The ongoing fear of China, Stage 3 tax cuts (again) and the return of the Idiot King!

Welcome to New Politics! In this episode, we explore the recent incident involving the HMAS Toowoomba in the East China Sea and its repercussions on Australian politics. While the details of the incident remain unclear, the aftermath has fueled anti-China rhetoric within the media, providing the Liberal Party with another opportunity to emphasise national security concerns. Has the Australia–China relationship been damaged again, after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong have dedicated the past 18 months to repairing relations and lifting trade sanctions? We explore the delicate balance between diplomatic efforts and the persistent political tug-of-war between the Labor and Liberal parties regarding China.

Turning to domestic issues, we analyse the resurfacing debate over Stage 3 tax cuts. The familiar arguments surrounding inflation, government budget constraints, and income inequality come to the forefront. Is it a matter of affordability or political strategies from different sides of politics? We discuss the potential economic and political ramifications of implementing these tax cuts and why the Labor government is likely to implement them in full.

We also examine the latest opinion polls, revealing the Liberal–National Coalition’s lead in the two-party preferred voting, which now seems to be a trend. We navigate through the complexities of polling data, emphasising that the only poll that truly matters is the one on election day – but still, it’s a report card on how the government is travelling. We explore how populist outrage, spearheaded by figures like Peter Dutton, is shaping political discourse on issues ranging from national security to China.

Song listing:

  1. ‘Pretty Vacant’, (cover version) Sofia Allard.
  2. ‘The Honeymoon Is Over’, The Cruel Sea.
  3. ‘Praise You’, Fat Boy Slim.

Music interludes:

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