Australian Politics


Morrison failure complete as PLA “strongarm” troops to Solomons

As the Morrison Government has sat on its arse for eight months knowing this was coming, we are watching the formation of China’s Pacific Axis in real-time: The Solomon Islands opposition says Chinese security personnel could soon outnumber Australian peacekeepers in the country, warning that Prime Minister ­Manasseh Sogavare is likely to ­install a “strongarm”


Shock horror! Investor property tax rorts benefit the rich

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has presented research on negative gearing and the capital gains tax (CGT) discount, which would have been useful in 2018-19. According to the PBO, both tax lurks overwhelming benefit higher income earners – something MB has argued for years: 57 per cent of negative gearing deductions go to the top


Morrison pork or Howard worship to blame for rate rises?

So say “economists“: Cost-of-living spending in the federal budget “100 per cent” helped pull forward the Reserve Bank’s decision to increase official interest rates, say economists who warn most Australians will suffer real falls in wages over the next 18 months. As Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg defended their handling of the


Worst fears confirmed in Solomons

The ABC is carrying the story of the latest verbal missile thrown at Australia from the Solomons: The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has launched a tirade in parliament, suggesting Australia and its allies are deliberately trying to undermine his government, criticising the Western response to Russia’s invasion and praising China’s treatment of Christians. Manasseh Sogavare


Morrison gaslights integrity commission

More Morrison corruption today: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has opened a new front in the debate over a national integrity commission, declaring Australia could become an unrecognisable “public autocracy” if such a body is given too much influence over government decision-making. With Labor, the Greens and the “teal” independents campaigning hard on the need for


NSW ICAC chief labels corrupt ScoMo a “buffoon”

NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) commissioner Stephen Rushton, SC, appeared before state parliament’s ICAC oversight committee yesterday. Rushton told the committee that people who have referred to ICAC as a ‘kangaroo court’ were “buffoons”, and that such comments risked eroding trust in ICAC and undermining public trust in governments. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has


Coalition, Labor lock horns in faux housing affordability war

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has attacked Labor’s proposed shared equity scheme for home buyers, which would see the federal government take a 30% to 40% share in their property. Morrison claims Labor “wants the government to own your home”. However, he has previously supported similar schemes operated by state governments and the private sector: Morrison


ACTU attacks Coalition for decade of lost wages, ignores immigration

A new report from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) claims that a 10.3% increase in workers’ productivity since the Coalition government won office in 2013 has not been reflected in wages growth. The peak union body says the average worker would have been $10,000 better off if real wages had kept pace with


Unchecked climate change to destory all ocean life

She’ll be right. A new peer-reviewed shocker published in Science for the loons to ignore. — Rising temperatures, rising risks Climate change brings with it the increasing risk of extinction across species and systems. Marine species face particular risks related to water warming and oxygen depletion. Penn and Deutsch looked at extinction risk for marine


Desperate Morrison throws fresh bribe at wealthy boomers

March’s Federal Budget extended its minimum pension drawdown requirement for a further 12 months, thus enabling affluent retirees to keep their superannuation balances without needing to sell their assets. The biggest beneficiaries of the extension are wealthy retirees, who use superannuation tax breaks to escape tax on funds they are accumulating to pass on to their


Polls swing to Labor landslide

Newspoll first: Resolve is more Labor bullish. Pollbludger: Resolve Strategic does not provide a two-party preferred result (though the Age/Herald report fills the gaps), but these numbers suggest around 54-46 in favour of Labor using flows from the 2019 election compared with 52-48 last time, albeit that the overall size of the non-major party vote


Liberal MP demands pay rise for struggling federal politicians

With the annual inflation rate of 5.1% now more than twice the rate of wages growth, and the average Australian worker’s wages are going backwards in real terms, Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt has called for federal politicians to be given a pay rise. The base salary of federal MPs is $211,250 a year, while


The complete list of Coalition corruption

Matthew Davies has compiled a comprehensive list with references of over 1,000 instances of Coalition corruption over its eight years in office. Below is a sample of the Coalition’s spurious decisions: Cut $14 million from the national audit office, after that office discovered substantial improprieties and wasteful spending (such as the sports rorts, and paying


Gladys Liu exposes Morrison’s true colours

Liberal MP Gladys Liu appeared in a car crash interview on the ABC yesterday including this little pearler on an integrity commission: — Phillip – 交通工程师 (@pyap001) April 28, 2022 Hoocoodanode Ms. Liu would be so unfamilar with integrity? Remember that ASIO warned about Liu’s CCP links before she was preselected but, now, according


Former ASIO head: Coalition lost the Solomons

Former ASIO, ONA and RAMSI head, Nick Warner, today: It’s not that no attention was paid to the South Pacific. In the 1990s Labor’s Gordon Bilney worked hard to strengthen relations, followed by Richard Marles a decade later. Alexander Downer focused a lot of successful effort on PNG (Sandline and the Bougainville peace agreement that ended a


Labor takes aim at ‘cult of consultants’

For years MB lamented how Australia’s public service has been stripped raw by decades of government outsourcing, waves of senior redundancies, and a preference for governments to seek advice from paid consultants. The end result is that the “frank and fearless advice” that the public service was once renowned for has vanished, replaced by spin


Albo should stay in bed

Having a sore throat and an effective muzzle has delivered Albo his best week of the campaign so far. While the Labor leader is on his back, the shockingly biased media has had to focus on the government and it is not faring well. It’s falling apart on good economic management as an election rate