economy

economy May 7, 2022

Reality television for the smart kids

Last Saturday I was attending a dinner to celebrate John Coates’ 32-year term as president of the Australian Olympic Committee. With no disrespect, my mind wandered off a little during a line of high-profile speakers. The governor-general, alongside...

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...

economy April 30, 2022

Morrison focuses on the economy at the expense of workers

The essence of Scott Morrison’s so-called marketing strategy for the election campaign is to attempt to control the narrative by creating doubts and even fear about the alternatives. Hence the themes “who do you trust to manage the economy?” and “...

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...

economy April 23, 2022

Scott Morrison is being economical with the truth

The Australian voter deserves better than a demeaning and trivialising gotcha campaign, driven mostly by the agendas and biases of the media and ignoring the principal policy issues that will confront and dominate the next government. It is...

health January 15, 2022

The prime minister says: Let them eat Covid

The Morrison government’s “let them eat cake” approach to running Australia took a hit this week when Liberal treasurer Josh Frydenberg tested positive to Covid-19. Frydenberg’s Twitter presence dimmed. Missives paused from the man many see as the...

small business January 15, 2022

How Scott Morrison is failing small business

There will not be a sustained economic recovery without a recovery of small businesses, and at this point they are on their knees. They are an essential element of the fabric of Australia and employ millions of Australians. They are the most...

economy December 11, 2021

What Adrian Mole tells us about Scott Morrison

Surprisingly to many, the Coalition has consistently maintained its poll lead over Labor on the question of who would be “preferred economic managers”. Although there are a host of other issues that will feature in the coming election campaign –...

health November 27, 2021

How to turn the Great Resignation into the Great Revolution

Already, it has been called the “Great Resignation”. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are quitting their jobs en masse. Bartenders, sales assistants, healthcare workers, teachers and tech developers are calling it quits – a record 4.3...

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...

ir November 20, 2021

Morrison leads a can’t-do government in a won’t-do country

Is Scott Morrison’s latest slogan – “can-do capitalism” – simply an overarching abrogation of his responsibility to provide good government in our national interest? Essentially he wants to leave it to market forces, to the private sector, to meet...