With an overwhelming expectation of Labor victory at the next election, "union bred, fed and led" Bill Shorten, as Scott Morrison likes to call him, needs to make it clear how he would work with the union movement and where his industrial relations policies lie, writes Michelle Grattan.
After an excruciating two weeks, with a trouncing in Victoria, a Liberal defection, Malcolm Turnbull's provocations and an impasse with Labor, Scott Morrison retires to enjoy his first — and likely last — Christmas at Kirribilli, writes Michelle Grattan.
Turnbull's observations on energy policy provided abundant material for a question time attack by Labor bloated from dining on the unending manna that's been flowing from political heaven, writes Michelle Grattan.
When Labor tried have the Parliament condemn the Government this week, the four women of the crossbench abstained. In doing so they gave Scott Morrison salve for a black eye inflicted earlier by their newest member, and banked some credit for use later on, writes Michelle Grattan.
The Coalition dubbed Labor's promise this week to subsidise batteries for households "pink batts to pink batteries", seeking to trigger memories of a fatal Rudd policy, proving Scott Morrison's a much better negative campaigner than Malcolm Turnbull ever was, writes Michelle Grattan.
The Jerusalem question, a religious freedom report, and an inquiry into free speech at universities: Scott Morrison's political predicaments echo those of Billy McMahon, where "for every achievement and move towards new policy there was another fight, another muddle, another problem that should never have been cause for concern", writes Michelle Grattan.
The widespread feeling that the Morrison Government is doomed will only be reinforced by this week's outbreak of hostilities between the former and current prime ministers, writes Michelle Grattan.
Julia Gillard is being viewed more favourably in retrospect, owing largely to her having set up the sex abuse royal commission, writes Michelle Grattan. So how will the legacies of this Government's three prime ministers be seen?
For Scott Morrison, as much as bringing him new problems, Wentworth has put up in lights the ones that were already there, writes Michelle Grattan.
It's increasingly obvious that as Prime Minister, Scott Morrison will do whatever he thinks it takes — and plumb some dubious depths — to serve his immediate purposes, writes Michelle Grattan.