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For those inside the smoke-filled Canberra bubble, one of the more perplexing aspects of the government's shocking response to the bushfire crisis has been the ineptitude of both Scott Morrison himself and his office.

Regardless of what you think of his policies -- or, mostly, lack thereof -- Scott Morrison has shown himself to be a formidable political tactician. The contrast with Malcolm Turnbull was immediately apparent in 2018: Morrison was far more nimble, far quicker to respond to threats and opportunities in the political cycle. Where Turnbull and his office were inclined to let issues fester, Morrison would move much more quickly to, usually, the same destination Turnbull would have been dragged to.

One of Labor's failings last year was to understand just how different a political beast their new opponent was, and he made them pay in spades.