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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 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 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 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. ”
Opinion November 12, 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tries to shift focus
Malcolm Turnbull’s intemperate attack on Gillian Triggs is a sure indication of the heat the PM is feeling from his hard-right flank. That he panders to it in such a ham-fisted way has many on his own side despairing.
Opinion November 05, 2016
Rudd and Abbott return to spite Turnbull
“One Liberal says when Rudd quit as foreign minister, at a dramatic press conference in Washington, it was to blow up the government. Why would Turnbull risk it with Abbott?”
Opinion October 29, 2016
The rising toll of PM Malcolm Turnbull’s disappointments
Turnbull is being seen as ‘weak’ – unable to stand up for what he really believes in against the conservatives in his party. Worse, he ‘stuffs up’.