Paul Bongiorno

is a columnist for The Saturday Paper and a 30-year veteran of the Canberra Press Gallery.

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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.’”

Opinion September 27, 2014

Abbott saving the world and killing the planet

“Shrouding the prime minister from any humiliation over climate change is the fog of war. Australia is now in anti-terrorism overdrive. The nation is panicked.”

Opinion September 20, 2014

Black rights and white wrongs

“Abbott seems to be listening. He wants the recognition referendum to succeed. He’s burying the habit of a lifetime to be a national, inclusive leader. ”

Opinion September 13, 2014

Abbott waging war on the past and the future

This week the government relentlessly pursued fallen political foes and rhetorical enemies abroad.