Good morning, early birds. An Ethiopian Airlines flight has crashed leaving 157 people dead, plus the government cracks 50 bad Newspolls. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Scott Morrison is trying to find the right balance between his dual image as a devout Christian, and a daggy but relatable suburban dad.
Scott Morrison is moving much faster to deal with crises than Malcolm Turnbull — but the problem for the Liberals is that crises keep erupting.
But it's probably the result of occupational hazard.
Good morning, early birds. The Coalition enjoys a mild boost in the polls since its immediate post-Libspill plunge. Plus, an SAS soldier receives threats for assisting a war crime inquiry. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
The Liberal leadership spill has proven to be disastrous for polling numbers. What, then, was the point?
The idea that preferred prime minister is a useful polling indicator is hard to kill, but the government is much better placed than it was earlier this year.
While warring poll numbers cast doubt on voter's love for the Coalition, there are signs that Malcolm Turnbull may soon have a reason to await his preferred leader polls with hope rather than dread.
Since 2007, a working majority of the population has been centre-left shifted, and the Coalition has repeatedly failed to grasp that fact.
It's not just self-regard that caused Malcolm Turnbull to come unstuck on this persistent Newspoll commentary. He has also been the victim of unusually stable polling results.