Australian Politics


Dan Andrews turns infrastructure blowtorch back on ScoMo

By Leith van Onselen Shortly after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a small cut in Australia’s non-humanitarian permanent migrant cap to 160,000 (from 190,000), Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews has called for the federal government to cough-up billions of dollars in additional funding to assist the states in coping with unrelenting immigration-driven population growth. From The


Crispin Hull exposes politicians’ Big Australia “madness”

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax’s Crispin Hull has clearly taken over from Ross Gittins (who has curiously gone silent) in pointing-out the pitfalls of the ‘Big Australia’ mass immigration policy. Back in January 2017, Hull argued that the main solution to making housing more affordable rests with winding-back immigration: The principal cause of housing unaffordability


Labor mulls wage rises for only the poorest

The wages war rages on with more good material from the suddenly less Fake Left over the weekend. Mike Seccombe at The Saturday Paper: Back then Tony Abbott’s chosen employment spokesman, Eric Abetz, led the scare campaign, doing his very best to talk up the threat of an economy-wrecking wages breakout. He was never clearer than


Paedo Pell gets six years

Warning: not economics, via Domain: Chief Judge Kidd acknowledged George Pell’s sentence would have been lower at the time of offending, but says he needs to take into account the current understandings of the issue of child sex abuse. He says he must technically have regard of “protection of the community from you”, however he


What if the Libs threw a party and nobody came?

At The Australian today, it’s not a “what if” question: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg struggled to get past security when he drove himself to the billionaire Pratt family mansion Raheen for a fundraiser last night. …Last night’s event was a Liberal Party pre-election fundraiser with Melbourne’s money: a $12,000-a-head dinner hosted by the billionaire family matriarch


What’s the point of hiking a minimum wage nobody pays?

Via The Australian today: Bill Shorten has launched a fresh assault in his war on business, branding employers as “fat cats” for criticising Labor’s wages policy and threatening to impose once-in-a-generation changes that would force the industrial umpire to deliver bigger pay rises to 2.3 million workers. Arguing that the principles behind setting the minimum


Has climate change cooked the Coalition?

Even the lunatic RBA has swung behind climate change mitigation now, at the AFR: Reserve Bank deputy governor Guy Debelle has called for immediate action on climate change to avert an “abrupt, disorderly” economic transition, in a speech that confirmed climate change policy as one of the central bank’s key priorities. In a speech on


80% of NSW voters oppose more population

By Leith van Onselen While NSW’s politicians continue to fight a phoney war over Sydney’s ‘overdevelopment’, while ignoring entirely the mass immigration causing the said development, NSW voters have delivered another damning indictment. Yesterday, a Newspoll survey revealed that 80% of voters in NSW do not want the state’s population to increase, with majority support across


Poor little Andrew bewails lost Chinese millions

Via the ABC: Former trade minister Andrew Robb has slammed his ex-colleagues Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce, as well as Australia’s security agencies, over what he sees as anti-China sentiment. In a wide-ranging interview with AM, Mr Robb confirmed he had been working with the Chinese company Landbridge on a plan to develop a health


Politicians fight phoney war over Sydney’s ‘overdevelopment’

By Leith van Onselen With the NSW Election to be held in a fortnight, politicians are scampering to appease the voter backlash against Sydney’s over-development, while ignoring the mass immigration that’s causing the problem. An ‘investigation’ published yesterday by The ABC illustrates the shenanigans: NSW Labor claims western Sydney is being “clobbered” by over-development… Development


Nats are fighting One Nation not LNP over coal

The usual garbage from the MSM today, via The Australian: Barnaby Joyce and senior Nationals MPs have warned that the ­Coalition agreement could be severed over energy policy, setting up a showdown with city-based Liberal MPs fearing a voter backlash over coal in affluent blue-ribbon seats in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. After Scott Morrison yesterday


#Me too rocks Scummo

More trouble for Scummo: When Julia Banks quit the Liberal party she accused her former colleagues of bullying, but refused to name the men [email protected] sat down with the newly independent MP to ask her about dirty tricks in and out of the party room. #TheProjectTV — The Project (@theprojecttv) March 10, 2019


LNP dill swallows ALP pill

Amusing stuff from the dreaded teleprompter fail files at The Guardian: The new minister for defence industry, Linda Reynolds, has disavowed and then embraced arguments from her cabinet colleague Mathias Cormann that wages adjusting in line with economic conditions is a “deliberate design feature” of the Australian economy. During an untidy television appearance on Sunday morning,


Newspoll: Scummo dead duck

Goodbye Scummo: Scott Morrison’s visit last week to the Christmas Island regional processing centre in a bid to keep the pressure on Labor’s softened border protection policy failed to ameliorate the damage, with the two-party-preferred vote widening from 53-47 a fortnight ago to 54-46 this week, giving Labor a clear eight-point lead over the ­Coalition.


Mirabile dictu: Fake Left discovers war on wages

For the past five years, MB has berated the emergence of Australia’s Fake Left commentariat as it obsessed over minor social policy battles while a broader class war gutted worker’s wages. Finally today the Fake Left appears to be awakening. The driver is the ALP putting wages on the agenda, forcing until now socially focused


Abbottalypse climate!

Amazing what the threat of losing your sinecure can do, at Domain: Tony Abbott has backflipped on his call for Australia to withdraw from the landmark Paris agreement, saying the federal government has lost the “emissions obsession” it held under former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Turnbull swiftly returned fire on Twitter, suggesting Mr Abbott’s


Recessionberg Coalition’s next domino

Via The Australian: The Victorian Liberal Party is preparing to spend up to $1 million to save Josh Frydenberg’s heartland seat of Kooyong, amid alarm that key city seats will be swept away at the May election. Senior Liberals said the party had initially allocated $500,000 to fight for the Treasurer’s seat but was prepared


Subway “skilled” Chinese sandwich maker underpaid

Via Yahoo comes the great Australian economy: The former owner of two Subway franchises in Sydney has been penalised $65,000 after underpaying a former employee by $16,345. The employee working at outlets at Artarmon and Stanmore was paid just $14-$14.50 an hour, between October 2014 and April 2016. That’s well below the minimum rate of