Among the stories leading our website this morning: in a shock announcement yesterday, Malcolm Turnbull said the government will replace skilled 457 visas with a new category to give Australians priority for Australian jobs. "Australians first", as he called it in a video first posted to Facebook: "Australians must have priority for Australian jobs – so we're abolishing the [class] 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into our country".
But, as Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy points out, the government really isn't abolishing anything except a title. So why is "abolish" the message the government wants to send? To genuflect to the political disruptors du jour and our collective, surly, scapegoating, political sensibilities, Murphy writes:
Australian jobs, Australia first, Australian values. Written and authorised by Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal party, Canberra #Straya #2017 #BloodyBewdyM8.
You don't have to do anything as politically crude as stand up in your parliament house courtyard and declare out, out, [politically inconvenient] foreigners, because that's implicit when you say, as the prime minister did in his Facebook video, "We are an immigration nation ...
"... But ... "
Will disaffected voters really buy Turnbull's swerve from Mr Globalisation to #StrayaFirst? Turnbull's "whiplash-inducing political transitions" are "less prime minister steering a steady ship than a magpie collecting shiny objects". Read the full piece.