Australian Politics


China’s “social credit score” blocks 15m from travel

Your future is bleak, Australia, via the Dictator’s mouthpiece, The Global Times: A senior official argued that without due punishment, defaulters would only feel encouraged after it was reported China’s social credit system had blocked more than 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips by the end of April. An improved social credit


Foley gets his “white flight” commuppance

Via The Australian comes the idiot: Mr Foley was forced to apologise over comments he made about “white flight” occurring in Sydney’s western suburbs on Thursday, which prompted widespread condemnation from both sides of politics. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian criticised Mr Foley in Thursday’s question time, describing his words as “divisive, offensive, dangerous and nasty”.


Coalition painted into corner on company tax cuts

By Leith van Onselen Th AFR’s Phillip Coorey has done a good job describing the conundrum facing the Turnbull Government with respect to its company tax cut policy: Inevitably, in the wake of this week’s events, there are murmurs among the Nationals and some others on the backbench to dump the cuts rather than fight


WA Libs to keep Chinese funny money

Via The West: The WA Liberal Party will not return $400,000 in donations from a Chinese-born businessman at the heart of allegations he funded the bribery of a senior United Nations official. The WA branch of the Liberal Party accepted a $200,000 donation from a company associated with billionaire property developer Chau Chak Wing in


Corrupt government declares moot anti-corruption watchdog

Via The Guardian: Christian Porter has given a strong indication the Coalition will not set up a federal independent commission against corruption, telling Labor there is no “persuasive evidence” that current methods of tackling corruption are insufficient. The attorney general has written to his Labor counterpart, Mark Dreyfus, arguing that the establishment of a national integrity


Chinese media pounds away at Straya’s “arrogant attitudes”

I would like to buy the editorial writer at the Global Times a beer: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop on Monday at a sideline event during the G20 Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the meeting, Bishop said that the recent spate of


Chinese dictator tightens noose on Aussie democracy

It’s all good: Julie Bishop says she raised with her Chinese counterpart all the reported pressure tactics that Beijing has been using against Australia’s trade interests and she now expects them to stop. Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister also confirmed that the Chinese regime had used the much-anticipated meeting to complain to her about Canberra’s proposed


Revolting Sydney marches Queen Lucy to the guillotine

Via 2GB yesterday: Ray Hadley has offered an open invitation to chauffeur The Greater Sydney Commission’s Lucy Turnbull around Sydney after the PM’s wife claimed the city is “far from full”. Her comments come after a report warns Sydney is lagging behind similar global cities when it comes to commute times and dealing with congestion.


What Malcolm should do with his company tax cuts now

By Leith van Onselen After Pauline Hanson’s latest rejection of the Turnbull Government’s company tax cut package handed the Coalition another opportunity to walk away, it has instead doubled-down: “The government will persist with our plan, which is central to our plan for a stronger economy and more jobs,” Senator Cormann said on Tuesday morning.


Essential poll: Coalition closes the gap

Via The Guardian: Voters are more attracted to Bill Shorten’s tax and economic plans than Malcolm Turnbull’s but the contest between the major parties appears to be tightening, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll. The new survey of 1,025 voters found 45% of the sample backed Shorten’s tax plan outlined in budget week compared with 33% supporting the


China muffles Turnbull megaphone

Chinese soft power can be amusing at times, via The Australian: The scene was Shanghai’s Hyatt on the Bund last Thursday night. Ciobo, the first minister from Malcolm Turnbull’s government to visit China in eight months, had just taken the stage in an attempt to add some balm to recent wounds to the China-Australia relationship.


China Raby hit “peak panic” with “cringing myopia”

Via Peter Hartcher today: For the first time, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force on Friday landed heavy bombers on an island in the South China Sea. Three weeks ago it installed anti-ship and anti-aircraft cruise missiles on some of the islands. …”There’s no conceivable defensive rationale for putting these things on these islands,” says Lowy’s


Labor opens path to middle-income tax cuts

By Leith van Onselen The Labor Opposition has indicated it may support the second stage of the Turnbull Government’s proposed income tax cuts package. This would raise the upper threshold for the 32.5% tax rate from $90,000 to $120,000, which would primarily benefit people on middle incomes. Labor’s finance spokesman, Jim Chalmers, claims the party


Winemakers confirm China’s red tape blockade

Via The Australian: McWilliam’s Wine chief executive Jeff McWilliam has confirmed widespread reports from the nation’s $40 billion wine industry that a ‘‘go slow’’ at Chinese ports, possibly politically motivated, is restricting the flow of Australian wine into its most important export market. Mr McWilliam said it appeared much of the slowdown in shipments of


What will Australian life be like under the Chinese dictator?

Malcolm Turnbull is off to China: Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he will visit China later this year – the first confirmation that the annual leaders’ dialogue will proceed after a six-month freeze in diplomatic relations – as his trade minister sought to keep the trade relationship separate from security concerns. Canberra is attempting to


Political backlash builds against Queen Lucy’s dystopian Sydney

By Leith van Onselen The political backlash against Queen Lucy Turnbull’s Greater Sydney Commission continues to mushroom, with several NSW MPs anticipating a “pile of pain” from voters fed up with the endless destruction of their living standards as migrants are force-fed into the city. From The ABC: As the Sydney building boom attempts to


The Chinese dictator punishes Australian democracy

Via Domainfax: Relations with China have taken another backward step after one of Australia’s biggest exporters, Treasury Wine Estates, was among several companies whose products were being stalled because of new customs rules targeting Australian companies and industries. Australian diplomats in China have been mobilised to assist Treasury as the worsening relationship sparked a warning


Raby rant triggers China backlash

Recall this week the Australia former ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, called for Julie Bishop’s head: Once again Australian foreign policy seems to be missing in action. As events unfold at remarkable speed in our area of most strategic interest – north-east Asia – Australia finds itself unable to engage with the key participant at the


Depressed Millennials need a political party

Via The Guardian: Australian millennials increasingly think big businesses and politicians do more harm than good, a new survey has found. The annual Deloitte survey of Generation Y, roughly defined as those born between 1983 and 1994, found they were increasingly sceptical of politics but surprisingly more personally optimistic than last year. Of the 337 Australian millennials


Australia’s China apologists lose their heads

Yesterday the Australia former ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, called for Julie Bishop’s head: Once again Australian foreign policy seems to be missing in action. As events unfold at remarkable speed in our area of most strategic interest – north-east Asia – Australia finds itself unable to engage with the key participant at the centre


Little China mulls forced resettlements

I recently noted that the Australian economy had come to reflect its Chinese betters: For a long time I have observed a plain historical truth. Colonial sub-altern economies and societies tend to reflect the structures and values of their hegemon. It happens through both coercion and willing submission for personal gain. This is clear throughout the


Government to try to force migrants to regions

By Leith van Onselen The Productivity Commission’s 2016 Migrant Intake into Australia report explicitly noted that 86% of immigrants lived in the major cities of Australia in 2011 (mostly Sydney and Melbourne), whereas only 65% of the Australian-born population did: The 2016 Census revealed similar results, with 86% of new migrants (1.11 million) in the