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Morrison's rare opportunity to shape the country

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Scott Morrison has won much more than an election. He has given himself a rare opportunity to craft an agenda for a new government and a vision for a continent.

He didn't take much of an agenda to the election, so he can start a new term with pretty much a blank page. His campaign was mostly a demolition of Labor, and not much creation.

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Morrison's campaign tool of choice was the hammer and he wielded it relentlessly against Labor. By contrast, Bill Shorten carried around an Ikea flat pack of policy, assembly required. He'd take out his Allen key and start to fit all the pieces together as Morrison smashed away.

Shorten's handiwork is in ruins; Morrison's building project is just beginning, should he wish to use it.

Better yet, the Liberals' civil war is over. The chieftains of the opposing tribes that bedevilled the Liberal party for the past six years have left the arena. Malcolm Turnbull retired from Parliament last year; Tony Abbott was retired last weekend.

And, after his "miracle win", as he put it, Morrison's stature and authority in the party is enhanced.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, arriving for church on Sunday with wife Jenny, has enhanced his authority in the party.Credit:AAP

He turned around a three-year Labor poll advantage to snatch victory from the jaws of........

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