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Bridget McKenzie’s political future could be determined by Scott Morrison’s inquiry into whether she breached ministerial standards. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Bridget McKenzie has made herself a sitting duck

The damaging longer-term risk for Prime Minister Scott Morrison is that some people have re-thought their view of him over the sports grants saga and his missteps in handling the bushfires.
When polling resumes after the summer, Scott Morrison may be surprised by the public’s assessment of his government’s handling of the bushfires. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Bushfires won’t change climate policy overnight. But Morrison can shift the Coalition without losing face

There is an obvious point upon which the LNP, Labor and Greens might agree to move policy forward: the national ‘cap and trade’ emissions trading system proposed by John Howard in 2007.
Morrison has been too timorous to take the tough decisions needed to prepare for the bushfire season, including confronting rancorous dissenters in his own ranks. James Ross/AAP

Scott Morrison’s biggest failure in the bushfire crisis: an inability to deliver collective action

A crisis of this scale requires a willingness to listen to the best sources of advice and generate bipartisan consensus. But Morrison has struggled to put the national interest above party politics.

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