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
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”.
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
By Leith van Onselen After previously raising concern at the rapid immigration (population growth) into Sydney, NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has taken a bizarre turn, now lamenting the “white flight” from suburbs like Fairfield caused by a supposed influx of refugees. From The Daily Telegraph: LABOR leader Luke Foley has put the issue of
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
Via Domainfax: The suburban revolt against the NSW government’s medium density code is gathering pace, with four councils granted a 12-month delay of the new rules that make it easier for homeowners to build terraces on their properties. Another five councils are seeking a deferral of the new planning rules to consider the impact of
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
It appears One Nation has killed the company tax cut. Via The Australian: Pauline Hanson has dealt what appears to be a fatal blow to the government’s company tax cuts by withdrawing support for the package and producing a list of near impossible demands, declaring that Malcolm Turnbull has failed to sell the reform’s benefits.
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
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
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
Via the AFR: Planned changes to toughen the Petroleum Resources Rent Tax are being temporarily withheld, in part so they can be used as leverage should One Nation waver in its support for the remainder of the company tax cuts, senior sources have revealed. Petroleum and gas giants have told The Australian Financial Review that
Via Domainfax: Victoria is now the “number one state” for membership of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, with polling figures suggesting the party’s growing support is putting it in a position to win up to three seats in November’s election. One Nation says it has seen a surge in recruitment in Victoria over the past six
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
Via Domainfax: The Turnbull government has ruled out a referendum to end the dual citizenship debacle once and for all, but will introduce new rules to reduce the likelihood of further High Court cases. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last year tasked a powerful parliamentary committee, headed by a Liberal senator, to examine the section 44
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
By Leith van Onselen Yesterday, we reported how the Turnbull Government was seeking to force permanent migrants to stay in the regions, rather than migrate to the big cities. This move comes after both the 2011 and 2016 Censuses showed that 86% of migrants into Australia have moved to the major cities, especially Sydney and
Via Paul Kelly today: The fascinating story of Bill Shorten is the rising tide of audacity and risk that simultaneously surrounds his leadership — the more the Opposition Leader tries to set the agenda, the more he raises doubts about his credibility and offers opponents a generous target. So far this has worked for Shorten.
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
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
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
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