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

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Opinion October 31, 2015

Tony Abbott loosens his collar at Thatcher Lecture

“Eric Abetz, before he was unceremoniously dumped by Turnbull, was being lined up as our ambassador to Berlin. That Abbott project has been quietly shelved.”

Opinion October 24, 2015

Resolving doors and Malcolm Turnbull’s spat with Mike Baird

“Two weeks ago there were flashes of the old Turnbull in a heated phone confrontation with NSW premier Mike Baird. ‘A leopard can’t change its spots,’ was the reaction of one MP.”

Opinion October 17, 2015

Abbott’s prospects flat as a board

“Abbott has said he’s not interested in being an ambassador. 'Diplomacy wasn’t his greatest skill,' a highly connected liberal businessman says, 'so it’s just as well.'”

Opinion October 10, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull, trade deals and penalty rates

“Morrison says we need to have a mature discussion. But is there a grown-up way of cutting the wages and conditions of four million Australians?”

Opinion October 03, 2015

Turnbull’s gritted self-belief

“In a disturbing development for the Labor narrative that nothing has changed but the leader, Turnbull has parted ways with Abbott’s chief business adviser, Maurice Newman.”

Opinion September 26, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull a class war act

“One of Labor’s key strategists says they don’t have to be explicit in playing to class envy; it is already happening. Everyone knows Turnbull is a ‘rich dude’.”

Opinion September 19, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull the National Circuit breaker

“What will give Turnbull a freer hand is his performance as measured in the opinion polls. The early signs are ominous for Labor and the hard right.”

Opinion September 12, 2015

Abbott’s borderline success on Syria refugees

“This issue can never shake its racist and xenophobic undertones. Abbott is to be commended for taking no notice of those in his party room on the extreme right. ”

Opinion September 05, 2015

More cracks in Abbott’s cabinet

“Arthur Sinodinos gave the ministerial disunity story a huge blast of oxygen. He would not have done so without full knowledge of the ramifications. ”