It would be all too easy to dismiss the Immigration Minister as a buffoon and a fool. But to do so would be a mistake.

The beginning of the campaign was all education, healthcare, negative gearing and badly behaved banks. That’s Labor territory — so it took a far-right Abbottista to bring the conversation back to solid Coalition ground.

The Political weekly: The federal election should be held in August or September this year. If it is called for any time before that, particularly the first half of 2016, voters will have no choice than to think PM Turnbull is taking us for fools.

Given the events of the past week, it’s time to recognise some of the government’s outdated views on women.