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

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Opinion November 29, 2014

Abbott scraping barnacles off a sinking ship

“Without blushing Abbott insisted, 'This is a government that has fundamentally kept faith with the Australian people.'”

Opinion November 22, 2014

Post G20, Abbott gets the thin edge of the sandwich

“The breakaway of Lambie and Muir spells big trouble for Abbott. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann was apoplectic. But no one was angrier than Clive Palmer.”

Opinion November 15, 2014

A change in climate

“When you realise the budget is in fact the government’s 'Economic Action Strategy' being trumpeted in Brisbane, the PM better hope no one is looking too closely. ”

Opinion November 08, 2014

Liberals beauty pageant of preferred leaders

“One senior Labor politician says the Liberals may well return to Malcolm Turnbull, 'if they get to be as desperate as we were in the run-up to the last election'.”

Opinion November 01, 2014

Australia’s political leaders enter the lions’ den

“Shorten was not making a sensationalist play for attention. It was a carefully thought-through statement of his principles and a manifesto for his leadership.”

Opinion October 25, 2014

Claiming Gough’s political legacy

Both sides of parliament rose to eulogise Whitlam, but neither shares an enthusiasm for his reforming agenda.

Opinion October 18, 2014

Putin-Abbott showdown to derail G20

“The prime minister seems to acknowledge his play for domestic plaudits in this instance was at best inelegant, at worst demeaning.”

Opinion October 11, 2014

Union commission witch-hunt and budget booby trap

“Voters can smell a political witch-hunt. The fact that John Howard expressed negative views about going after defeated political opponents also feeds into this sentiment.”

Opinion October 04, 2014

Disconnect on Joe Hockey’s budget rhetoric

“The ABC asked Hockey if he was about to beat a budget retreat. ‘No, the story is wrong,’ Hockey replied. ‘The bottom line is: if you can win a battle, you take that victory, but you never give up on the war.’”