It’s getting pathetic now: Mr Dutton, considered a future leader of the Liberal Party, said he believed Mr Pyne had realised he had “made a mistake” and been “chastised” as a consequence after delivering the address to colleagues. “Tony’s right to point out that he feels that way (about Mr Pyne) and he would express that and
By Leith van Onselen In the wake of the latest Census results, which reported a 1.9 million (+8.8%) surge in Australia’s population in the five years to 2016, driven by 1.3 million new migrants, Sustainable Australia’s president, William Bourke, hit the airwaves yesterday appearing on multiple radio shows to lobby for a cut to Australia’s
From The Australian: A clash over Liberal Party reform is about to give Tony Abbott a new platform from which to attack Malcolm Turnbull, amid growing concern over the former prime minister’s “frontal assault” on the government as it slumps in the opinion polls. Mr Abbott will join fellow conservatives this Saturday to debate giving
By Leith van Onselen There are many downsides from the Census’ reported 1.9 million (+8.8%) hyper-growth in Australia’s population in the five years to 2016, driven by 1.3 million new migrants, including more congested economic and social infrastructure and less affordable housing in the major cities, as well as increased pressure on Australia’s natural environment.
Via the ABC: Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has vowed to reverse cuts to Sunday penalty rates if Labor wins the next election. Mr Shorten made the pledge at an Australian Council of Trade Unions conference in Sydney, as workers in the retail, hospitality and fast-food sectors prepare for a reduction in their take-home pay
Via the AFR: Malcolm Turnbull must put more conservatives in the cabinet and demote Christopher Pyne if he wants to hang on to his leadership and prevent civil war, senior conservatives say. As Tony Abbott stepped up his campaign to topple Mr Turnbull with a provocative speech over policy direction, the Prime Minister sought to
He sure ain’t going away: Tony Abbott has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Turnbull Government sharpening his own vision for the country and politics in Australia, promising he is “in no hurry to leave public life because we need strong liberal conservative voices now, more than ever”. In an address delivered in Brisbane this
Great piece today from Peter Hartcher on the astonishing wreckage of Donald Trump: Donald Trump is unique among US presidents not for his rough treatment of America’s enemies but of its allies. His Vice-President, Mike Pence, must be aware of the problem. He offered Julie Bishop a way around it: “If you ever have any
From The Australian: Analysis by The Australian suggests the Coalition would lose 20 seats — four in NSW, nine in Queensland, two in South Australia and five in Western Australia — if the election matched the state-by-state swings shown in the quarterly Newspoll survey published this week. Three cabinet ministers — Peter Dutton, Christian Porter
Via the AFR: Senator Xenophon said the state needed to ensure the best possible investment conditions were in place to try to reinvigorate the local economy at a time when carmaker Holden was getting ready to close its operations in October. “My concern is that it will damage investment,” he said. “It’s quite a different
From Domainfax: An inner-city cocktail bar named after one of the poncier fruits – the cherry – is exactly the kind of place you would expect left-wing government schemers to hatch a plot to legislate gay marriage. And indeed, it was at the Cherry Bar in Sydney’s Star Casino that government minister Christopher Pyne was
Via Newspoll today: Malcolm Turnbull has suffered a backlash in South Australia while losing more ground in the key state of Queensland, according to a new analysis showing voter support for the Coalition has tumbled 6 per cent nationwide since last year’s federal election. Voters in South Australia have turned against the federal government more
Cross-posted from The Conversation: Does the Australian government have the policy, organisational and conceptual capacity to handle the country’s A$6 trillion housing stock? We ask this question in a newly released research report. The answer is critically important to both household opportunity and prosperity, and to the management of our largest national asset. Australians’ wealth
By Leith van Onselen The Turnbull Government has achieved another win, gaining the support of the 10-member Senate cross-bench for its Gonski-2.0 needs-based funding school model. From The Canberra Times: An extra $24 billion is set to flow into the nation’s schools over the next decade under a landmark deal struck between the Turnbull government
Please explain: Senator Hanson has called for limits to foreign non-resident home ownership in Australia and will be raising the issue today, on the floor of the Senate. According to Senator Hanson the shortage of affordable housing available for Australians can be addressed by limiting foreign non-residents to one new property and enforcing laws to
By Leith van Onselen WA Premier, Mark McGowan, has signaled that unlike his federal Labor counterpart, Bill Shorten, he actually cares about his workers. With WA unemployment and underemployment sky high: McGowan in March wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsorship Migration Scheme, thus effectively preventing a pathway for
Maybe it will have to be revolution: The Turnbull government has put its bill to prevent worker exploitation on the backburner, delaying a vote until at least August – a full two years after the 7-Eleven wage scandal was exposed. The move comes amid an extensive behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign by the Franchise Council of Australia, led
Yesterday we had One Nation more popular than the Greens by its largest margin ever in Newspoll: Today Essential has it on a tear as well, leveling with the lost Greens: This despite bubbling, scandals, spastic policy positions and openly moronic candidates. It’s a simple and very clear message to all concerned: cut immigration.
