Paul Bongiorno

politics December 4, 2021

Symptoms of decay expose Morrison’s old and tired government

If the last fortnight of parliament for the year is any guide, Labor has its tail up and the government is in the doldrums. The lack of engagement from the Coalition backbench as the prime minister and his ministers slugged it out with the...

politics November 27, 2021

A question of characters

Anthony Albanese is convinced the tide is going out on the Morrison government. Scott Morrison senses it too, but, like King Canute, he is desperately trying to prove he’s still in control. The embattled prime minister is being swamped by almost...

opinion November 13, 2021

Scott Morrison’s trust pitch

Seventeen days out from the 2007 election, the Reserve Bank raised interest rates. It was the final blow for John Howard’s re-election hopes – a time bomb he himself had set in the 2004 election campaign. And make no mistake, Scott Morrison set his...

ir November 20, 2021

John Alexander turns on Scott Morrison

Former Australian tennis great John Alexander doesn’t like the way the game of politics is being played. Winning is everything and the biggest losers are Australians. Good policy and a genuine bipartisan search for what is best for the nation, in...

environment November 6, 2021

How Morrison spectacularly failed the diplomacy test

In one of the most remarkable developments, certainly since the Second World War, an Australian prime minister has leaked a highly confidential security document against an American president. Think about that. On the international stage, Scott...

opinion October 30, 2021

A steaming pile of nothingness

When Scott Morrison flew out of Canberra in his VIP Airbus on Thursday night for the Glasgow climate summit, Labor’s Anthony Albanese wasn’t on board. He wasn’t even on the tarmac waving goodbye. The opposition leader says he wasn’t invited...

opinion October 23, 2021

Morrison’s amazing disappearing government

Small government has long been a mantra of the conservative side of politics. It was famously expressed by Ronald Reagan and then, in more colourful terms, by Barnaby Joyce during his last stint in exile on the backbench. In a social media post the...

opinion October 16, 2021

Mission zero, credibility less

The dramatic shifts in the politics of climate change have finally caught out Scott Morrison. It’s a reckoning that’s been coming since the catastrophic Black Summer bushfires. That disaster came nine months after an election campaign in which the...

opinion October 2, 2021

Is this Scott Morrison’s next miscalculation?

Thirty-five thousand feet above the Rocky Mountains on his way home from Washington, DC, Scott Morrison indicated he had learnt little from the greatest miscalculations of his prime ministership, the ones about holidays and family. In the boardroom...

opinion September 25, 2021

Morrison, the jaded emperor

Scott Morrison’s plans to make the looming election as much about keeping Australia safe from a Chinese threat as anything else have begun to take serious water. The centrepiece, his new pact with the United States and Britain, has become every bit...

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...