The way the triple hit on the Labor leader, GetUp and the AWU turned from triumph to farce underscores why the warriors in the government bunker have sound reasons to be worried

If we step back from the controversy surrounding the tip-off of the police raids on the Australian Workers’ Union, this was a revealing week in federal politics. To understand why it was revealing, we need to mute the shouting and examine what is actually going on.

Let’s start by mapping out the current political contest, the pure politics theatre – leader versus leader, and the battle to secure the number of seats required to form a government.

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