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In the end, it was all about saving face. The dodgy compromise resolution to set up an inquiry over the origins of coronavirus left everyone claiming a win.
Our current government has become inordinately keen on producing road maps, and its most recent cartographer is our constantly embarrassed and embarrassing energy minister, Angus Taylor.
In last week’s truncated edition of parliament, Scott Morrison declared stridently that he did not have a crystal ball.
It is impossible to overstate the legacy of Jack Mundey.
The latest catchphrase from our government spin doctors is a COVIDSafe economy – optimistic and reassuring. And, unfortunately, a cruel hoax, a contradiction in terms.
A three cornered contest, they warned us – messy and unpredictable. But what did they know? The fiasco of the Eden-Monaro by-election already has at least seven corners, and counting.
I must admit to a moment of apprehension before unloading the COVID-19 app; anything that involves Amazon or Stuart Robert has to be either incompetent or dodgy or both.
He was also an 18th century Englishman, convinced of the innate superiority of his race, his culture and his class.
Finally, it’s safe to get back in the water – well some bits of it, some of the time, as long as you behave.
So: eight modern Liberal PMs, one prematurely deceased, three (possibly) in the roll of faithful old boys and four definite apostates having left the building. Not much of a record of loyalty over the last 70 years.
It has only taken a week for the simple beauty of JobKeepers to become a little tarnished.
Cardinal George Pell (we must resume his proper title now) is out of prison and is seeking asylum with an order of Carmelite nuns in Sydney. But his real protectors are the loyalists who always refused to believe he was … Continue reading
Well, that should be out of the way for the next four months. Having shrugged off the minor and temporary distraction of parliament, Scott Morrison can resume doing what he is best at – marketing himself and his often dubious … Continue reading
In the modelling for COVID-19, the real world evidence is too immediate, too stark to be wished away by nitpicking.
Two hearty cheers for ScoMo and his $130 billion JobKeeper package.
The pandemic is not an excuse to close down the parliament, it is a vital reason to keep it going.
Barbers are considered essential, but the MPs are considered redundant in a way they have never been, not during wars, depressions and previous pandemics.
Scott Morrison’s National Cabinet is working pretty well so far.
Communities encourage and enhance the general well-being and co-operation needed to keep society going, the idea of a common wealth.
As so often with Morrison, there is no overall strategy – simply a series of reactive measures which, he hopes, will do the job unless a next one is needed. and then another one, and another one …
The bulk of the cash splash goes to business, and is unlikely to trickle down into the pockets of consumers in the foreseeable future.
It would be harsh and uncaring to admit a modicum of satisfaction at the news that Peter Dutton has contracted coronavirus.
The frazzled Josh Frydenberg more or less admits that his beloved surplus is about to become collateral damage; he will reluctantly kiss it goodbye.
Scott Morrison has stopped even pretending to mount a coherent argument over his sports rorts plagued administration.
Desperate for political rehabilitation after his negligence and mismanagement after the bushfires, our leader has taken full control of the situation.
The ASIO response was the same as all his predecessors,not to mention Oliver Twist: more, please.
Scott Morrison’s technology diversion remains a roadmap without a destination, without milestones or landmarks, without a recognisable path and without even a clearly defined starting point.
We can no longer pretend that Australia is not largely dependent on our great northern neighbour,its physical and economic health and crucially, its goodwill.
The Coalition war is over climate change and whether the city-based moderates or the reactionary rural rump will prevail.
We know Scott Morrison seldom takes much notice of those who disagree with him.