Lack of judgment was the recurring theme of a strange, brutal, chaotic, dumpster fire of a parliamentary fortnight

It looks like a small thing to stub your toe against, but let’s start here. A number of significant people said goodbye to politics over this past week – two former deputy prime ministers, the first Australian woman to be appointed deputy leader of a major Australian political party, Australia’s youngest female cabinet minister.

Substantial people. Julie Bishop, Wayne Swan, Jenny Macklin, Kelly O’Dwyer. Bishop’s mode of departure, with a statement on spec just after question time, ensured a captive audience, but the government roll-up for Swan and Macklin was paltry to put it mildly, and O’Dwyer’s guard of honour took time to reach critical mass.

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