A jaded electorate is sick of politicians looking after mates rather than them. But Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton seem to promise even more of that, not less.
The comprehensive failings of the insurance industry on display in the financial services royal commission demonstrate the need for much harsher penalties.
The trouble Roman Quaedvlieg is causing for his former political master is testament to why it's a good idea to look after public servants you want to dump.
The collapse of the Liberal Party vote in the NSW state seat of Wagga illustrates how the federal Liberals' leadership madness could destroy a well-performing but poorly led NSW government.
The idea of Malcolm Turnbull as a true reformist leader never became reality. Seeking to govern from the centre, he ended up alienating everyone.
Turnbull presided over booming employment and a lift in economic growth, but failure to act on wage stagnation will leave a tarnished legacy.
Scott Morrison's attempt to explain his core beliefs to voters leaves one wondering if there's anything more to him than a suburban dad happiest heading to church.
For this government, those deemed enemies face the full force of the law. For mates, it's a very different story.
Australians are digging deeper and deeper into their savings to fund a modest rate of economic growth. This is no "boom".
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