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

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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. ”

Opinion February 06, 2016

Turnbull weighs up double-dissolution election

“The longer the GST option is left hanging, the more ingrained becomes the perception that the conservatives really, really want to do it. ”

Opinion January 30, 2016

Tony Abbott leading the conservative fight from the backbench

“Instead of merely being a lightning rod for internal dissent, Abbott intends to lead it in public as well. He knows he won’t be returning to the ministry. ”

Opinion December 19, 2015

Turnbull and the national accounts

“Morrison’s claim that he would not raise the GST simply to allow the states to spend the revenue is baffling. All revenue is raised so governments can spend it. ”

Opinion December 12, 2015

Ian Macfarlane’s power play

“Many Liberals are furious about Macfarlane’s venality and Joyce’s overreach. It spells humiliation for Turnbull if he caves in.”

Opinion December 05, 2015

PM Malcolm Turnbull hits a rough spot with Mal Brough

“Why would Turnbull give the portfolio of special minister of state to a man who has a cloud over his treatment of the very institutions he is now charged with administering?”

Opinion November 28, 2015

Heat on for Malcolm Turnbull ahead of Paris conference

“While some in the party frame the contrary positions on national security as healthy policy debate, the view of that argument is pretty blunt. It was put to me as follows: ‘Bullshit.’”

Opinion November 14, 2015

Shorten uses the Dismissal to seize republic debate

“Labor is hoping its leadership on the republican issue will send a message to progressive voters, who have deserted it for Turnbull.”

Opinion November 07, 2015

Goods and nervousness: Turnbull’s GST gamble

“Peter Hendy’s assessment about the cost of electioneering on big tax reform is shared by veteran Liberals who remember 1998 with a shiver up their spines.”