Australian Politics


Fuhrer Morrison demands silent Australians

It’s interesting to watch as Prime Minister Scott Morrison experiments with the trappings of “strong man” politics in Australia as the phenomenon expands abroad. The weekend press reprised last week’s mining and climate clashes and the PM’s responses. At Domain: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has sparked a furore over free speech by vowing to draft


Bring on the Aussie Brexit

Lowy Institute’s Sam Roggeveen does a shockingly arrogant job on an Aussie Brexit today: There are strong parallels between Australian politics and the chaos witnessed in recent years in Europe and the United Kingdom. My contention is that in Australia, immigration – a long-running point of domestic controversy with profound consequences for foreign policy –


King Scott to ban climate protests

It’s all about free speech with the Coalition so long as it doesn’t upset their mates: Scott Morrison has flagged new laws to crack down on activist protesters who target mining businesses, declaring “absolutist environmentalism is testing the limits of the right to protest”. The Prime Minister will use a speech to the Queensland Resources


Angry China lashes Australia for being decent

Via the ABC: China is warning Australia to avoid straining bi-lateral relations following criticism from Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne on China’s human rights record. During a foreign policy speech in Sydney on Tuesday, Senator Payne said Australia would continue to advocate for democracy and human rights in China, adding that staying quiet on sensitive


How to save Australia

At least in part, even the idiots at Crikey have worked it out: At the moment, the government has its fingers in its ears and is yelling “budget surplus budget surplus”. But what about the opposition, now that Anthony Albanese has begun discussing Labor’s policy path to the next election? Albanese’s first major economic speech yesterday, full


Deep within Home Affairs pornopticon, Dutton likes to watch

From deep inside the Home Affairs pornopticon, Peter Dutton likes to watch, via ZDNet: The Department of Home Affairs is hoping to use its Face Verification Service and Document Verification Service across the economy, and is backing its use for age verification for Australians to look at pornography. Writing in a submission to the House of Representatives


UQ student seeks to cut university’s CCP umbilical

Bravo! Via the AFR: Even by the regular standards of modern campus activists, Drew Pavlou is particularly annoying. …He has just been elected – by the largest margin ever, he boasts – to the university Senate, which he plans to use as a platform for a campaign to sever its connections with the Chinese government,


What will it take for Australia to revolt?

US broadcasting legend, Larry King, says we should already be reaching for the revolver, at The Australian: Veteran newsman Larry King has attacked Australia’s draconian freedom-of-speech laws, saying he would “react with violence” if police raided his home in a bid to identify the source of a story. The American broadcaster, who hosted the eponymous


ALP and LNP have “understanding” to protect CCP influence

Via the Daily Mail: The Labor Party has been reluctant to seek answers on why the Chinese frigates sailed into Sydney Harbour. The Opposition’s foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong, who hails from Labor’s left faction, didn’t pursue the issue in Senate Budget estimates committees last week. The Labor Opposition failed to ask even one question


Class warriors smash Albanese’s “progressive” Labor

Via the ABC: A senior Labor official has warned the party will continue to lose votes to minor parties like One Nation, unless it starts talking to more people than just “university-educated, city dwellers”. ABC analysis of voting trends and census data revealed Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party polled strongly


Can Labor win as ScoMo lite?

Just as Kevin Rudd won as John Howard lite? Via The Australian, Richard Marles thinks so: The message from those voters is that they are tired of the politics of division and want to hear from Labor about how we will apply our values to putting the national interest first. We are forging new relationships


Manchurian Dan welcomes his new CCP overlords

And secedes from Australian foreign policy in the process. Via Domain: Victoria has signed a fresh deal with the Chinese government and its global ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure project with Premier Daniel Andrew urging other Australian governments to follow suit. …“We’d always hope that the federal government would have a similar approach to us, to


Limp Labor waves through wage crushing FTAs

ACTU president Michele O’Neil has criticised Labor’s decision to support legislation to establish free trade agreements (FTAs) with Indonesia, Hong Kong and Peru. She says the trade deals breach Labor’s national policy platform. Unions’ concerns about the trade deals include the clauses regarding investor-state dispute settlement and labour market testing. The legislation was passed by


Aussies want feds to butt out of ACT’s marijuana legalisation

Last month, the ACT Legislative Assembly passed laws legalising the recreational use of marijuana, which will allow residents aged over 18 to possess up to 50 grams and grow two plants from next year. This has garnered a strong backlash from the federal government, which labelled the legislation “dangerous” and has threatened to block the


Labor must merge with One Nation to win

The ease with which Labor can win the next federal election is nicely illustrated today by two stories. The first is that ScoMo’s polling is very weak for a honeymoon period PM as the weak economy drags him down. The second is captured nicely by Peter van Onselen: The Australian Electoral Commission has released data


CCP building a fourth aircraft carrier

Via The National Interest: The People’s Liberation Army Navy—more commonly known outside of China as the Chinese Navy—is modernizing at a breakneck pace. Chinese shipbuilders have built more than one hundred warships in the past decade, a build rate outstripping the mighty U.S. Navy. Most importantly, China now has two aircraft carriers—Liaoning and a second


“Double agent” Gladys Liu linked to OBOR push

Via Herald Sun: A close friend of Liberal MP Gladys Liu last year set up a group to campaign for China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative within Australia and the Pacific. Prominent property developer Chen Guo Jing has been described on Chinese language sites as the “implementer” of the Australasia Belt and Road Advocacy initiative.


Costello proves you can say anything and get away with it

From perhaps Australia’s greatest ever economic hypocrite, via Domain today: Former treasurer Peter Costello has blamed ultra-low interest rates for fuelling global political extremism and accused the Reserve Bank of focusing on global currency movements rather than the Australian economy when setting monetary policy. Speaking at the Citi Australia and New Zealand Investment Conference 2019