Australian Politics


Labor discovers borders

Has it twigged? Via The Guardian: Labor is claiming that Peter Dutton has lost control of Australia’s borders, saying 80,000 people have arrived by plane to claim asylum since 2014. The new line of attack against the Morrison government – spearheaded by the home affairs spokeswoman, Kristina Keneally – comes as the ALP prepares to


Australia pivots from China as NSW Labor fastens to it

It’s MSM China madness today and about time. Crikey leads off with a new push to support hawkishness from John Fitzgerald, Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne: Senior Australian political figures can curse the American president as often as they please without fearing Trump will halt shipments of Australian beef or tell


Pig iron Scott. Aussie iron ore building Chinese naval threat

This is where we don’t want trade wars to go. Via Herald Sun: Australian iron ore is suspected of being used to help build China’s next-generation nuclear-powered and ballistic-missile attack submarines, according to security and industry experts. Consignments from Australia’s booming iron ore exports to China are likely being diverted by Beijing into the steel


Scummo has a problem

And it is this. Australia is buggered. It is at the tail end of a thirty year boom that has been on life support for the past eight years, kept alive only by running mass immigration into an economy bulging with over supply and under supply in all the wrong places. The labour market is


MSM slams pimping of Chinese international students

Yesterday the MSM finally tore the scab off the international students wound MB has been picking at for years. The driver was a CIS report that made plain what MB readers have long known, that Aussie uni’s have whored themselves horribly to Chinese international students, via The Australian: Universities are “taking massive fin­ancial risks” through over­exposure to


Labor still confused as hell about why it lost

Via The Australian: A confidential submission to the party’s post-election review from the Labor Environment ­Action Network, obtained by The Australian, expresses “anger and disappointment”, and also “grief”, over the party’s failure to win what was expected to be an unlosable election. The submission is brutal about policy, political and leadership failures. “Labor was unable


Should the Property Council be registered as a political party?

Here we go again. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for left-leaning activist group, GetUp, to be registered as a political party: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hinted at launching a fresh bid for an inquiry into GetUp’s political independence, calling for the group to be “straight up” with voters. Members of the coalition have long


What happens to 100k Aussies if CPC smashes Hong Kong?

Via Domain: Ambassador Cheng Jingye told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that the affairs of Hong Kong were “solely the internal affairs of China”, warning that any effort to “mess up” the former British outpost was doomed to fail as pro-democracy protesters there again gathered en masse on Sunday. …The intervention follows escalating


Now for some fake “trust in government” reform

The ScoMo Government is a masterful fake. It is currently pretending to cut immigration, pretending to reform banking, pretending to build infrastructure, pretending to be a good economic manager, pretending to care about weak wages, pretending to care about energy prices, pretending to care about anything and everything other than rising house prices. This we


Newpoll: Scummo honeymoon ends

I was short and dirty, via The Australian: The Coalition’s commanding electoral lead over Labor has slipped, in a sign the post-election honeymoon for the government has ended amid growing concerns over the economy and a clash over climate change. An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australian shows the Coalition has lost its post-election gains


CPC forges permit for anti-Hong Kong Melbourne street protests

Via the ABC: A pro-China rally planned for Saturday in Melbourne to condemn the clashes in Hong Kong has been postponed after a letter claiming to be an event permit from the Melbourne City Council was confirmed to be fake. A well-known local Chinese media outlet, Australian Red Scarf, first announced the pro-Beijing protests in


Morrison Government spruiks “migrants to the bush” snake oil

After Monday’s damning audit from Infrastructure Australia, which warned of intractable infrastructure bottlenecks and rising costs, and claimed that $40 billion in annual infrastructure spending was needed as Australia’s population balloons to a projected to 31.4 million people by 2031, the government announced that it would launch a ‘powerful inquiry’ into Australia’s immigration program. The announcement


Sack Pyne

This is simply corruption, at the New Daily: Christopher Pyne opened negotiations over a lucrative defence consultancy while he was still serving as defence minister in Scott Morrison’s cabinet. The revelations are outlined in a submission to a parliamentary inquirylodged by his new employer EY Consulting on Tuesday. Mr Pyne has previously been cleared of any


Coalition, Labor back away from a “Big Australia”

