Paul Bongiorno

is a columnist for The Saturday Paper and a 30-year veteran of the Canberra Press Gallery.

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Opinion August 27, 2016

Jelly roll Shorten

“While Turnbull is confident the plebiscite vote will pass, the republic, another of his magnificent causes, looked a no-brainer only to fail amid confusion and skulduggery.”

Opinion August 20, 2016

Tony Abbott and political shame on Malaysian Solution

“We should remember Tony Abbott has form. He’s much like an addict who knows he has to kick the habit, says he’s going to do it, only to keep falling off the wagon.”

Opinion August 13, 2016

Coalition’s eye on the numbers

“The green light was given for the first online census, to outsource it and to extend the length of time for names and addresses to be held. All without serious explanation or adequate planning. The government even left the Australian Bureau of Statistics …”

Opinion August 06, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s week of missteps

“Attention to detail doesn’t seem to be the attorney-general’s strong suit. But in a scramble to save face, George Brandis, QC, would have none of the criticism.”

Opinion July 30, 2016

Decisive Turnbull faces tiny majority government

“Christensen’s fit of pique on superannuation only reinforces just how precarious is the Coalition’s hold on government.”

Opinion July 23, 2016

The ins and outs of Malcolm Turnbull’s expanded cabinet

“For a prime minister who had just won an election, Turnbull’s hold on authority is remarkably precarious. ‘He’s a sitting duck and he knows it,’ was the way one of his MPs put it.”

Opinion July 16, 2016

Shorten targets Turnbull’s instability

“The question exercising the minds of many is whether Turnbull has the skills of a Menzies, to not only survive but to propel the Coalition to a handsome win next time. ”

Opinion July 09, 2016

Mediscare testing

“Turnbull’s ‘I have a scream’ speech on election night betrayed his anger and hurt. 'The boss is in a bad place,’ was the way it was put to me.”

Opinion July 02, 2016

Turnbull’s moment of truth

“What is clear is that Turnbull’s rush of blood to the head in calling a double dissolution to clean out the obstructive senate is sure to prove foolhardy. ”