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Keep it PG: A political wish list for 2019

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As we desperately try to shake off the memory of 2018, one can't help but wonder what joys await in this frenetic election year.

Ask and you shall receive, they say, though I'm starting to have my doubts. Santa didn't bring me anything I wanted, and I'm not sure who you would approach for a political wish list - the ghost of Henry Parkes?

But here are 10 things I'd like to see - and stop seeing - in Australian politics in 2019.

Is it time for ScoMo to retire in favour of something just a little more statesmanlike. Credit:Dan Peled

A graceful retirement for 'ScoMo'

The PM's tribute-cum-caricature to all-out-Aussieness differentiated him rather acutely from his Point Piper predecessor. But now that we all know Scott Morrison likes a beer and a pie, maybe we can ditch the baseball caps and college jock antics in favour of something just a little more statesmanlike. Summer doesn't last forever and neither should this charade.

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Can we make this the year of living review-lessly? Here is what I would do if I were running the joint and came across a pressing problem - say, whether to allow pill testing at music festivals - to which people have already dedicated countless years of research. Dedicate a whole day in Canberra, or wherever, to meet the experts. Have them debate each other. Make a decision on the spot or at the next cabinet........

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