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

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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. ”

Opinion March 26, 2016

Turnbull’s cunning double dissolution election ploy

“Labor’s senate strategists are scathing of Turnbull’s use of the constitutional ploy. Just how far the opposition is willing to drag “the Crown” into the political fray remains to be seen. ”

Opinion March 19, 2016

Treasurer Scott Morrison stalling on tax talk

“Why would a treasurer invest so much time and capital softening up the electorate for big tax changes only to ditch them, not once but three times?”

Opinion March 12, 2016

Jeff Kennett rounds on Malcolm Turnbull

“The mere spectacle of the leader who took the party from opposition to government sitting on the backbench puts up in neon lights failure and division.”

Opinion March 05, 2016

Tony Abbott’s party room broadsides

“Abbott and his acolytes have seized on the vacuum created by the government’s protracted consideration of its tax plans to wage a proxy war on Turnbull. ”

Opinion February 27, 2016

Turnbull rattled over tax reform

“In parliament Turnbull gave weight to Labor’s taunts that he was ‘rattled’. Gone was the equilibrium and humour in evidence since he grabbed the nation’s top job.”

Opinion February 20, 2016

Turnbull and Morrison’s pre-election budget positioning

“Turnbull is about winning a mandate in his own right. The time for bravery is year one after an election victory, providing you haven’t done a Tony Abbott and ruled out everything you want or need to do.”

Opinion February 13, 2016

Turnbull’s states of pay over GST and tax reform

“Tinkering with Medicare, or at least appearing to, is almost as dangerous for a conservative government as wanting to raise the GST. ”