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.

Is Tony Abbott safeguarding his legacy, defending conservative principle, or swinging a wrecking ball through the Turnbull government? Whatever the reason, the result might be the same.

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.

As the Labor left discovered at the party’s conference this weekend, it’s much easier to advance progressive policies while in a successful government than it is in a barely-trusted opposition.