Topic archives: Abbott government

A short history of the prime minister-in-exile being ever-so-helpful

November 28, 2016 6

Tony Abbott is only trying to help. Crikey intern Jordan Fermanis compiles a timeline of all the times Abbott has tried to set Malcolm Turnbull straight.

Turnbull delivers on transparency promise, with Information Commissioner saved

May 3, 2016

The Turnbull government has quietly killed Tony Abbott’s attempt to shut down the office responsible for handling freedom of information requests.

Waleed Aly didn’t ‘nail it’ on the NBN

April 7, 2016 44

Waleed Aly gets a great many things right, but the NBN is not one of them.

Another ‘captain’s call’ chapter closes, with Gupta stepping down from SBS

February 11, 2016 3

Nihal Gupta is stepping down from his role at SBS. But questions still linger about why he was appointed in the first place.

Rundle: an all-too average Joe

Rundle: an all-too average Joe

October 21, 2015 35

What will Joe Hockey's legacy be?

Joe Hockey’s failure dispels the myth of Coalition economic management

Joe Hockey’s failure dispels the myth of Coalition economic management

October 21, 2015 14

Are conservatives better for the economy? Absolutely not, writes Ben Oquist executive director of The Australia Institute. And Joe Hockey proves it.

How the govt royally screwed up what was almost a pretty good week

How the govt royally screwed up what was almost a pretty good week

September 11, 2015 17

The government has found yet another way to damage itself and particularly the man it is relying on to fight the crucial battle with Labor over CHAFTA.

Hockey’s economic plan IS working, but he won’t say why

Hockey’s economic plan IS working, but he won’t say why

September 3, 2015 10

Joe Hockey said yesterday's GDP number showed his economic plan was working. He's right, but the it's the economic plan that he never mentions, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

This is Abbott’s Dubya moment

This is Abbott’s Dubya moment

September 3, 2015 13

Tony Abbott seems determined to bog Australia down in another war in the Middle East, even though it is bad for Australia and even bad for Abbott himself.

Rundle: worst Australian government ever, proven by science

Rundle: worst Australian government ever, proven by science

September 2, 2015 39

No, really. This is the actual worst one. But just for fun, let's look at the other contenders ...

Australia’s government debt? Look over there! Bill Shorten!

Australia’s government debt? Look over there! Bill Shorten!

September 1, 2015 10

There is a debt emergency! All hands to debt panic stations! Except, as freelance journalist Alan Austin explains, Australia's debt has risen the most under this very government.

How the Liberals got from ‘subsidies for sodomy’ to ‘let the people decide’

How the Liberals got from ‘subsidies for sodomy’ to ‘let the people decide’

August 13, 2015 12

Our old friend B.A. Santamaria was comfortable denouncing "aberrant sexual practices" and "sodomites" on national TV. His spiritual heirs are doing the same, if you listen closely enough.

I hope Abbott continues to block gay marriage

I hope Abbott continues to block gay marriage

August 13, 2015 14

Affording equal legal status to all does not create or even promote equal social or economic status, and the deck would still be stacked against gay people even if they were legally allowed to spend days discussing bomboniere.

Rundle: Canning is where the revolution begins

Rundle: Canning is where the revolution begins

August 11, 2015 13

Hate Abbott and live in Western Australia? Crikey's writer-at-large has a job for you.

Rundle: so much for liberalism

Rundle: so much for liberalism

August 3, 2015 23

The individual is paramount. Except when the individual screws up, in which case it is the system that is to blame.

Bishop gone: Abbott finally bows to the inevitable

Bishop gone: Abbott finally bows to the inevitable

August 2, 2015 15

Bronwyn Bishop has resigned as Speaker, long after it became clear that her position was untenable.

Tabloid print and radio fly away with Bishop scandal

Tabloid print and radio fly away with Bishop scandal

July 31, 2015 8

Bronwyn Bishop's fondness for helicopters has won her an enormous amount of media coverage, particularly in the tabloid press and on talkback.

Govt’s piracy code next to useless, says govt’s own survey

Govt’s piracy code next to useless, says govt’s own survey

July 22, 2015 8

In trying to sell its piracy legislation, the government commissioned a survey into whether it would stop piracy. Unfortunately for Malcolm Turnbull, his proposed law is not worth a hill of beans.

Poll Bludger: with Randall’s death, a real electoral test for Abbott

Poll Bludger: with Randall’s death, a real electoral test for Abbott

July 22, 2015

Don Randall held the seat of Canning by 11.8% -- but Labor could still manage a victory.

Rundle: so you think you can effect political change? Stop holding dance-offs!

Rundle: so you think you can effect political change? Stop holding dance-offs!

July 16, 2015 14

The arts community is up in arms about Brandis' announced funding cuts. But it's going about that protest all wrong. Here's what would actually work.