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Two different tactics from Morrison, Albanese but each has the same goal

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When people express shock at the Liberal Party’s election victory it’s usually about one of three things. The polls were bad. Division was deep. There was no policy.

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Less often mentioned is the deluge of scandal. It felt, at times, as though the government was racing through a list, determined not to repeat itself. Helicopter fiasco - tick. Sugar baby revelations - tick. Using taxpayer-funded flights to hunt for Gold Coast real estate, inappropriate behaviour in a Hong Kong bar, collect the set! And that’s just the resignations. Barnababy, the Great Barrier Reef, and after all this time I’m still not sure whether anyone figured out the go with the au pairs.

At the election none of this mattered. You can put that down to several things. One was the strange sense that this middle-aged government felt like it was just starting out. The departure of old hands helped, but mostly this was a tribute to the force of Scott Morrison’s personality.


A notable thing about the current contest in federal politics is that it is between two leaders, Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese, who, on the face of it, bear similarities. Two Sydneysiders, avowed rugby league men, white, robust, similar age, with the belief – possibly well-founded – that they have a pretty good bead on the way Australians see things. It’s........

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