Paul Bongiorno

opinion September 18, 2021

Scott Morrison’s credibility deficit

Credibility is everything for a political leader. Lose it and the game is over. There are real fears within his parliamentary ranks that Scott Morrison has done just that – or is close to it. One Liberal backbencher called this week and quoted the...

opinion September 11, 2021

The secret life of Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison loves to keep a secret. It has become a trademark of his government and famously manifested itself long before he snatched the keys to The Lodge. It is serving him and the workings of our democracy poorly. As Immigration minister it...

health August 28, 2021

Will Morrison push for a November election?

The fictional Stone Age family of largely unremembered animated children’s film The Croods is the prime minister’s latest inspiration for a nation exhausted by lockdowns and living in fear of the Delta strain of Covid-19. Scott Morrison tried out...

opinion September 4, 2021

Morrison in damage control

Scott Morrison is flailing about as he struggles to get back on the “narrow path” he keeps talking about to deliver him another election victory. Nowhere is this more obvious than the desperate damage control he embarked on earlier this week, when...

health August 21, 2021

Always late to the rescue

The prime minister’s people went ballistic – much to the bemusement of the Queensland premier’s officials, who were involved in the planning of a special-purpose quarantine facility in Brisbane. The trigger for the shouted conversations down the...

politics August 14, 2021

The madness of KingGee George

Scott Morrison is daring to dream. By Christmas, he wishes, the nightmare of 2021 will be substantially over and Australians will be able to confidently embrace the future with a wonderfully restored economy, living safe, vaccinated lives in a...

health August 7, 2021

Morrison plays the other race card

The setting for the government parties room meeting back in Canberra after the winter break was depressing. It wasn’t hard to see it as a metaphor for the deep hole in which the Morrison government finds itself. Held in the cavernous, almost empty...

opinion July 31, 2021

Albanese makes a taxing decision

On the day the nation celebrated the extraordinary feat of Ariarne Titmus winning her first Olympic gold medal in the pool, Anthony Albanese did a political triple backflip with a twist he hopes will bring him just as glorious a victory. The timing...

health July 24, 2021

Delta variant’s political toll

There is an increasing likelihood that the Delta strain of the Covid-19 virus has dealt a fatal blow to the prospects of the Morrison government retaining office at the next election, whenever it is held. The prime minister has spent the week holed...

health July 17, 2021

Covid-19 lockdowns and the PM for NSW

If a picture is worth a thousand words, nothing was more eloquent than the joint news conference of Scott Morrison and Gladys Berejiklian at the prime minister’s Sydney accommodation, Kirribilli House, this week. The Lodge in Canberra has been...

media July 10, 2021

It’s all going wrong for Morrison

No one more than Scott Morrison will be sweating on the prospect of other capital cities going into lockdown again after Sydney. The survival of his government – long thought to be guaranteed by the politics of the pandemic – has now become hostage...