"Down the rabbit hole"

In Alice in Wonderland Alice follows a white rabbit down a deep hole. She falls slowly, wondering whether she’ll fall through to the other side of the world, to New Zealand, or Australia, where the people ‘walk with their heads downwards!’

In Parliament House, Coalition politicians kept their heads ‘downwards’, initially resisting calls for a banking royal commission. They eventually bowed to pressure and instigated one, reeling at some of the emerging evidence.

The May budget, sculpted by Treasurer (and soon to be prime minister) Scott Morrison, promoted corporate tax cuts as the solution to many problems, while the issue of Chinese donations to the major parties caused headaches on both sides of the chamber. On the Opposition benches, Labor leader Bill Shorten and his colleagues generally kept their heads down—a useful strategy for staying out of trouble.

Turnbull's Bank Lesson

Alan Moir, Fairfax Syndicated,

Cash & Co

Matt Golding, Fairfax Syndicated,

Slippery Slope

Jon Kudelka, The Australian,

Bank Fees in Perpetuity

Jim Pavlidis, Fairfax Syndicated,

The Heist

Simon Letch, Fairfax Syndicated,

Blood Ties

Andrew Dyson, Fairfax Syndicated,


Judy Horacek, Fairfax Syndicated,

Smoke and Mirrors

Mark David, Independent Australia,

Labor is All

Cathy Wilcox, Fairfax Syndicated,

Politics Now #82

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,