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The Cut That Dare Not Speak Its Name
17 February 2022

The Cut That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Recent calls for Scott Morrison to commit to tax reform are well made. But given his and his government’s track record, it might be best to leave the task to someone else. Given how the PM somehow allowed his efforts at ensuring religious freedom to turn into a debate about whether schools can expel students who are gay, it can only be
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How the Liberals have found their inner Kevin
3 February 2022

How the Liberals have found their inner Kevin

Whether there’s now much difference between the Liberals and the ALP is a constant topic of conversation among the members of each party. Liberals ask how a $1 trillion of debt and a commitment to net zero emissions is different from anything Labor would do, while ALP members question whether there is any point to a future Labor government if
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PM Seeks The Credit, So Cops The Blame
20 January 2022

PM Seeks The Credit, So Cops The Blame

The problem with running a one-man government is there in the descriptor. All the credit is yours and so is the blame. Scott Morrison won the 2019 federal election for the Coalition single-handedly. Because history doesn’t allow you to test alternatives, we will never know whether he was the only person who could have led the Coalition to victory, but he and
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Path Ahead For WA Liberals Could Lead To Reform Or Revenge – The Choice Is The Party’s
26 March 2021

Path Ahead For WA Liberals Could Lead To Reform Or Revenge – The Choice Is The Party’s

Dr Sherry Sufi is Chairman of the WA Liberal Party’s Policy Committee. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. His PhD was on language and nationalism. The opinions expressed here are his own. What lies ahead for the WA Liberal Party can either be a road to redemption, or recrimination. It could either lead to reform,
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Haunted By The Miserable Ghost
2 December 2019

Haunted By The Miserable Ghost

I still think back to that night in mid-May this year: scrutineering in some far-flung warehouse in suburban Melbourne, running down my phone battery to check seat-by-seat results, as it dawned on us that – seemingly against the laws of political gravity – Scott Morrison had pulled it off. Nobody had loathed Morrison’s predecessor more than I had, but even
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The Liberals Tax Themselves Out Of Office
5 April 2019

The Liberals Tax Themselves Out Of Office

If it had spent its 5½ years in government delivering budgets like the one on Tuesday, the Coalition wouldn’t be in the position it’s in. The likelihood is the Coalition will lose next month’s federal election to a Labor opposition that’s promising higher taxes, bigger government, and more regulation. It’s a lot easier arguing against tax increases when you’re not
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Turnbull’s Act Of Woeful Hypocrisy
4 December 2018

Turnbull’s Act Of Woeful Hypocrisy

It is disappointing that Malcolm Turnbull appears to be taking part in the same headline-grabbing antics for which he has criticised others. When his efforts to get clean air and run with a political narrative were disrupted by an intervention by Tony Abbott, prime minister Turnbull and his supporters were rightly frustrated and would blame his conservative rival for many
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Goodbye Old Blue-Ribbons, Hello New Heartland
12 November 2018

Goodbye Old Blue-Ribbons, Hello New Heartland

The Liberal Party’s dramatic loss in the Wentworth by-election last month reveals an irreconcilable philosophical divide within the Party. Self-styled “moderates” within the Party are the first to write history, claiming a more credible stance on addressing climate change is required for the Liberals to hold seats such as Wentworth. They are right. The proportion of left-leaning voters in seats
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The Liberal’s Church Without A Pontiff
2 November 2018

The Liberal’s Church Without A Pontiff

Two weeks on, the Wentworth byelection result continues to be the Rorschach test of Australian politics in 2018. Pundits and politicians are interpreting the outcome to mean whatever they want it to mean. The loss of what was assumed to be a safe Liberal seat has been taken by left-leaning Liberal MPs to mean their party must “do more” on climate change for example, while
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Gender Quotas Are Simply UnLiberal
21 September 2018

Gender Quotas Are Simply UnLiberal

The story of Scott Morrison since he became Prime Minister a few weeks ago is very much the story of a boss in the modern-day Australian workplace. On one hand Morrison is attempting to do his best in the face of an external threat – the Labor Party – to his business. Meanwhile, he has the internal challenge of managing a team
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