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Various premiers have finally despaired of the torpor of the Turnbull administration. .. so the states have begun to go it on their own.
The constant refrain of economists who get it wrong is that we should never rely on just one set of figures.
Protests are all very well, but only if they are seen to be ineffective. … It is yet another indication that serious dissent cannot and will not be tolerated.
Malcolm Turnbull’s experience in negotiation has been in the boardroom of Goldman Sachs, but the atmosphere of the Senate crossbench is more akin to that of the Istanbul Souk.
What is not clear is whether George Brandis was genuinely ignorant of the implications of the tax case or whether he deliberately ignored them. In either case, he should immediately have resigned.
Mungo MacCallum writes that the National Party may not yet be out of control but it represents a far more frightening prospect to Turnbull and the Liberals than the cross-benchers ever will.
So with a single bound across the Pacific, Trumpery has come to Australia – or at least to our elected leaders, which is the troubling bit. Last week Malcolm Turnbull was inveighing against the elites – yes, Malcolm Bligh Turnbull, … Continue reading
First the Poms abandoned common sense in backing Brexit and now the Yanks have voted against their own best interests (and those of the rest of the civilized world) by electing Donald J Trump. This was not a rational … Continue reading
Malcolm Turnbull and his supporters regularly deride Bill Shorten as standing for nothing – first as a populist weather vane, and more recently as a constant nay-sayer in the style of Tony Abbott. And there has been some grounds … Continue reading
There must surely be more to the government’s latest assault on the boat people than simply crude wedge politics and gratuitous cruelty; but if there is, the Prime Minister is not saying – at least not yet. This, of … Continue reading
The name of Bob Day, the now former senator, was never one to conjure with. If he was noted at all, it was usually as the Sancho Panza to David Leyonhjelm’s Don Quixote – a loyal and reliable hanger-on, … Continue reading
The economic theory known as supply side is better known as trickle down, because it goes something like this. You give large sums of money to those who already have it, because they know the best way to handle … Continue reading
Our bumble-footed Attorney-General, George Brandis, has finally got something right. The resignation of the Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson, was the proper course of action for him to have taken. Indeed, it was inevitable: when the first and second law officers … Continue reading
Those eminent jurists Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis are normally very careful with the words they use; indeed, Brandis did his best to bore a senate committee rigid as he spent many minutes explaining exactly what he meant by … Continue reading
In the normal world, the question of whether a gun could fire seven rounds or five rounds would be largely academic; if there was a dispute it could be expected to be settled swiftly and uneventfully. But in the confused … Continue reading
Our Attorney General George Brandis states as an unviolable credo that a barrister must give fearless and impartial advice at all times. This is a legal ideal, and perhaps one that he believes in, but the fact is that … Continue reading
Another week, another stuff up. Once again Malcolm Turnbull’s year of delivery has delivered a parliamentary prat fall. This one was unprecedented, but not actually serious: for the first time ever, the government voted against itself. The mistake was … Continue reading
MUNGO MacCALLUM. Royal Commissions for Labor prime ministers and trade union officials, but not bankers.
So the great inquisition is over, and the tycoons have laughed all the way back to their respective banks. As the gleeful business spruikers pointed out, the politicians did not lay a glove on them – they were lashed … Continue reading
Blue Poles is in the news again. It was purchased for $1.3 million and is now valued at $350 million. The disparaging nature of the campaign against the purchase is reflected in Molnar’s cartoon (below) of 5 April 1974. … Continue reading
Let me join in the chorus deploring the honorary doctorate conferred on John Howard by Sydney University. And it’s not because I’m a Howard hater per se – although there was plenty to detest about the policies of our … Continue reading
So much for Malcolm Turnbull’s great fortnight in parliament, followed by his triumphant march through the marbled halls of New York and Washington. His claque of supporters raved, of course, but the paying customers – the voters – remained … Continue reading
It may sound unpatriotic, but I could not help cheering when the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague brought down its decision last week, and it was against Australia. After more than 12 festering years, this finally brings … Continue reading
At a sparsely attended audience well past prime time at the United Nations General Assembly, Malcolm Turnbull used his pulpit to proclaim that Australia’s border security was the world’s best. And it is – up to a point. Not … Continue reading
A bit over a year ago, Malcolm Turnbull decided that it was all about winning. Not winning for the nation, or winning for the party, and certainly not winning for his long-held policies, but winning for himself – making … Continue reading
When Sam Dastyari was promoted to the shadow ministry earlier this year, Bill Shorten was unable, because of the opposition’s salary cap rules, to give him a pay rise. But now Dastyari can surely apply for a lavish bonus … Continue reading
The baying pack of coalition backbenchers demanding the abolition, or at least the dilution, of the Racial Discrimination Act may be sincere crusaders for free speech. On the other hand they may be motivated by a desire to attack … Continue reading
In his latest jeremiad on the state of the economy, Scott Morrison seemed torn between channelling Paul Keating or Joe Hockey. There was an echo of Keating’s warning about the country turning into a banana republic, in the prospect … Continue reading
It is really hardly surprising that Bill Shorten is proving reluctant to co-operate with the new government he so nearly toppled. After all, when the Liberals were in opposition from 2010 t0 2013, they had a policy of remorselessly … Continue reading
My favourite Olympic Games story comes not from Rio in 2016 but from Persepolis in 492 BC. The setting was the court of King Darius I, who styled himself Darius the Great. His Persian empire was vast, but there … Continue reading
When you’re hot you’re hot, and when you’re not, you’re not. Our Prime Minister was hardly responsible for the fact that the Australian Bureau of Statistics site crashed (or, the boffins insist, was pulled down) on census night. Only … Continue reading