environment

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...

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...

environment November 6, 2021

When will Morrison learn that a slogan is not a policy?

When will Scott Morrison and the Liberal National Party realise that three-word slogans are not a policy; indeed, they may not even be an effective way to deliver the desired marketing message? In the past two elections we were bombarded with “Jobs...

indigenous affairs August 28, 2021

The politics of the greater good

It’s taken a long time but the concept of the “greater good” – the sense of a shared destiny, of shared interests, collective purpose, a common future – is finally returning to our politics. Largely this is the result of the need to build community...

immigration August 21, 2021

Scott Morrison is stuck

Scott Morrison has an answer for everything and a solution for nothing. Like the neoliberalism of which his party was once so proud, he is all promise and no delivery. His press conferences have long been a masterclass in dictating the terms of...

environment August 14, 2021

The four stages of Sky News

Before the past couple of years, most Australians were either unaware of Sky News or considered it a bit of a joke. The consensus was that nobody watched it, and the people who did were out on the fringe. Anyone who maintains this today is simply...

law & crime July 17, 2021

Saving Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforest

What has happened to the Bob Hawke standard of prime ministerial courage, the one that saw him safeguard Australia’s environment and Indigenous heritage? Hawke’s first act as prime minister in 1983 was to save the Franklin River in Tasmania. In 1987...

environment June 26, 2021

The return of Barnaby Joyce

Before the voters got a chance to pass judgement on the Morrison–McCormack Coalition, the Nationals’ party room did. And its judgement was that the deputy prime minister was failing to deliver for his core constituencies. Dispatched was mild-...

environment June 5, 2021

PM hits spin cycle again on rollout

At the Liberal Party’s recent annual gabfest in Canberra, the prime minister morphed into one of recent history’s more comical figures as he waxed lyrical about his government’s amazing successes. The figure that sprung to mind was “Baghdad Bob”...

rural May 29, 2021

Joel Fitzgibbon and Victoria’s virus crisis

Scott Morrison has found a very useful ally in an unlikely place. His name is Joel Fitzgibbon, opposition member for the New South Wales seat of Hunter, and the prime minister is certainly grateful for his contribution. The veteran Labor member,...

environment May 22, 2021

Labor’s election chances

It is two years this week since Labor’s shock federal election loss, and the consequences are increasingly serious. Falling wages for Australian workers are a conscious part of the Morrison government’s 2021 budget strategy – quite a feat given $100...