Alan Kohler: What the nuclear submarines deal is really all about

A day after Australia, the US and UK launched a new anti-China military alliance, global sharemarkets had a conniption because of an insolvent Chinese company. Is there a connection? Well yes, sort of. Markets are worried that a heavily indebted Chinese real estate firm named Evergrande will be another Lehman Brothers. The property downturn in … Read more

Michael Pascoe: And now Iran is threatening us, claims Acting PM

Insights can sometimes come from the most surprising sources. For example, a Barnaby Joyce press conference. Scott Morrison was barely airborne on Monday when the Acting Prime Minister fronted the media, ostensibly to spruik the Nationals’ Inland Rail boondoggle, a topic about which he did not receive a single question. But among the obvious concentration … Read more

View from The Hill: Scott Morrison and Emmanuel Macron need to talk

After mishandling its cancellation of the French submarines contract, the Morrison government is making things worse by suggesting the French really must have, or should have, known what was coming. As Labor keeps saying on the domestic front, Scott Morrison doesn’t like admitting mistakes. Instead of accepting the government blundered diplomatically by not giving France … Read more

PM lands in New York ahead of packed itinerary

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has landed in the US for meetings ahead of the first face-to-face Quad leaders’ summit. Mr Morrison’s RAAF jet touched down at John F Kennedy international airport in New York about 8am Australian time on Tuesday, after travelling from Sydney via Hawaii on Monday. “I’m very pleased to be here in … Read more

Michael Pascoe: Who sold the nuclear submarines – and our sovereignty?

Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine policy was not an immaculate conception. Put another way, submarines are not just bought – they are also sold. Coverage of our botched and bungled defence spending – culminating as it has in multiple diplomatic failures, writing off billions of dollars on French submarines and announcing open cheques for British and American … Read more

ALP leads Coalition 53-47 in latest Newspoll as minor parties gain ground

Labor has retained a 53-47 lead in the latest Newspoll, as minor parties continue to make gains with prospective voters. The exclusive survey conducted for The Australian newspaper found Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese losing ground in personal approval ratings. Approval for Mr Morrison dropped to its lowest level since the 2020 … Read more

Dutton: Australia could lease nuke subs until ours are built

The federal government is prepared to lease nuclear submarines from the US while its own fleet is being built, Defence Minister Peter Dutton says. Last week, Australia entered into a surprise regional security pact with the US and the UK, known as AUKUS, which includes building US nuclear submarines but these will not be ready … Read more