Australia is buggered, and not just because our political system is a fetid pool of toxic waste. Our economy is heading for the same stormy waters, writes Ian McAuley. And with that in mind, here’s some free advice for Malcolm Turnbull. Dear Malcolm, That was a sobering near-death experience last Saturday night. You and Lucy mustMore
Malcolm Turnbull's on rocky ground even while he pitches stability
He mouths support for gay marriage, then proposes a plebiscite that will likely fail. He once crossed the floor on climate change, but now he holds to a policy-vacuum shaped by backroom sceptics and deniers. Two years ago, on UK television, he described Abbott's stop-the-boats policies as "harsh measures … some would say they're cruel…" Now he backs Peter Dutton's "illiterate and innumerate" comments as "outstanding". He once (in Spycatcher days) stood for civic conscience and free speech…
New research by the Australia Institute reveals that across a broad range of economic measures, the Abbott/Turnbull government has performed the worst of any Australian government since Menzies took power in 1949. The institute’s paper also notes that historically there is little correlation between “business friendly” policies and economic performance.