It’s still early days in the election, but supporters say PM’s capacity to work across factions has helped him steady what was a sinking ship

Sitting at the front bar of Molly Malone’s Irish pub in Devonport, Tasmania, Scott Morrison is at ease. He is talking to Mac Jago, a worker at Cement Australia, one of the north-west’s big employers. The pair sink a couple of Boag’s ales, and make small talk.

“We had a pretty decent chat, normal stuff, as you do,” Jago tells Guardian Australia. “Footy, my girlfriend, his missus. He seemed like not a bad bloke.”

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