As a parliament that will be unmourned winds down to the election, this fortnight has been the season for goodbyes from those departing (voluntarily).
Meanwhile in Canberra… politics this year has seen a series of meltdowns. Will 2019 offer respite from the chaos?
Ministers scrapping publicly over whether our embassy should be relocated is adding to the perception of government disunity and fanning the friction the issue has already caused with our neighbours, writes Michelle Grattan.
Scott Morrison, unless his prayers for a political miracle are answered, will go down as the fireman who arrived late armed only with leaky buckets to confront a building ablaze and collapsing.
It’s very hard for a crossbencher to get into the House of Representatives. But when they do, these small players can be difficult to blast out, for reasons revealed again in research carried out in the South Australian seat of Mayo this week.
What changed? The story had gone from something potentially containable to a cluster bomb damaging the whole government, and presumably feeding into the next Newspoll.