Voters in other states should cross their fingers and hope that Gladys Berejiklian's NSW Liberal Party is returned to government for the sake of the national economy.
Yet another trade union royal commission prosecution has spectacularly collapsed. Anyone seeing a pattern here?
We now know that Michaelia Cash appointed Nigel Hadgkiss to head the ABCC even though she knew he had broken the law.
Australia's construction industry has declined for three years in a row. This has never, ever happened before.
It's building industry thugs running wild and taxpayers being ripped off as the CFMEU negotiates a pay rise for its members ... or a union doing the job its members pay it to do. You be the judge.
Pretty much the only area of the economy that has improved under Malcolm Turnbull (and, earlier, Tony Abbott) is company profits -- but even then, only for a select few companies. And those working in construction haven't been so lucky.
What is the next source for strong wages growth? Despite the fantasies of the Coalition and business, there are none on the horizon, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.
The focus on the ABCC bill now before parliament distracts from the grim reality that the government has no real economic agenda and is allowing others to drive the policy debate.