Via The Australian: The Turnbull government has announced it will impose restrictions on Australia’s domestic gas supply in a bid to lower electricity prices. “It is unsustainable for our country to be the world’s largest exporter, but to be paying some of the largest prices for gas,” Resources Minister Matthew Canavan said. Malcolm Turnbull also
The MacroBusiness moniker, Reynard the Fox, represents why the blog exists. Reynard is an archetype of the “trickster”, the joker or court jester who cuts through the hypocrisy of the day to tell the plain truth. Crucially, it is done from the inside. Reynard is not a rebel or revolutionary, he is a satirist, an
Via The Australian: The first attempts are being made to discount Malcolm Turnbull’s own benchmark of leadership failure — 30 losing Newspoll surveys in a row. There is disaffected grumbling from those within the Liberal Party trying to lower the threshold for leadership removal by claiming it will be fewer than 30 and pointing to
Hello capex cliff round two: Following our recent review, we have increased our Australian housing starts assumptions 7% in FY17 (following higher than expected 2HCY16 starts), and reduced forecasts in FY18 to 198k units (100bp reduction vs our previous FY18 growth assumption) and FY19 to 177k units (800bp reduction vs our previous FY19 growth
Makes that 14 Newspolls in a row: The Coalition is struggling to climb out of a dangerous slump after trying to win back voters on school funding and energy prices, with the government trailing Labor by 47 to 53 per cent in two-party terms. Malcolm Turnbull has kept his lead over Bill Shorten as preferred
You know you’ve made it when The Economist picks you up: WHEN Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, urged China earlier this month to respect “the sovereignty of others”, many took it as criticism of China’s expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea. But the comment might just as easily have been a reference to
We warned and warned and warned and now they are here: Around three quarters of the nation’s households and businesses are now facing substantial rises in their power bills from next month, after Origin Energy announced price hikes for electricity and gas. Rounding out price increases from the big three generators and retailers, Origin Energy
Via the AFR: The chief executive of the Australian Bankers’ Association Anna Bligh has zeroed in on the development of government’s major bank levy by criticising the lack of industry consultation and the shifting series of rationales put forward for the levy. “Neither appropriate process have been followed or sufficient consultation been allowed,” Ms Bligh said.
Via The Australian: Malcolm Turnbull sought assurances that former trade minister Andrew Robb had not breached ministerial standards after taking a job with China’s Landbridge. …Mr Robb reportedly took a consulting role with Landbridge from July 1, a day before last year’s election. The government says he was not paid as an MP after May.
Via the AFR: The east coast gas debacle has become a game with no winners, even with the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism. While LNG producers have been vocal on the hit to their reputation from LNG export controls, neither can manufacturers expect much relief from their problem of high gas prices. In just over
Via The Australian comes an unwise diplomatic intervention: China’s ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, has hit out at the ABC and Fairfax over a joint Four Corners report on China’s influence in Australia. He said at an Australia China Business Council networking day in Parliament House in Canberra that the report’s producers aimed to “instigate China
From The Australian: Senior ALP figures are disturbed that a Chinese-born Sydney man with high-level links to a pro-Beijing lobby group not only works for rising NSW Labor star Chris Minns as a political staffer but also runs a Chinese export business with Mr Minns’s wife. James Zhou is employed full-time by Mr Minns, the