Yesterday’s dire Infrastructure Australia audit, which warned of growing infrastructure bottlenecks and rising costs across roads, rail, schools, electricity and water as Australia’s population balloons to a projected to 31.4 million people by 2031, has finally prompted both major parties to question their bipartisan support for mass immigration and a ‘Big Australia’. The Morrison Government has announced


Tiny Tim scurries for cover on wage smashing IR reforms

Few have done more to damage the Australian national interest than “Tiny” Tim Wilson. After years of poisoning the science of climate change, enjoying red carpet rides into positions of power he wasn’t qualified for, distracting the nation from historic policy reform with marginal social issues, running corrupt bucket shops to get elected, and lying on


Greens back Chinese international student thug takeover

Yes, it has happened, via Domain: Clive Hamilton has slammed left-wing activists on Australian university campuses as “useful idiots” of the Chinese Communist Party, after a Greens student group belatedly reversed its opposition to a protest against the Confucius Institute’s impact on academic freedom. The outspoken author has also called on intelligence authorities to investigate


The slow painful death of the Australian Treasury

When I and other graduates arrived at the Australian Treasury in 2003, we were inducted by Secretary Ken Henry and his deputy secretaries who drilled into us the Treasury’s rich history of giving “frank and fearless” advice to the federal government, based upon rigour and evidence. We were told to examine issues rationally with a


“Grubby” politicians change laws to prevent being kicked out of parliament

No wonder trust in Australia’s politicians and institutions is at an historical low. From 10 daily: Labor and Coalition politicians stitched up a deal to protect themselves from being kicked out of Parliament. In April, in the dying hours of the last Parliament, with the Federal Budget being debated and the election about to be


Time Labor cut Keating adrift

He’s some serious dead wood. Via the ABC: “If you’re talking about the Labor Party and why it lost the election, it failed to understand the middle-class economy that Bob Hawke and I created for Australia. “And so much of Labor Party’s policies were devoted to the bottom end of the workforce and the community


Kenneth Hayne sure doesn’t like Josh Recessionberg

And why would he? Via Domain: In his first public statement since handing down the findings of the financial services probe in February, Justice Hayne contrasted the independent and transparent nature of royal commissions against the “opaque” and “skewed” decisions of politicians influenced by those “powerful enough to lobby governments behind closed doors”. “The increasingly


LNP won QLD without One Nation

So say The Australian: Analysis by The Australian of newly released Australian Electoral Commission data shows that in 12 Queensland seats ultimately won by the Coalition and where Pauline Hanson’s party finished third, the government had secured 50 per cent of the vote or was leading Labor before One Nation preferences were distributed. Although One Nation preferences


It appears gas reservation is still on track

Via the Ministers: Joint media release with the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP and the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon Angus Taylor MP The Liberal-National Government will help secure gas supplies, put downward pressure on prices and encourage new investment in gas supplies. The measures we announce today will help to protect


No US missiles for Darwin

Not yet anyway. It appears the issue was misreported by the MSM yesterday, via the ABC: Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has ruled out the United States deploying mid-range missiles in Australia, confirming no formal request has been made. Senator Reynolds said the issue was canvassed during high-level talks with her US counterpart, Defence Secretary Mark


ScoMo to examine gas reservetion

Via the ABC: A portion of Australia’s gas supplies could be set aside for domestic use as part of a Federal Government push to try to bring down gas prices. Resources Minister Matt Canavan announced the Commonwealth would formally examine a domestic gas reservation scheme in Western Australia, where he said consumers paid some of


John Howard slams kow towing miners

Good stuff from the old battleaxe at. of all places, the Diggers and Dealers event: “China remains an authoritarian country. But the economic importance of China to Australia is overwhelming, and we should never lose sight of that. Successive governments in Australia, from both sides of politics, have worked very effectively to keep a good


Welcome to your mass immigration kleptocracy

For years, MB has pointed out to an obtuse media that wage theft, crushloading, dodgy construction, falling living standards and corruption are integral parts of the mass immigration economic model. It is pointless whining about it, regulating it, fixing it piecemeal and expecting our institutions will cope. All such efforts will fail. Why? Because these are


Manchurian Dan blows Crown smokescreen

Following a dismissive response to the point of tyrannical arrogance, “Manchurian Dan” Andrews has been forced to act on Crown, via Domain: Victoria’s gaming minister has instructed the regulator to launch an urgent investigation into Crown Resorts’ business ties to organisations linked to Chinese criminals, amid the deepening scandal engulfing the Australian casino giant. In