If he had forewarned Turnbull, Hastie – who is head of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security - would have been firmly ordered to button his lips.
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is confident their candidates will win back their seats and is gearing up for the ALP's National Conference in late July.
The government has a lot of work to do on it's proposed foreign influence and official secrets laws to ensure they don't prosecute whistleblowers.
The foundation initially seemed well-suited for cleaning up Bill Clinton's legacy after the Monica Lewinsky scandal's ugliness. That's no longer true.
Bill Shorten has forced Labor senator Sam Dastyari to quit as opposition deputy whip in the Senate.