Scott Morrison will be flat out holding his team together – never mind those unruly Nats – until parliament finally rises next week

As weeks before federal budgets go, this one has been strange, in that the budget has barely featured. Normally we’d all be banging on about what is in or out, but everything is too off the rails for the budget to get much of a look-in.

The bizarre saga of One Nation and the unseemly hunt for money from the American gun lobby, followed by Pauline Hanson’s predictably Trumpian response – where the fake protest party responded by screeching about fake news, spies, Islamists and Ita Buttrose – at least had the upside, from Scott Morrison’s perspective, of drowning out fresh instalments of the Coalition’s legacy wars that ran daily on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald, or the other rolling internal fights.

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