Studio audience correctly calls debate for Shorten for laying out a vision, but the unusual format made for awkward moments
It seems a bit ludicrous, superfluous even, to pick a winner of the first televised debate of the 2019 campaign, because the over-engineered format mugged everything.
It was beyond terrible. Three hosts. Two party leaders, shown in split screen, never off camera. Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten didn’t know what to do with their faces when their opponent was speaking, so Morrison smirked and Shorten grinned.