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

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opinion August 22, 2015

Tony Abbott’s game of fallow the leader

“Abbott’s position is so parlous every challenge his government faces is an acid test. Few doubt the September 19 appointment with Canning’s 110,000 voters will be a moment of truth.”

opinion August 15, 2015

Out of plebiscite, out of mind

“Turnbull spoke for many in the party room when he pointed out that rather than taking marriage equality off the agenda, Abbott has ensured it will be an issue up to the election and beyond.”

news August 08, 2015

Bishop, entitlements and parliament’s Slipper-y people

“The Bishop saga is definitely a plague on all their houses. ”

opinion August 01, 2015

Shorten picking up the Bill

“Labor has begun to show a political adroitness many thought beyond it. And maybe Shorten’s political luck has returned. ”

opinion July 18, 2015

Barnaby Joyce’s undermining over coal

“This ability to deny reality or redefine it to suit your convenience is, for some, the art of politics. For most sane people, it is simply incredible.”

news July 11, 2015

Bill Shorten and the $80 million unions royal commission

“Dragging the Labor leader through this expensive demolition exercise could be Abbott’s last throw of the dice.”

opinion July 04, 2015

Tony Abbott’s ABF and excessive use of higher force

“Asylum seekers must always be seen as threats, queue jumpers and illegals, and never as desperate human beings, men, women and children.”

opinion June 27, 2015

Tony Abbott’s federal election preparations

“Tony Abbott’s behaviour in recent weeks is throwing up pretty compelling evidence that he is poised to rush to the polls as soon as he thinks he has a better than even chance of winning.”

opinion June 20, 2015

Tony Abbott baits hooks and pays crooks

“Nowhere does the ‘hook or by crook’ doctrine reveal itself more dramatically than in the mounting evidence that the government is now in the people-smuggling business.”