Parliament's back in session, and much to the surprise/delight/slight disappointment of the gallery and interested observers, it seems to be proceeding in an orderly fashion.

As Geoff Kitney wrote in The Australian Financial Review this morning: "No one looking on could help but notice that order has replaced chaos in federal parliament. And while it is obviously unwise to make too much of it yet, a fair portion of the credit for this should go to the new speaker, Peter Slipper ..."