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

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opinion February 18, 2017

Parliamentary attacks reveal politics out of touch

Political attacks often thrill partisans but appear puerile to innocent bystanders. They reinforce the impression that the politicians are more interested in themselves than voters’ concerns.

opinion February 11, 2017

Turnbull’s desperate fight to restore credibility

One senior Liberal doubts whether Turnbull would hang around to lead the government to a defeat. And most fear eventual defeat is more likely than not.

opinion February 04, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull caught out on donation and US deal

When asked why he wouldn’t reveal how much he had given, Turnbull’s answer was as opaque as it was shifty. On Channel Nine, Laurie Oakes accused him of ‘looking like a hypocrite’.

opinion December 24, 2016

Scott Morrison’s ‘zombie’ budget cuts

The numbers are in fact worse than when Morrison and the Liberals in opposition railed against “debt and deficit disasters” and a “budget emergency”.

opinion December 17, 2016

Republican Turnbull’s thorny crown

Turnbull isn’t convincing on the so-called bread-and-butter issues. And there is growing pessimism that it is already too late for him to turn that around.

opinion December 10, 2016

Comparison to John Key unflattering to Malcolm Turnbull

“New Zealand has a much less fraught political culture. Key certainly didn’t have a deputy PM who led another party that had a deep antipathy to, and suspicion of, him. ”

opinion December 03, 2016

Backpackers, ABCC and parliamentary chaos

“If Turnbull – and Abbott before him – had been as prepared to compromise on the construction industry watchdog as we saw this week, the ABCC and Registered Organisation bills would have passed a couple of years ago. ”

opinion November 26, 2016

Peter Dutton’s racism to the bottom

“Peter Dutton seems convinced the best way to deal with these extremists is to match them. In that, he has allies in the Coalition National Party. ”

opinion November 19, 2016

Political games over refugees and 457 visas

“Shorten didn’t need Trump to prompt him to take his message to communities with high unemployment that are resentful. This week, He made his 20th visit to regional Queensland for the year. ”