Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison speaks to journalists at the 2018 ASEAN Summit in Singapore (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

No wonder Australians are disaffected about politics, especially in the two largest states. In Victoria, voters shortly face an election between a Labor government that regularly forfeits its judgment and is a plaything of factional pissants, and an opposition with alarming ties to organised crime and infested with religious extremists. In NSW, the choice is between the single most corrupt political party in Australian history, which has just lost another leader in the most sordid of circumstances, and a competent, decent premier whose party appears hellbent on tearing itself apart over factional games and electorate merry-go-rounds.

And then there's Canberra.

This was the week in which it became clear that the Morrison government is simply not up to the job of running the country. An "L-plate minister" was the phrase one former frontbencher used to deride Melissa Price, but the L-plate was better applied to the entire clown-car government.