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Scott Morrison understands normal people want a boring government

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Let’s raise two cheers for boring government. For the first time in nearly a decade we are heading towards the end of the year without speculating whether the Prime Minister will survive until Christmas.

And that is a good thing.

One of the perversions of reporting is that any good day for journalism is usually a bad one for many other people. Catastrophic floods, fires, massacres, corruption, bastardry, ineptitude and high political farce or drama fill news bulletins and column inches but they aren’t something any half-sensible citizen actually desires.


Waking to a bright sunny day and making your way to its end without accident or incident is actually the heartfelt wish of the sane. Happily, for most of its time since Federation, Australia has been among the most boring nations on earth, which is why so many people from more interesting places are desperate to flee here.

Consider the relative fortunes of Australia and Argentina since 1900. Then both were among the most prosperous countries of the world, were resource rich and had almost identical wealth per person. They continued along much the same path until 1930, when the South American nation suffered the first of its five coups.

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