Charles Pier

The Bureau of Statistics bells the cat on lockdown and jobs

14 October 2021 1:01 pm

Today’s unemployment figures give a picture-perfect snapshot of the impact of lockdown on jobs. The unemployment rate increased to 4.6%,…

Gladys goes. Will the NSW government?

1 October 2021 1:50 pm

How Gladys Berejiklian has fallen. It’s been just five months from her The woman who saved Australia front page of the…

Daniel Andrews gets the wooden spoon

29 September 2021 4:50 pm

It’s been a big week for Daniel Andrews. He has revealed that his “roadmap” out of lockdown is as reliable…

New polling: Australians say fire up the nukes

28 September 2021 3:47 pm

This is one of those bonus weeks for poll wonks when we get a Newspoll on Monday and the fortnightly…

The really worrying news in Newspoll for Scott Morrison

27 September 2021 2:05 pm

Reporting on today’s Newspoll has focussed on seat outcomes, a bit of a mug’s game as it assumes equal swings…

Orthodox Church attacks Gladys and Dan

15 September 2021 4:26 pm

On a day where one particular faith has been targeted in unprecedented ways, with residents in Melbourne’s “Bagel Belt” taking…

Thirty per cent of Coalition voters question if ScoMo deserves another win

31 August 2021 4:16 pm

The fortnightly Essential Poll is out today, eclipsed (as it all too often is) by the Monday Newspoll, despite showing…

Cowardly Lions: Labor lets through the Coalition’s shameful electoral laws

26 August 2021 6:37 pm

Today, Labor waved the Coalition’s cowardly electoral laws described in these pages 11 days ago designed to strangle smaller parties…

$1 million per month: more secret costs of vaccine failure

17 August 2021 6:37 pm

The Innovation Australia website has another cracking story. What’s the reward for the government’s vaccine rollout failure? A million dollars…

Who have we left behind, Dutton?

16 August 2021 2:34 pm

Just over four weeks ago, Defence Minister Peter Dutton told Sky News Australia of the importance of “getting the balance…

Elephants afraid of mice: how Coalition cowards plan to legislate against the Liberal Democrats

15 August 2021 2:16 pm

Australia’s electoral system has been designed by politicians for politicians, gently tweaked — usually with the support of both the…

Wham, bam, thank you Dan! Welcome to Lockdown VI

5 August 2021 5:08 pm

Victorians are about to plunge into Lockdown VI. Lockdowns are like The Fast and the Furious series of films. The…

No Newspoll? Don’t worry, political junkies. You can still get your Essential fix

3 August 2021 12:40 pm

Political junkies hanging out for a Newspoll yesterday or today have been disappointed, but won’t need to go completely cold…

Campbell Newman: can Can Do do it?

26 July 2021 5:04 pm

Let’s open with a trivia question: which Royal Military College Duntroon colleague did Campbell Newman act as best man to? The…

We have become Pavlov’s dogs – or Mark McGowan’s and Dan Andrews’, anyway

21 July 2021 5:00 pm

Just mention lockdown and a certain type of Australian starts salivating — Victorians and Western Australians. That’s one of the…

New polling: the emperor has no clothes

20 July 2021 2:37 pm

It’s official — or as official as it can be. The emperor — the Prime Minister, actually — has no…

The only two figures you need to know in Newspoll today

19 July 2021 6:24 pm

One fascinating figure is missing from today’s Newspoll – the margin of error. As a quick glance at the table…

The real victim of Kev's korona kraziness?

13 July 2021 5:22 pm

As the story of Kevin Rudd’s Pfizer pfuckwittery keeps rolling along, no one seems to have stopped to ask who…

A friendly reminder: Anthony Albanese is completely bloody useless

5 July 2021 12:00 pm

After last Monday night’s AstraZeneca slip of the tongue announcement, Scott Morrison simply vanished for three days until National Cabinet…

What did a poobah of public health just say?

30 June 2021 11:57 am

Excuse me? Excuse me? What did Queensland’s poobah of public health (and governor to be) Jeannette Young say today? Really…

Jacinta Price: now for the real challenges

27 June 2021 2:57 pm

Jacinta Price has won the top spot on the Country Liberal Party’s Senate house ticket and, if usual electoral patterns…

How we’re pushing the off button on China

22 June 2021 12:39 pm

Another Tuesday, another Essential Poll — one that has some fascinating insights on how we’ve cooled on China. Australians, it…

Barnstormer

21 June 2021 12:56 pm

Scholars of the classics will remember that quote from This Is Spın̈al Tap: “It’s such a fine line between stupid…

Are we resigned to an early election?

15 June 2021 4:31 pm

After talk of an early election began in earnest in late January, polling suggested a majority of Australians were opposed…

Scott Morrison stands for nothing – and his kitchen cabinet thinks it’s great

7 June 2021 6:04 pm

The Spec Oz has been warning about this. Now it’s official. Scott Morrison stands for nothing. The Sun-Herald and Sunday…