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

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Opinion April 08, 2017

Scott Morrison’s pre-budget bluster

“Old heads on the government backbench aren’t holding out for Morrison to provide a circuit-breaker in May. Good budgets – that is, ones the public don’t get too upset with – tend to disappear within the first sitting fortnight. Even tax cuts are …”

Opinion April 01, 2017

Turnbull’s muddle kingdom fails on extradition treaty

“The botching of the treaty ratification with our biggest trading partner exposed much that is wrong with this government. It brought to the surface, yet again, deep divisions that have leadership implications. And it exposed a political tin ear that is …”

Opinion March 25, 2017

The Racial Discrimination Act’s section 18c charade

“On Wednesday, Labor tried to have the bills debated in the house of representatives. Bill Shorten said the government’s choice of the senate was nothing more than a cynical attempt by the prime minister ‘to be able to make the claim to the extreme …”

Opinion March 18, 2017

Jay Weatherill’s energy showdown

“One report says an emission intensity scheme would save businesses and households up to $15 billion in electricity bills over a decade. But that is an inconvenient truth.”

Opinion March 11, 2017

Colin Barnett’s One Nation gamble in the WA election

Just as Barnett benefited from the disarray in the ALP and the backlash against the Gillard government in 2013, now he has the baggage of his Canberra colleagues replaying a similar script.

Opinion March 04, 2017

Coalition divides and stonkers

Abbott’s mantra that Turnbull is losing the base to One Nation is not addressed by aping her policies.

Opinion February 25, 2017

Gaps in Turnbull’s Coalition and credibility

Put simply, many on the backbench are fed up with the slack Turnbull cuts to outspoken right-wingers such as the Nationals’ George Christensen.

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.