It was probably unthinkable both in Singapore and Australia, even five years ago, that the wealthy south-east Asian city state would be preparing, quite publicly, to send 14,000 troops each year to northern Australia for 18 weeks of training -- and spend a cool $2 billion doing it.

Remarkably, the deal has created the federal election’s first superstar (at least in her own lunchtime), in the shape of Michelle Landry, the Liberal National Party member for Capricornia and a self-described “$1 billion woman”.