Topic archives: Tony Burke

Punch-drunk government now flailing at foes, real and imagined

August 16, 2017 34

Yesterday was a rare day in politics when collective common sense goes out the window and chaos takes over.

Tips and rumours

April 19, 2017 4

The cost of Paleo pear Claire ... Tony Burke begs "please like me" ... rainbow flag above board ...

Never tear us apart?

September 14, 2016

Tony Burke and Andrew Leigh try to convince ACT voters through the power of song.

Sound familiar? Tony channels Bill. 

May 3, 2016

I got you, babe.

Tips and rumours: the war on punctuation

February 4, 2016

War on punctuation. The government has announced that its biannual party of red tape reduction is no more, with assistant minister for productivity Peter Hendy saying that most of the work has already been done in repealing laws with unnecessary red tape. Labor finance spokesman Tony Burke used the announcement to send out a press release […]

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

February 4, 2016 4

Bananas in Pyjamas in parli ... don't mention Nauru ... get your smap smear ...

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

June 2, 2014 5

DFAT axes OS postings ... Turnbull v Bolt ... vote in the museum dance-off ...

Bishop a distraction for a government that needs clear air

Bishop a distraction for a government that needs clear air

March 28, 2014 16

Bronwyn Bishop isn't much worse than some Speakers of the modern era. But she's becoming a distraction for the government.

iSentia index: keep waiting for a date with Kevin

iSentia index: keep waiting for a date with Kevin

July 31, 2013

Kevin Rudd is looking mighty prime ministerial, but is still frustrating the punters with his refusal to name an election date. Meanwhile, the newspapers are still talking about Julia Gillard (who?).

Get Fact: how many asylum seekers turn up without ID?

Get Fact: how many asylum seekers turn up without ID?

July 11, 2013 16

Opposition immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison has been claiming that over 90% of asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia turn up without ID. Does that allegation hold up? Not quite ...

iSentia index: Julia who? Rudd’s comeback complete

iSentia index: Julia who? Rudd’s comeback complete

July 10, 2013

Kevin Rudd is top of the pops as he tries to end a Labor arrangement that allowed him to knife Julia Gillard and become Prime Minister.

The dirty little secret to tackling climate change

The dirty little secret to tackling climate change

April 18, 2013 68

Recent data shows that without Australia's population boom, we'd probably have greenhouse gas emissions under control. So why is no one talking about whether an Australia of 62 million is environmentally sustainable?

Post-Crean, arts shake-up begins — with winners and losers

Post-Crean, arts shake-up begins — with winners and losers

April 12, 2013 1

Simon Crean is gone, but the Gillard government is pressing on with its Australia Council reforms. It might face opposition to the decision to scrap artform-specific representation.

Why new CSG law is not the green victory it may seem

March 20, 2013 1

The government is to tweak environmental laws to apparently make it easier to block CSG projects. Academics Andrew Macintosh and Richard Denniss on why it's bad policy and won't help the environment.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

March 13, 2013 4

Don't sneer at Alan Jones -- without his long-running campaign against coal seam gas, would the issue have come to the attention of the federal government? Plus other political issues of the day.

Eddie has Labor in his grip and will carry it to its doom

February 6, 2013 34

While innocuous, Tony Burke and Stephen Conroy's contacts with Eddie Obeid symbolise how NSW Labor is likely to drag the Federal party to its doom this year.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

January 11, 2013

Tas Governor leave fire zone for holiday ... poll results on cops getting Macca's perks ... office taste test on Mello Yello ...

Approval for a devil of an issue in the Tarkine

December 19, 2012 8

The campaign is well underway to protect the Tarkine's natural and cultural heritage after approval was given this week for the Shree Minerals iron ore mine in western Tasmania. The ANU's Andrew Macintosh writes on the politics and policy.

Are we deliberately destroying the Great Barrier Reef?

Are we deliberately destroying the Great Barrier Reef?

October 5, 2012 6

We know the Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. It's time to admit that our climate policies will contribute to its ultimate destruction, argues Dr Chris McGrath.

Burke’s supertrawler call more politics than preservation

September 12, 2012 74

Despite noise in the media, the proposed operations of the Abel Tasman tick all the boxes of the fisheries and environmental regime. The decision to ban it smells a bit fishy, writes ANU's Andrew Macintosh.