Bill Shorten’s back flip on midsize business tax cuts generated a torrent of ink last week, but almost none of it focused on the real reason for both the initiative itself, and its embarrassing reversal at the hands of shadow cabinet. Which is, of course, that the policy had nothing to do with policy at all. It was simply another in the increasingly humiliating series of ritual dances that the would-be next prime minister must perform in order to satisfy his unlikely alliance stablemates, the CFMMEU and related "industrial left" groupings.
The push for a bit of old-skool class warfare was wholly internally focused: a test shot to see how much authority Shorten has. The killing of it in shadow cabinet was an equally abrupt response -- not a lot. That a Labor leader from the Catholic right has a high-corporate tax policy knocked on the head by the Victorian Socialist Left and National Left shows how devoid of content the war of position is.
Does anyone understand Labor’s trade policy?
Labor is waving through legislation that goes against its own policy, and is simultaneously worried about rising trade barriers but also wants to raise our own. Go figure.
More anti-Semitic imagery posted from Clive Palmer’s Facebook page
Clive Palmer's Facebook memes take an extremely hard-right turn, Bill Shorten's storm banter, and Frydenberg ignores some important details.
If you got a shitty pop culture reference put your hands up
Scott Morrison's unfortunate Fatman Scoop video isn't the first we've seen of this, and it won't be the last.
Parliamentary leadership hangover leaves Liberals wanting
The parliamentary theatre that followed the leadership spill today merely confirmed where our politics is at.
Poll Bludger: mixed signals as Coalition tries to turn the ship around
Where do Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals really sit after the carnage of Super Saturday? It depends which way you read the polling.