Last June Morrison on Palmer's renewed political push Australians would say “the circus doesn’t need another sideshow.” Well, the sideshow's here and the Liberals are grabbing a prize from the wheel.
Labor still holds a narrow two-party preferred lead over the Coalition, while polling takes a skewed turn.
The Nationals now have their first Tasmanian senator since the Tasmanian tiger was last sighted, but that does not greatly reduce the challenges the government faces in passing legislation.
If the government clinches the tax cut legislation it will be a major victory – with its own irony.
The reallocation is short and long Senate terms for Tasmania distorts the 2016 election result.
Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
The High Court has ruled that Steve Martin is eligible to enter the Senate to replace the disqualified Jacqui Lambie.