Whether we get down to the truth of the matter may well come down to what the public expects from its politicians.
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The Coalition is desperate to pretend it hasn't been engaged in race-baiting and Islamophobia for two decades — but it is now deeply embedded in the way its MPs communicate.
Wages growth has surged onto the election agenda and the Coalition and business are visibly at a loss about how to respond to Labor's offensive.
The Liberal Party periodically debates its lack of diversity, but seems to prefer women would shut up if they're going to cause trouble.
A handful of Liberals are standing by the traditions of their party and helping defeat efforts to use the marriage equality bill to expand discrimination.
Having failed to make her mark on the Solicitor-General in a recent committee hearing, a Liberal senator tried and failed to have a post-stoush swing at Justin Gleeson.