouds everything he does in ‘operational’ secrecy. North Korea couldn’t do it better.”

Opinion June 06, 2015

PM Tony Abbott calls out the cabinet Judases

“One voterland issue finding its way into Canberra is same-sex marriage. Do not be fooled by reports the issue has become an inevitability.”

Opinion May 23, 2015

Post-budget polls reflect Abbott’s burning of economic principles

“Half a billion dollars has been saved by stopping the boats, says the budget. That’s dwarfed by the $913 million a year that implementing the policy is still costing.”