By this author
Opinion April 22, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull crosses the line on 457 visas
“Turnbull’s visa crackdown certainly got the media talking about something else other than the government’s Abbott-fanned internal divisions. That almost certainly accounts for the announcement’s timing, even though Turnbull insists the government …”
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 15, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull, Gautam Adani and the Carmichael mine
“Turnbull is caught between the wily billionaire Gautam Adani and the hyperventilation of the Nationals prepared to give the businessman whatever he wants to get the giant Carmichael mine project in Queensland going. And, by the way, assist other billionaires …”
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.
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’.