Australian Politics


What is the Real Estate Treasurer doing in New York?

Interesting stuff as the Real Estate Treasurer continues his bubble-defence world tour: When Treasurer Scott Morrison met Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein in New York late last week, the Wall Street banker was baffled. Blankfein was searching for answers. Why, at a time when most economies were generally performing reasonably, had politics become so


Newspoll doom 21: When does Do-nothing Malcolm get boned?

Newspoll doom passes 21 as it gets worse: The Turnbull government is struggling to win back support as it prepares for a new fight on household energy prices, with the Coalition trailing Labor by 46 to 54 per cent in another harsh verdict from voters. The latest Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian, shows Labor


Clash of the Titans: Straya and DPRK go at it

From the North Korean official news agency, KCNA: A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on Saturday as regards Australia’s frantic engagement in the hostile acts of the U.S. against the DPRK: Lately, Australia is showing dangerous moves of


Climate flip-flopping Coalition condemns Abbott climate flip-flopping

Via The Guardian: Statements by Tony Abbott suggesting that climate change is “probably doing good” are different to his opinion while he was prime minister and it is up to him to explain why he has changed his view, Julie Bishop has said. Speaking from South Korea on the ABC’s 7:30 on Thursday, the foreign affairs minister


‘It’s the vibe of the thing’ claims One Nation loon in High Court

Life imitating art today as the One Nation fruit cakes take their turn in the High Court: Dividing people into different classes of citizens based on whether or not they are born in Australia is “fundamentally unAustralian”, One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts’ barrister told the High Court on Thursday morning. …”There should be no place in


Hewson: Turnbull is weak (meh, it’s worse)

Via Domainfax: In a searing assessment of the Coalition’s chances of recovery, John Hewson told Fairfax Media that Mr Turnbull looked weak for failing to assert his past commitments on climate change, tax policy and marriage equality, and for refusing to call out Mr Abbott despite the growing absurdity of his arguments. Dr Hewson cited Mr


Politics has pulled a Costanza

It is always wrong but right now nobody stands for anything! The Coalition is a centre-Right, liberal-leaning, small government party with a penchant for individualism and personal, as well as national, security. Yet today it’s major policy platforms are: anti-science and anti-climate change, especially market solutions; anti-markets and innovation in its embrace of rent-seekers; anti-competition


Greens hold their heads up in High Court

Shame on the rest of the sad sack of carpet-baggers: The court of disputed returns should not reward “negligence” by letting off parliamentarians who did not take “reasonable steps” to investigate their dual citizenship, the lawyer for Greens Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam has argued. In the second day of eligibility hearings on Wednesday, Brian Walters argued


Fake Greens defend Sydney’s population ponzi

By Leith van Onselen I have written previously (here and here) how the Australian Greens have shut down discussion and rational debate over population policy, in turn giving voice to divisive figures like Pauline Hanson. This comes despite population size having a direct impact on the Australian environment, which The Greens are supposed to care


Ignorantia juris non excusat

Pure sophistry from Do-nothing Malcolm in the High Court: Two possible paths that could lead to victory for the government emerged yesterday after Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue QC argued the Sykes v Cleary ruling was problematic. The High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, could overturn the ruling, upon which much of section 44


The great SSM distraction

By Leith van Onselen With the blanket media coverage over same sex marriage (SSM), you’d think it was the most important issue confronting Australia. Former PM Bob Hawke recently went so far as to say: Feisty former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke has called the same-sex marriage postal survey the worst economic decision since federation


Why importing LNG is another disastrous idea

Via Matthew Stevens today: The federal government might question Andy Vesey’s standing as a good corporate citizen, but a commercial nation facing further gas supply and price shocks from 2019 might well urge those working to craft a functioning energy policy to take stock of the savvy energy trader’s plans. Vesey’s thought crime, of course,


US hawk sails into Canberra

Via Peter Hartcher: The Trump White House is now carrying out consultations in Washington to test reactions to the appointment of Admiral Harry Harris as ambassador to Australia, and the reactions so far are strongly positive. This signals a rising likelihood that the four-star commander of America’s Pacific Command will be nominated to the post,


Will Labor be any better on energy?

Bill Shorten has also spoken on energy today at the AFR Summit: Mr Shorten said Labor would also introduce a national interest test for all new LNG facilities to “guard against a repeat of the current crisis”. He said Labor also supported the “responsible” development of onshore gas although fracking was largely a state issue.


CET goes way of carbon price

Farewell CET: Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has all but ruled out a clean energy target, saying the transition to lower greenhouse gas emissions cannot come at the expense of the reliability and affordability of our electricity system. Mr Frydenberg told the National Energy Summit in Sydney that emissions in the electricity sector had fallen over


What did Bloomie expose in its Crapstralia series?

It was a beating for Australia not seen before outside of MB. Bloomberg took aim at Crapstralaia and it did not miss. Satyajit Das destroyed economic structure: First and most obviously, the Australian economy is still far too dependent on “houses and holes.” During part of the typical business cycle, national income and prosperity are driven