Australian Politics


Negative gearing scare campaign falls flat

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday I argued that Labor had little to fear from the incessant scare campaign against its negative gearing and capital gains tax (CGT) reforms, noting that it took the very same policy to the 2016 Federal Election and performed better than anyone expected. Today, The Guardian’s Greg Jericho has come to


Labor has little to fear from negative gearing policy

By Leith van Onselen The Australian has stepped-up its scare campaign against Labor’s negative gearing and capital gains tax (CGT) reforms, arguing that Labor risks alienating its voter base and losing crucial votes in the upcoming federal election. Here’s Adam Creighton and Michael Roddan: More than a quarter of all Australians who own an investment property


Mark Latham scythes into NSW election

Via The Australian comes Mark Latham campaigning in Western Sydney: …According to Mr Latham, the Berejiklian government’s much-vaunted “hi-tech Disneyland” ­vision for the area was another casualty of the state government’s “disastrous lack of planning” and its failure to manage the city’s migrant “population ­explosion”. …“If you can’t build a couple of tram tracks on the


The Coalition’s Murdoch fixation is killing it

As I wrote last year, the Australian political economy has splintered into discrete “identity” groups that replicate the machinery of the old nation state: In Australia the phenomenon of identity politics has gone much further. The fragmentation of national consciousness into vertical market identities has formed its own self-sustaining political economy structure. The Guardian is


2019 to be a volatile year for Australian foreign policy

Cross posted from The Conversation by Susan Harris Rimmer Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Griffith Law School, Griffith University By the end of 2019 we should be able to assess how Australia is travelling with the grand plan laid out in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. In this, an election year, I examine the status of


Cabinet papers reveal Howard and Costello budget black hole

Cross posted from The Conversation   by Frank Bongiorno Professor of History, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University On the morning of Monday, March 4 1996, the young treasurer in the Howard government, Peter Costello, and his press secretary, Tony Smith – now the speaker of the House of Representatives – took


2018 Arsehat of the Year is the Fake Left press

Crikey announced late last week that Peter Dutton was its 2018 Arsehat of the Year: In some ways, having two-time Crikey Arsehat winner Dutton in the list of nominees is like drafting Lionel Messi to a local under-12s league. Dutton’s baseline skills — a legitimately breathtaking callousness toward refugees, a knee-jerk tendency for inflammatory racial sentiment, and a seeming suspicion


Adani delayed again by 11th hour red tape

QLD Labor is running interference for Bill Shorten: Indian energy giant Adani will miss its Christmas deadline to begin construction of its controversial $2 billion Carmichael mine after the Palaszczuk Labor government commissioned an independent review into the company’s environmental management plans – a process which is expected to take at least two months. Although Adani Mining


Labor’s dodgy China links expose leadership

Via The Australian: Bill Shorten was present with other senior party leaders at a Chinese Friends of Labor fundraising dinner in Sydney that is believed to be the focus of a raid on the NSW ALP’s headquarters by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Officials from the NSW corruption body swooped on the ALP Sussex Street


NSW Labor right China links turn nuclear

Via The Australian: The NSW Labor Party’s head office in Sydney has been raided by the Independent Commission Against Corruption today as part of an investigation into ALP donations. Officials of the NSW ICAC are believed to have searched the ALP’s Sussex Street office for financial documents linked to an annual party fundraising event called


Licence to whore for another six months

Via AFR: The sex scandal plaguing the Nationals has intensified after MP Andrew Broad quit Parliament altogether. Moments after his leader Michael McCormack suggested he “consider his future”, Mr Broad released a statement saying he would not recontest his safe Victoria rural seat of Mallee at the election, due in May. This will avoid another


Bill Shorten goes all in ‘Big Australia’

By Leith van Onselen With Australia’s permanent migration program already an insane 180,000 in 2017-18 – more than double the level at the turn of the century: And net overseas migration (NOM) running at more than triple the historical average, which is projected to continue for decades to come: Labor’s national conference agreed to effectively double


Essential: Labor galloping to victory

Via The Guardian: More than half of voters in the latest Guardian Essential poll believe Bill Shorten and Labor will win the next federal election. Only 21% think the Morrison government can recover from a horror year, and prevail at the polls in 2019. The disillusionment of Australian voters is also palpable in the final opinion survey


Scummo to offer nothing burger tax cut

Via The Australian: Scott Morrison will unveil $10.6 billion in tax cuts and targeted spending before next year’s election in a last-ditch effort to recast his government’s fortunes. With Newspoll showing the Coalition facing a crushing defeat, the Prime Minister will rely on the best budget numbers in a decade, revealed in yesterday’s mid-year economic


Young Lib dill misdiagnoses party doom

Where do these dills come from? Domain: The reality is that the conservative base has not come back to the Liberal Party since Tunrbull was removed from office, but certainly more moderates and swing voters have deserted us. …Where four months ago it seemed as if Turnbull could have defeated Shorten with grit and a


Jerusalem compromise a dud

Via Paul Kelly: The majority of the “wise men” expert panel created to advise the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, rejected his fallback compromise of recognising West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but keeping the Australian embassy in Tel Aviv. Morrison’s retreat at the weekend confirms he should never have raised the option of moving the embassy


IPSOS: Scummo a goner

Via Domain today: The Morrison government has suffered another setback after weeks of campaigning to gain ground against Labor, trailing by 46 to 54 per cent in a two-party result that would trigger a landslide loss at an election. Voters have swung against the Coalition in a trend that would cost it at least 18


Gilets Jaunes exposes the Fake Left

Via The UNZ Review: So it appears the privatization of France isn’t going quite as smoothly as planned. As I assume you are aware, for over a month now, the gilets jaunes (or “yellow vests”), a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in


Latest Labor MP’s China links exposed

Via The Australian: West Australian Labor MP Pierre Yang’s political mentor, influential Perth businessman Edward Zhang, is a member of five China-based organisations directly run by the Chinese Communist Party’s powerful United Front bureaucr­acy. …The Australian revealed last week that Mr Yang, the Mc­Gowan government’s upper-house whip, was a member of two pro-Beijing organisations that


Big business should take a leaf out of Howard’s China book

Via The Australian: John Howard defended Aus­tralian media and political debate from Chinese criticism at a high-level dialogue in Beijing last week, in a meeting described as reflecting a warmer relationship with China. …Chinese state media and senior diplomats have publicly lashed Australian media for reporting on Chinese government interference in Australia. Beijing’s officials have


Scummo to leave Straya half-pregnant on Jerusalem

Via The Australian: The Morrison government is expect­ed to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s legitimate capital following a cabinet meeting today, but may delay the ­relocation of Australia’s embassy from Tel Aviv. Senior government sources have confirmed a final decision was made by cabinet’s national securi­ty committee last night. It is believed the option favoured


The Greens have literally gone mad

Here’s is what a green looks like: Here is what a Tampa green looks like: And here is what The Greens look like when you put them together: A NSW Greens MP has lashed out at the “destructive extreme left forces” in her party after members formally asked fellow MP Jeremy Buckingham to step down.