Tag Archives: Malcolm Turnbull

MUNGO MacCALLUM. Family First or Day First?

  The name of Bob Day, the now former senator, was never one to conjure with. If he was noted at all, it was usually as the Sancho Panza to David Leyonhjelm’s Don Quixote – a loyal and reliable hanger-on, … Continue reading

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FRANK BRENNAN SJ. Malcolm Turnbull’s defence of Nauru.

This is Frank Brennan’s most recent post of Facebook. When interviewed by Fran Kelly this morning, Malcolm Turnbull suggested it was a simple binary choice: strong border protection including the cruel, endless warehousing of proven refugees (including children) on places … Continue reading

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HUGH MACKAY. The days of political stability and vision are gone.

From 1949 to 2007, Australian federal governments were defeated at the polls on only five occasions. Voters’ reluctance to rock the political boat over those six decades was not necessarily a reflection of great satisfaction with politics. Rather it was … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Malcolm Turnbull’s problem in the parliament.

  Another week, another stuff up. Once again Malcolm Turnbull’s year of delivery has delivered a parliamentary prat fall. This one was unprecedented, but not actually serious: for the first time ever, the government voted against itself. The mistake was … Continue reading

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ALLAN PATIENCE. Australia’s American Leadership Distraction

Back in the 1960s, in his book The Lucky Country (a title he meant as irony), Donald Horne noted that Australia was a lucky country despite being run by second-rate people. Considering today’s leaders across Australia, we would have to … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Malcolm Turnbull’s low road.

  So much for Malcolm Turnbull’s great fortnight in parliament, followed by his triumphant march through the marbled halls of New York and Washington. His claque of supporters raved, of course, but the paying customers – the voters – remained … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Cruelty and evil have become banal

  Malcolm Turnbull told the UN that our treatment of refugees is world’s best practice. Only a guilty conscience could allow such self deception. In her book ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’, published in 1963, Hannah Arendt refers to the ‘banality of … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Malcolm Turnbull – the last straw on climate change and renewables.

  Let’s be clear. All the experts tell us that the power blackout in SA had nothing to do with the energy mix – coal, gas, solar or wind. They all tell us that the blackout was due to the … Continue reading

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FRANK BRENNAN SJ. Another win for ‘David’ Timor against ‘Goliath’ Australia

David Timor has once again scored a win against Goliath Australia in the international legal forum. Last time it was in the International Court of Justice which took strong exception to Australia’s raiding of the office of a lawyer involved … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KELLY SJ. Winners are grinners – asylum seekers in Bangkok.

  In the great race of life, it’s well to savor the few winners you back. Such was my experience last week. For some years, I’ve been helping a small group of asylum seekers survive against the odds in Bangkok. … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. ALP Ambush.

  When Sam Dastyari was promoted to the shadow ministry earlier this year, Bill Shorten was unable, because of the opposition’s salary cap rules, to give him a pay rise. But now Dastyari can surely apply for a lavish bonus … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Malcolm Turnbull and indigenous affairs.

  If Malcolm Turnbull did not know it before, he certainly should now: before you stomp your way into Aboriginal politics, it is wise to first don the emu-feather sandals of a trained Kadaitcha man. The area is fraught with … Continue reading

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TONY SMITH. Hopes End: the cynics must not prevail

  Dear Prime Minister Turnbull Congratulations on your election success. Two years ago very few observers believed the Coalition Government deserved another term so you have a personal achievement of which you can be proud. While you were busy campaigning, … Continue reading

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KAITLIN WALSH. Come on down Malcolm! Because YOU are The Biggest Loser

  If revenge is a dish best served cold then surely schadenfreude is best when tasted hot and fresh. As when viewing the tattered remnants of the Turnbull camp following Saturday’s election.

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JOHN MENADUE: ‘Plan for a strong new economy’

  As a voter in the prime minister’s electorate of Wentworth, I have received two letterbox drops from Malcolm Turnbull on a 5-point plan for economic growth and jobs. This 5 point plan is the centre piece of Malcolm Turnbull’s … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Brexit and a failure of leadership – a sad, sad day.

