Scott Morrison
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Don't answer questions, attack the media's integrity and divert attack towards others: this is the Trump playbook. And, since Scott Morrison has come back from his US tour full of Trump talking points on China, climate and national sovereignty, it's something to be increasingly wary of.

Here’s Australia thrust into Trump’s reality politics; adapting to Trumpian media practices, with US policies pushing their way into our own world. This apparent shift forces the Australian media to follow their US colleagues in asking: how do we deal with this?

Morrison has long echoed Trumpian semiotics -- the two-thumbs up, the jaw-jutting certainty to reinforce declaratory statements etc. For journalists it’s been too easy to put it all in Morrison’s bag of suburban dad schtick.