Paul Bongiorno

politics May 21, 2022

Oh no, here we go again

Expectations of a Labor victory today have been trimmed dramatically. Far from the landslide many were increasingly confident of just a week ago, forming a minority government is now widely seen as the best they can expect. The possibility of Scott...

politics May 14, 2022

The word is ‘absolutely’

Scott Morrison is desperately looking to generate a last-minute momentum shift in this election, but Anthony Albanese believes it is already occurring around the kitchen tables of the nation. The Labor leader’s cautious optimism can be summed up in...

defence April 30, 2022

Everything is going up, except Morrison’s chances

With three weeks to go, one thing is crystal clear: this is not a re-run of the 2019 election campaign for Scott Morrison. The prime minister is at best treading water; a more apt description might be that he is taking it. What we have seen in the...

politics May 7, 2022

Every galah in every pet shop in Australia

This week, the Reserve Bank of Australia played itself into the federal election campaign in a way we haven’t seen for 15 years. Whatever the impact of its 0.25 percentage point rate rise on Tuesday – the first in more than 10 years – it is...

media April 23, 2022

‘Just so nasty and dirty and people hate it’

Scott Morrison has much more to fear from the prospect of a hung parliament than Anthony Albanese. That’s because he is so much further away from the agendas being run by the slew of independents who have a real chance of being elected. At the end...

politics April 16, 2022

Nobody likes a bad dentist

A shock, a self-inflicted wound on day one of the six-week formal election campaign has put Anthony Albanese on the back foot. That has to be the biggest takeout of week one, making the next five even more fraught for the Labor leader as he tries to...

economy April 9, 2022

‘They know he’s a bullshitter’

Last week, on budget day, lobbyists, business people, party loyalists and donors flew to Canberra from around the nation for the first presentation without Covid-19 restrictions at Parliament House in three years. Government supporters and branch...

politics April 2, 2022

Stewing in their own juices

During Josh Frydenberg’s budget speech, something happened that caught the eye of the government benches. For a few of them it summed up the dire predicament the Coalition is in just days from an election being called. As the treasurer taunted Labor...

politics March 26, 2022

‘They are cacking themselves’

The equivalent of a political nuclear bomb hit South Australia last weekend and its shockwaves are reverberating through the nation. Blown to smithereens are the notions that the Covid-19 pandemic is a guarantee for the survival of incumbents or...

politics March 19, 2022

Albanese is triggering Morrison’s green-eyed monster

There’s not much doubt about it: Labor’s Anthony Albanese is messing with Scott Morrison’s head. The prime minister knows he has the fight of his life on his hands – and so far, he’s losing it. Bill Shorten, the man Morrison consigned to history at...

politics March 12, 2022

The cabinet minister organising against Morrison

There is growing anxiety in the parliamentary Liberal Party. They are worried they are doomed to oblivion with Scott Morrison and are beginning to look for a way out. A senior member of the government – a minister in Morrison’s cabinet – has begun...