  There are lessons for many, including Australia, in Brexit and in the demise of David Cameron. That demise resulted from a failure of leadership. He pandered to the extremist Eurosceptic in his party. Instead of dismissing them and telling … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM: Rituals of irrelevance and distraction.

So we have at last reached a marker along the long trek to the election. The Pre-election economic and fiscal outlook (PEFO) was announced at the end of the second week, which is supposed to mean just where we and … Continue reading

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Warwick Elsche. If words were deeds.

If words were deeds – or even credible policies – Malcolm Turnbull might already have joined the company of Australia’s pre-eminent Prime Ministers. All three of Malcolm’s pre-politics callings, journalism, law and banking, have involved the extensive used of the … Continue reading

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What has gone wrong with Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN?

In a column in The Drum on the ABC, Paddy Manning comments that ‘Malcolm Turnbull’s version of the NBN is proving to be much more expensive to deliver than was originally hoped. Remember that the only merit of Turnbull’s “multi-technology … Continue reading

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David Stephens. Malcolm Turnbull’s post-Anzac pitch to the Australian Defence Force

Tony Abbott admired soldiers. He liked to be around them, to talk about the fortunes of war (“shit happens,” as he memorably muttered to troops in Afghanistan). He quoted Samuel Johnson about how men despise themselves if they have never … Continue reading

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Evan Williams. Film review: ‘The Big Short’

An opening title informs us that The Big Short is “based on a true story.” That usually means that the film we are about to see has only a tenuous connection with reality, that most of it is invented and … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Preferential trade deals – gigantic foundation stones or pebbles?

Malcolm Turnbull has described the TPP as a ‘gigantic foundation stone’ that will deliver ‘more jobs, absolutely’. The World Bank now tells us that the TPP will be more like a pebble than a foundation stone.  See following article by … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Radicalism and terrorism.

Repost from 15/10/2015 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is talking a lot about his government’s commitment to counter radicalisation in the Muslim community. The NSW Premier and Police Commissioner also keep talking about countering radicalisation. At least this is preferable to … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Repost: NBN; the rot set in with John Howard.

The current NBN mess started with the decision of the Howard Government to privatise the whole of Telstra and not just its retail arm. If the wholesale arm of Telstra had remained in public hands we would have been well … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Our innovation-averse business culture

Malcolm Turnbull’s Innovation statement sounded new, but was it? So much of what he said used to be called industry policy-technology parks, offsets, defense technology, support for inventors, and quality assurance. But Malcolm Turnbull dwelt particularly on the need for … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The ‘claytons’ NBN

In his statement on innovation, Malcolm Turnbull said ‘the internet and the technology it enables means we are now part of the truly global market place. It means there are few barriers to entry for Australian businesses, no matter where … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Malcolm Turnbull on climate change.

Since he became Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has committed himself to Tony Abbott’s policies on climate change. He supports Direct Action. He supports the Abbott government’s carbon reduction targets. At the Paris Conference, the Turnbull government reaffirmed its commitment to … Continue reading

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Ross Gittins. Launch of book by Menadue and Keating.

Sydney, Thursday, November 5, 2015   Paul Samuelson, the famous American economist, is said to have remarked that the stockmarket has predicted nine of the past five recessions. I thought of that this week and decided the Canberra press gallery … Continue reading

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Quigley, former CEO of NBN, attributes $15 b. cost blow out to Turnbull’s Multi Technology Mix.

For comment by Renai LeMay, see link to his blog delimiter.com.au below: https://delimiter.com.au/2015/11/05/quigley-releases-detailed-evidence-showing-mtm-nbn-cost-blowout/ John Menadue.

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Quentin Dempster. Countering Rupert Murdoch’s plan to destroy public broadcasting in Australia.

I regret to report there are forces at work in this country out to destroy public broadcasting… the ABC and SBS. But the fight to protect and enhance a more dynamic public broadcasting sector has just begun. Tomorrow in The … Continue reading

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