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Your honeymoon is over, PM: it's time to fill the policy vacuum

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11.09.2019

When is serious government going to start in this country? I understand that Morrison was afforded a reasonable holiday period, with minimal scrutiny, to celebrate his "miracle" win. This has included several overseas trips to press the flesh with other leaders, even though these have made little headway on major global and regional challenges.

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But it is now more than six years since the Coalition came to power, during which time Australians have had to endure the disruption and distraction of three Liberal prime ministers. Scott Morrison has been Prime Minister for more than a year. By any objective assessment, you could hardly claim it has been a period of genuine, evidence-based, policy development or implementation.

Far too much has been accredited to Morrison’s miracle, in his terms, that he was able to tap the values of the so-called “quiet Australians”. From my US experience, this language has unfortunate echoes of the “silent majority” that Richard Nixon claimed swung behind him after the Kennedy/Johnson years.

But how much of Morrison's win was driven by values or policy difference rather than a very skillful, slogan-based marketing campaign against an unfortunate opponent, Bill Shorten, who was almost universally disliked and not........

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