In the lead up to next week's ALP national conference, which Shorten
needs to run smoothly, the government has been trying to exploit what
it sees as a Labor weak point – border protection.
The government now finds itself in the rather bizarre situation of having voted for a “national anti-corruption commission” without committing itself to one.
Come election time, votes won't turn on an integrity commission. They will turn on such issues as cost of living, discontent with flat wages, and health.