Paul Bongiorno

politics December 1, 2018

Julia Banks and the Coalition’s loss of a sensible centre

The day the Morrison government sank deeper into minority with the desertion of backbencher Julia Banks, the Opposition leader went for the jugular. Bill Shorten’s first parliamentary question summed up the dreadful situation the government of...

politics November 24, 2018

Populist Morrison reverses policies

Next week federal parliament resumes and the leader of the house, Christopher Pyne, will table the schedule of sittings for 2019, an election year. He is sure to follow the convention of identifying the second Tuesday in May as budget day. But few...

immigration November 3, 2018

PM Scott Morrison’s sinking popularity

There is a sense that Scott Morrison’s government has reached the point of no return as the realisation dawns that Bill Shorten’s Opposition is now the government-in-waiting. The near 20 per cent shift against the Liberals in Wentworth is the...

politics November 17, 2018

Scott Morrison fails to persuade voters

The question dogging Scott Morrison as he rubs shoulders with world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby this weekend is how long he will remain a member of this exclusive club. By his own admission, the chances...

politics October 27, 2018

Morrison and the tide of Wentworth

The cascading waters of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains are an apt metaphor for what happened to the Liberal vote in the seat of almost the same name in last weekend’s byelection. Both were named after the explorer William Charles Wentworth...

politics October 20, 2018

Judgement day cometh in Wentworth

The previous time a byelection was held to replace a prime minister dumped by his own party, the government lost the seat. It was 26 years ago, when Bob Hawke’s seat of Wills fell to the independent Phil Cleary. The Morrison government is giving...

politics October 13, 2018

Morrison’s race to the bottom

Scott Morrison and his nine-year-old daughter, Lily, had the thrill of their lives last Sunday as white-knuckle passengers in a Bathurst Supercar. They were in the capable hands of champion driver Mark Skaife who skilfully avoided the safety fences...

economy October 6, 2018

The haunting of Scott Morrison

Not even the west coast of Australia was far enough away from New York to protect Scott Morrison from the ghosts of governments past. In full campaign mode the prime minister headed to Perth to pick a fight with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and to...

politics September 29, 2018

Morrison raises the flag again

The Scott Morrison version of the Liberal government – “first elected in 2013”, as he insists – continues to be one of relentless activity and half-baked ideas. Anything to grab attention and push the buttons of the voters he is desperate to win...

politics September 22, 2018

Morrison’s ‘momentum’ peters out

Forget the Muppets, Scott Morrison took the nation into Strawberry Fields this week. That’s where John Lennon sang, “Nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about, Strawberry Fields forever.” The prime minister called a news conference to talk...

politics September 15, 2018

The Morrison muppet show

Scott Morrison thought it was a good idea at the time when he dismissed the power plays bringing down a Liberal prime minister as “a muppet show”. But as a metaphor for a dysfunctional troupe it is proving apt. The show came to town on Monday when...