The AFP raids were a flashpoint for progressives who are increasingly unhappy with Malcolm Turnbull. But while they may be punishing him in the polling, many other voters would have been left nonplussed by the events of last week.

The Political Weekly: Voters are more likely to believe a politician if they say something negative about their opponent than if they say something positive about themselves.

The Political Weekly: Coalition in-fighting, Julie Bishop’s tactical move and cries of racism.

The Political Weekly: Gamesmanship on terror, half-baked slogans and a rookie PR blunder.

The pact of secrecy that allows politicians to use journalists for political means, and rewards those journalists for being little more than a cipher, does not strengthen democracy – as Laurie Oakes suggests – but belittles it.