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

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Opinion May 28, 2016

Turnbull looking for fireworks in long election campaign

“Immigration department officials are already exploring an arrangement with the Canadians. As it was put to me: ‘Turnbull has given the department a hunting licence.’”

Opinion May 21, 2016

Turnbull, Dutton stick to Abbott refugee strategy

“It was time to get serious on an issue that works like a treat for the Coalition … National security is, to use Malcolm Turnbull’s earlier assessment, all they’ve got. ”

Opinion May 14, 2016

Labor’s hopes to win back ’Q&A vote’

“It is 85 years since a first-term government was thrown out. But Victoria and Queensland state elections show that voters are more interested in performance than in precedent. ”

Opinion May 07, 2016

Turnbull and Morrison’s 2016 federal budget let-down

“This budget was more than an opportunity missed, it was a wilful blind eye to an emerging central economic reality. ”

Opinion April 30, 2016

Coalition attempts to win votes with submarine politics

“Turnbull’s big effort to refloat the Liberal vote in South Australia may work. Much will depend on how forgiving the threatened car industry workers and their families are.”

Opinion April 23, 2016

Turnbull leaves nation in twilight zone before election call

“For the first time since Turnbull replaced Abbott, the government did not lead in a single poll … this election will be hard-fought trench warfare in the marginals.”

Opinion April 16, 2016

Turnbull picks a move on truck drivers, not banks

“Attempts to delink rates of remuneration with road safety are not borne out by studies ... It is a no-brainer that Truck drivers struggling to meet their lease or mortgage payments will push the envelope.”

Opinion April 09, 2016

The Coalition’s Delusional Conservatives explained

“If you compromise with zealots all you do is encourage them to keep threatening to blow up the joint. And don’t worry: Turnbull is learning that at great cost. ”

Opinion April 02, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s tax reform plan a work in progress

“Curiously, Scott Morrison says ‘you can’t tax your way to surplus’. Tell that to Peter Costello. The revenue that gave him his surpluses was just that: revenue. ”