Just in case you thought 2018 was going to be significantly different to 2017 for the Turnbull government -- new year, new us etc -- the leaks have already started. Yesterday the ABC got a cabinet document canvassing a range of Abbott-era welfare reform options including ritually sacrificing cutting benefits off to young unemployed people altogether, until Kevin Andrews suggested it might be going a bit far.

Today it's a document about then-Immigration Minister Scott Morrison asking ASIO that they go slow on processing security clearances for asylum seekers so more could be kept out of Australia. Oddly, there's no talk of calling in the Federal Police to pursue this serious breach of cabinet confidentiality.