If Malcolm Turnbull fully supports his Deputy and Shadow Treasurer, he had an odd way of showing it yesterday in Parliament. For a long time Julie Bishop didn't rise to the Dispatch Box. Turnbull kicked off as always, then Christopher Pyne and Bruce Billson came and went. Turnbull had another go. The minutes ticked by. When was she going to get a turn? Finally, at 3.09pm, she rose to ask Wayne Swan about the budget deficit.

Strangely enough, she copped plenty from the Government side as she did so. Government MPs were rewarded with an expression that, if looks could kill, would see her up on mass murder charges.