Paul Bongiorno

health July 11, 2020

Labor scrapes through in Eden-Monaro

Four days after the voters of Eden-Monaro kept the marginal seat in opposition hands, the Reserve Bank governor summed up the nation’s predicament: we are all flying by the seat of our pants. Scott Morrison, too, put it succinctly: “This is a global...

politics July 4, 2020

Test for PM in Eden-Monaro

Unfailingly, since World War II, the voters in the New South Wales seat of Eden-Monaro have picked the mood of the nation at every federal election. Well, almost every election – 2016 and 2019 were the exceptions. Today those of the seat’s 114,000...

politics June 20, 2020

The spectacular fall of Adem Somyurek

It took a carefully orchestrated sting lasting 12 months to rid the Australian Labor Party of a strongman few could tolerate any longer. But the fall of factional warlord Adem Somyurek has ramifications well beyond the borders of his Victorian...

opinion June 26, 2020

Injustices at the High Court

The shorthand title was the trade union royal commission – and the highest-profile targets were a former Labor prime minister, Julia Gillard, and the then Labor leader, Bill Shorten. And everybody knew it. Undaunted by the howls of foul play from...

economy June 13, 2020

Scott Morrison faces a dilemma

There’s nothing like the prospect of voters about to mark their ballot papers to focus the minds of politicians. And as parliament resumed this week, the spectre of the Eden-Monaro byelection hung over the place, jolting it out of its brief...

indigenous affairs June 6, 2020

Morrison dragged into Trump’s mire

As if Scott Morrison hasn’t got enough on his plate, now he has been dragged into the quagmire of Donald Trump’s increasingly ugly campaign to cling to office. The invitation to attend the September summit of G7 world leaders in the United States...

economy May 30, 2020

Unplugging the economy’s life support

At the National Press Club on Tuesday, Scott Morrison went all medical as he framed his prescription for economic recovery. Key ministers in the room smiled their nodding approval when he said: “At some point you’ve got to get your economy out of...

rural May 23, 2020

China blunders and the fallout

Just at the moment the government claimed vindication for a big win on the world stage, China ridiculed its grandstanding. A terse, one-paragraph statement from its Canberra embassy called Australia’s response “a joke”. If anything encapsulates how...

health May 16, 2020

Chokehold on the economy

If anybody needed reminding, the Australian economy is in deep trouble, much deeper than either the treasurer or the prime minister realised at the beginning of last month. Then, the talk was of a “snapback” from the damage of the coronavirus...

health May 9, 2020

An economy on life support

It’s been a long six weeks since Australia’s governments first imposed economy-crushing lockdowns to flatten the coronavirus curve. Scott Morrison has no doubt the pain has been worth it, saying “thousands of Australian lives have been saved”. Now...

health May 2, 2020

Covid-19 inquiry call infuriates Beijing

Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner, China, has plunged to depths not seen since formal recognition of the Communist-governed state 48 years ago. Then, the “Middle Kingdom” – a reference to the ancient Chinese belief it was the...