In a year’s time, if it has put the stench of one of the most inept campaigns in Australian political history behind it, Labor may be empowered to ask some pointed questions – and possibly dream of a reversal in its fortunes.
It may even be in a position to “burn’’ Morrison politically, if not biblically.
Naturally, Labor’s shock loss has left the party reeling. But Scott Morrison, too, should heed the warning it sends for his party’s third term.
Morrison has no policy to control electricity prices, no convincing policy on climate change, no policy to halt the rising cost of health insurance, no policy response to any downturn in the economy, no solution to “cost of living pressures” and no plan to increase wages except yet more waiting.
The day may come when he decides winning the election was the easy bit.
It is an odd party that so loudly proclaims it will form government, yet has fewer detail in its policies than many other independent candidates.
Strange too, that Palmer’s candidates reportedly have to pay back their high advertising costs should they win a seat, but desert the party.