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.

Wages growth: The key economic failure of the government as it has wrestled with the same problem besetting other Western economies: low unemployment and low wages growth. No policy solutions are on offer beyond corporate tax cuts and continuing funding for health and education, where the biggest wage rises are happening. Plenty of media coverage though...