Australian Politics


What if the Libs threw a party and nobody came?

At The Australian today, it’s not a “what if” question: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg struggled to get past security when he drove himself to the billionaire Pratt family mansion Raheen for a fundraiser last night. …Last night’s event was a Liberal Party pre-election fundraiser with Melbourne’s money: a $12,000-a-head dinner hosted by the billionaire family matriarch


What’s the point of hiking a minimum wage nobody pays?

Via The Australian today: Bill Shorten has launched a fresh assault in his war on business, branding employers as “fat cats” for criticising Labor’s wages policy and threatening to impose once-in-a-generation changes that would force the industrial umpire to deliver bigger pay rises to 2.3 million workers. Arguing that the principles behind setting the minimum


Has climate change cooked the Coalition?

Even the lunatic RBA has swung behind climate change mitigation now, at the AFR: Reserve Bank deputy governor Guy Debelle has called for immediate action on climate change to avert an “abrupt, disorderly” economic transition, in a speech that confirmed climate change policy as one of the central bank’s key priorities. In a speech on


80% of NSW voters oppose more population

By Leith van Onselen While NSW’s politicians continue to fight a phoney war over Sydney’s ‘overdevelopment’, while ignoring entirely the mass immigration causing the said development, NSW voters have delivered another damning indictment. Yesterday, a Newspoll survey revealed that 80% of voters in NSW do not want the state’s population to increase, with majority support across


Poor little Andrew bewails lost Chinese millions

Via the ABC: Former trade minister Andrew Robb has slammed his ex-colleagues Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce, as well as Australia’s security agencies, over what he sees as anti-China sentiment. In a wide-ranging interview with AM, Mr Robb confirmed he had been working with the Chinese company Landbridge on a plan to develop a health


Politicians fight phoney war over Sydney’s ‘overdevelopment’

By Leith van Onselen With the NSW Election to be held in a fortnight, politicians are scampering to appease the voter backlash against Sydney’s over-development, while ignoring the mass immigration that’s causing the problem. An ‘investigation’ published yesterday by The ABC illustrates the shenanigans: NSW Labor claims western Sydney is being “clobbered” by over-development… Development


Essential: Labor cruising to easy win

Via The Guardian: Labor is comfortably ahead of the Coalition in the latest Guardian Essential poll, and just over half of the voters in this fortnight’s sample, particularly voters under 34, worry Australia is not doing enough to address climate change. The latest survey of 1,089 voters has Labor in front of the Morrison government on


Nats are fighting One Nation not LNP over coal

The usual garbage from the MSM today, via The Australian: Barnaby Joyce and senior Nationals MPs have warned that the ­Coalition agreement could be severed over energy policy, setting up a showdown with city-based Liberal MPs fearing a voter backlash over coal in affluent blue-ribbon seats in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. After Scott Morrison yesterday


#Me too rocks Scummo

More trouble for Scummo: When Julia Banks quit the Liberal party she accused her former colleagues of bullying, but refused to name the men [email protected] sat down with the newly independent MP to ask her about dirty tricks in and out of the party room. #TheProjectTV — The Project (@theprojecttv) March 10, 2019


LNP dill swallows ALP pill

Amusing stuff from the dreaded teleprompter fail files at The Guardian: The new minister for defence industry, Linda Reynolds, has disavowed and then embraced arguments from her cabinet colleague Mathias Cormann that wages adjusting in line with economic conditions is a “deliberate design feature” of the Australian economy. During an untidy television appearance on Sunday morning,


Newspoll: Scummo dead duck

Goodbye Scummo: Scott Morrison’s visit last week to the Christmas Island regional processing centre in a bid to keep the pressure on Labor’s softened border protection policy failed to ameliorate the damage, with the two-party-preferred vote widening from 53-47 a fortnight ago to 54-46 this week, giving Labor a clear eight-point lead over the ­Coalition.


Abbottalypse climate!

Amazing what the threat of losing your sinecure can do, at Domain: Tony Abbott has backflipped on his call for Australia to withdraw from the landmark Paris agreement, saying the federal government has lost the “emissions obsession” it held under former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Turnbull swiftly returned fire on Twitter, suggesting Mr Abbott’s


Recessionberg: I am not here

Ah yes, Josh Recessionberg the L-plated Treasurer, who writes in The Australian: Yesterday’s national accounts show the economy grew by 2.7 per cent last calendar year…It also underlines the danger of Labor’s housing tax and its plans to abolish negative gearing as we know it and increase capital gains tax by half. …With unemployment at 5


Recessionberg Coalition’s next domino

Via The Australian: The Victorian Liberal Party is preparing to spend up to $1 million to save Josh Frydenberg’s heartland seat of Kooyong, amid alarm that key city seats will be swept away at the May election. Senior Liberals said the party had initially allocated $500,000 to fight for the Treasurer’s seat but was prepared


Subway “skilled” Chinese sandwich maker underpaid

Via Yahoo comes the great Australian economy: The former owner of two Subway franchises in Sydney has been penalised $65,000 after underpaying a former employee by $16,345. The employee working at outlets at Artarmon and Stanmore was paid just $14-$14.50 an hour, between October 2014 and April 2016. That’s well below the minimum rate of


More members quit Greens as environmentalists “no longer welcome”

By Leith van Onselen Back in December, New South Wales MP Jeremy Buckingham ripped up his membership at a press conference and quit the Greens describing the party as “toxic” and “no longer focused on the environment”. Then last month, a long-term parliamentary staffer, Jack Gough, also resigned, claiming the hard-left faction in the NSW Greens is


Meet Scott Morrison, your Property Council PM

Michael Sainsbury has done a great job exposing Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Below are my favourite extracts: WHEN SCOTT Morrison either accidently – or more likely with great skullduggery – emerged as the successor to Malcolm Turnbull in August 2018, the congratulations naturally enough flooded in. But for most Australians, it was unclear


Lame duck Morrison throws $2b climate change hail mary

By Leith van Onselen The man that once waved a lump of coal around parliament has announced a $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund to reduce Australia’s emissions. From The ABC: Prime Minister Scott Morrison will today launch a new pre-election climate change policy, pledging $2 billion for projects to bring down Australia’s emissions. The Climate


Newspoll: Labor heading for stomping victory

By Leith van Onselen The Coalition’s scaremongering over border protection and negative gearing has failed to lift its electoral fortunes, with the latest Newspoll of voter intentions maintaining Labor’s six point lead over the Coalition, 53% to 47% on a two-party preferred basis: Labor’s and the Coalition’s primary votes have also remained dead flat at


Fake Greens disgorge fake housing affordability plan

Via Domain: All new Sydney developments would be subject to a minimum 30 per cent affordable housing target in a bid to address the city’s housing crisis under a NSW Greens proposal. The Saving Sydney package, announced on Friday by Greens MP and planning spokesman David Shoebridge, would also abolish priority precincts and restore planning


In case of emergency break glass for Recessionberg

In case of emergency break glass for Recessionberg, via Bloomie: Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg downplayed reports that a major port in northern China has banned coal imports from Australia and says trade ties between the two nations are “exceptionally strong.” Frydenberg cautioned against “jumping to conclusions,” after Reuters said Dalian Port Group has imposed an