Topic archives: Malcolm Turnbull

Crikey Worm: China to dominate Turnbull’s US trip

February 21, 2018

Good morning, early birds. China's international expansion program will be high on the agenda when Malcolm Turnbull meets with US officials. Plus, Australia is rocked by two sports doping scandals. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Abbott’s crusade to bring ‘democracy’ back to the Libs is misguided

February 19, 2018 12

The Warringah motion is most commonly spruiked as a way to ensure greater democracy within the Liberal Party by taking a one-member, one-vote approach to preselections. Here's the thing though ...

Joyce’s stench now clings to Turnbull

February 19, 2018 24

Malcolm Turnbull's constant backflips on Barnaby Joyce reflect the torment of having to govern with a man of massive ego and minimal ability.

‘News’ is Twitter’s job now, especially in Australia

February 19, 2018 2

Twitter is becoming the channel of choice for political news, comment, opinion, not least because Facebook is vacating the field.

Crikey Worm: 65% of Australians say Joyce should resign

February 19, 2018

Good morning, early birds. Barnaby Joyce has been condemned by Australians in the latest Newspoll. Plus, George Christensen is in the gun over a controversial social media post. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Open war erupts between Turnbull and Joyce

February 16, 2018 65

Canberra has been left stunned by Barnaby Joyce's unprecedented savaging of his own Prime Minister, which leaves the Coalition, and this government, in tatters.

Why is the government withholding letters Abbott and Turnbull sent to the Queen?

February 16, 2018 5

Like it or not, the Queen is our head of state. The public has a right to know what our leaders are discussing with her.

Tormented Turnbull had little choice on bonk ban

February 16, 2018 12

Savaged by Labor in question time yesterday and unable to sack his deputy, Malcolm Turnbull needed something big to try to kill off the Joyce scandal.

Crikey Worm: Turnbull’s bonk ban kills the mood

February 16, 2018 1

Good morning, early birds. The Prime Minister puts the pantsmen on notice with a rather dramatic captain's call. Plus, the UN again urges Australia to transfer people from dangerous and harmful conditions, as the United States prepares to take a fourth group of refugees from PNG and Nauru. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Joyce on the brink after trainwreck question time

February 15, 2018 10

Barnaby Joyce is facing the end of his political career after being comprehensively abandoned by the Prime Minister as Labor found new allegations to pursue against him.

The political cost of climate flip-flopping for fickle pollies

February 14, 2018 3

Malcolm Turnbull's position on climate change has undergone a remarkable range of gyrations. The same is true of Queensland Labor. Such flip-flopping always comes at a price.

Getting rid of Barnaby could spark a Turnbull turnaround

February 14, 2018 64

Dropping the toxic political deadweight of Barnaby Joyce is just what Malcolm Turnbull needs to finally govern properly.

‘Not his partner’: the single phrase that sums up this wretched government

February 13, 2018 69

Deciding that Barnaby Joyce's girlfriend wasn't his partner, so that Malcolm Turnbull could avoid being dragged into the Joyce affair, was the worst idea anyone's had in this incompetent government.

So that’s where all your energy money has been going!

February 9, 2018 8

AGL told the ASX yesterday that its profit had nearly doubled to $622 million from $325 million a year earlier.

Crikey Worm: COAG meets to discuss compensation for child abuse survivors

February 9, 2018

Good morning, early birds. The Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) meets today to discuss, inter alia, compensation for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Plus, is it even possible to "tonify" one's kidney essence? The TPA comes under fire for allegedly loose labelling practices on vitamin products. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Rundle: Turnbull is the most contemptible modern prime minister we’ve had

February 7, 2018 78

Everything Turnbull does now produces the sort of contempt one feels for someone living out an imaginary life on our time.

Crikey Worm: Melbourne Lord Mayor resigns following harassment claims

February 5, 2018 1

Good morning, early birds. The embattled Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has quit. Plus, finally, some good news for the PM in the polls. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Is this the most repressive government in our history?

February 2, 2018 33

The controversy over its foreign donation and foreign interference proposals confirms that this "Liberal" government is the most authoritarian in decades.

Crikey Worm: ASIO raids the ABC over leaked cabinet docs

February 1, 2018 1

Good morning, early birds. The Prime Minister will deliver a very business-friendly speech today in what sounds an awful lot like a campaign speech. Plus, ASIO raids the ABC. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

From Mediscare to the TPP, lies create trust-resistant political environment

January 30, 2018 9

Our political environment is becoming ever more polluted with lies about major policy issues, undermining already low levels of voter trust.