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Niki Savva is an award-winning political commentator and author. She was also a staffer to former prime minister John Howard and former treasurer Peter Costello.

Morrison’s winning ways once more on show
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Morrison’s winning ways once more on show

The Prime Minister tries to appear relaxed but is obviously not comfortable when his authority is challenged.

  • by Niki Savva

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Prayers, plots and paranoia as PM fights to rescue credibility
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Prayers, plots and paranoia as PM fights to rescue credibility

Scott Morrison’s propensity for self-inflicted wounds has not helped him in a difficult week for the leader.

  • by Niki Savva
PM employs risky strategy to win the votes of disaffected Australians
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PM employs risky strategy to win the votes of disaffected Australians

Promising to remove government from their lives will appeal to some voters, but Morrison must be careful not to alienate those in the middle.

  • by Niki Savva
Our walking, talking, weaving, wedging Prime Minister
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Our walking, talking, weaving, wedging Prime Minister

Scott Morrison has once again sought to vanish an inconvenient event, and emerge unmoved and untarnished.

  • by Niki Savva
Labor needs to swing into gear as Prime Minister feels the heat
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Labor needs to swing into gear as Prime Minister feels the heat

Labor needs to release its critical policies now Australians are emerging from the COVID cocoon and a federal election looms.

  • by Niki Savva
PM’s net zero plan driven by slogans and seats, not conversion or conviction
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PM’s net zero plan driven by slogans and seats, not conversion or conviction

Morrison has artfully switched the debate from the environment to the economy, branding his “plan” as the uniquely “Australian Way”.

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Prime Minister faces challenge to manage the enemies within
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Prime Minister faces challenge to manage the enemies within

NSW Premier Perrottet will make his own decisions then announce them as he sees fit without giving a fig if anyone’s ego is bruised in the process. If that means Morrison’s, so be it.

  • by Niki Savva
Speaker who restored respect to the House will leave a gaping hole
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Speaker who restored respect to the House will leave a gaping hole

When Tony Smith leaves the Speaker’s chair there will be a huge responsibility on future prime ministers to find someone to match him.

  • by Niki Savva
Scott Morrison farewells a ‘dear friend’ in Gladys Berejiklian
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Scott Morrison farewells a ‘dear friend’ in Gladys Berejiklian

New NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is unlikely to be as easy going, despite Morrison’s boast that they work well together.

  • by Niki Savva
Wooing the hostile beast within
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Wooing the hostile beast within

The Prime Minister has little choice but to give the Nationals what they want to secure a net zero emissions target.

  • by Niki Savva
How to lose friends and infuriate people
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How to lose friends and infuriate people

Scott Morrison had two opportunities to show leadership and political smarts this week. He torpedoed them both.

  • by Niki Savva