Peter van Onselen

Peter van Onselen


Political Editor, Network Ten Professor of Politics at UWA & GU Contributing Editor, The Australian

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Correction - Shemara is a woman...so 15 men, one woman, not all blokes. Praise be the lord 🎉

Joining the ABC Insiders panel for the final show of the year in roughly 10 minutes... #auspol 

I know that Qantas has been having trouble with the wings on their 737s but I’m still surprised to see electrical tape holding them together... 🤷‍♂️

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Yesterday’s poll suggested the PM is both arrogant AND liked....what does that mean? @australian  #auspol 

PMO are very keen to ensure journalists are aware of the PM’s previous comments acknowledging the link between climate change and bushfires - in light of Matt Kean’s comments today. I wonder if they are ensuring the likes of Jones, Bolt et al are aware as well... 🤔 #auspol 

Excellent. Let’s all keep asking when not given answers. Both sides. Politicians not answering questions hoping the dogs bark but the caravan moves on is not good enough...

There’s two words you don’t often see together...

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Was just at the Westpac AGM....plenty of unimpressed shareholders that’s for sure! See some of them on @10NewsFirst  tonight and read about why they are right to be angry in my column in the Weekend@australian  #auspol 

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This is how our then PM described asylum seekers when trying to convince Donald Trump to take them. Now that Labor wants them to come here for medical treatment our now PM says they are rapists, child molesters and murderers 🤔 Square that circle ladies and gentlemen.... #auspol 

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That Nats staffer who abused a journalist with foul language, also saying he hopes her family gets cancer: 1/ hasn't been sacked, 2/ is on PAID leave, 3/ gets a big payout if he stays until the election, 4/ the PM doesn't have the authority to force a sacking. What a joke...

So rates have come down to a new historic low, because economic growth is weaker than expected and wages are depressed and investment is sluggish and unemployment is too high. Throw in government debt doubling in the last six years and that’s quite a record....

JOURNALIST: Should Clive Palmer, given he’s spending $50 million in advertising, pay the $70 million back to the Commonwealth plus the $7 million he owes to workers? PRIME MINISTER: Clive Palmer is making his own statements on those matters.

This is without a doubt the funniest thing I’ve seen this election campaign....daylight second. #auspol 

It looks like our PM doesn’t understand what secondary boycotts actually are within the industrial relations system...or he is deliberately misusing the term to try and outlaw consumers making choices I would have thought are their absolute right... 🙄

Announcing the opening of the Christmas Island detention centre in anticipation of more boat arrivals is only slightly less of a signal to people smugglers than sending them boats to use to start the trade again. #irresponsible 

Protesting is an important part of any democracy. While I often disagree with the issues being protested about, and the actions of some protestors, ministers & a PM saying protests aren't appropriate ways to voice opinions shows a profound lack of understanding about democracy.

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