Mar 1, 2018

While we obsess over scandal, what’s happening on policy?

While the governing class examines its own navel for scandal, what's happening on the most important policy issues?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

With our political class, and much of the media, obsessed with scandals and personalities in Canberra, what's happening with the issues that affect real Australians outside the Canberra bubble, which aren't receiving substantial coverage because scandals are dominating the media cycle? We've gone through the biggest policy issues facing Australia to check what the government's doing and how much coverage it's received.

Employment: The big success story of the Turnbull government: massive jobs growth well ahead of anything seen in recent years, enough to drive unemployment down to 5.5% while participation remains in the healthy mid-65% range. Much of the growth is coming from state government health and education spending, which also means stronger jobs growth for women. The government has struggled to get its message across on this (as on everything else) but represents its best achievement.

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