MT by Andrew Meares, SMH

Weekly column for The New Daily. Image credit: Andrew Meares, SMH

The biggest question mark of the week hangs over Australia’s populist conservatives who’ve been emboldened by the angry white wave of disgruntlement that swept Donald Trump into office.

Malcolm Turnbull has begun to test the nerve of his party’s hard right by speaking out on issues such as public transport, same-sex marriage and budget measures. And he’s already facing some resistance.

The Political Weekly: our politicians gave voters whiplash as breathtaking displays of political acrobatics and pratfalls competed for our attention.

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

The Political Weekly: There was a new Speaker but the parliamentary rabble was back to its rowdy best.

The Political Weekly: The PM can’t shake Choppergate, while Labor continues to refuse to implode, rather unhelpfully.