SCHOOL SAFETY BOOST FOR COFFS HARBOU9R ELECTORATE

Andrew Fraser

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said, the Coffs Harbour electorate will share in a $5 million program to install school zone flashing lights where schools have multiple busy entrances, and have higher road safety risks.

The Coffs Harbour electorate will see one additional set of flashing lights installed to improve road safety for children travelling to and from school.

St Augustine’s Primary School that will receive an additional set of flashing lights in Albany Street.

“This will build on the NSW Government’s initial rollout which ensured all eligible schools across NSW had at least one set of flashing lights,” Mr Fraser said.

“Children are some of our most vulnerable road users, and we know school zone flashing lights are an effective way of warning drivers and riders to slow down to improve safety.

“It’s great that this Government took the initiative to identify the most high risk schools to ensure they benefit from this extra level of protection.”

All eligible schools with multiple busy entrances were consulted in the process of selecting school zones for this program.

The new locations for school zone flashing lights were selected by a risk assessment model which takes into account a number of factors including approach speed, pedestrian numbers, traffic volumes, and heavy vehicle traffic volumes.

Flashing lights are funded through the Community Road Safety Fund, where all speed and red light camera fines go directly towards vital road safety programs.

School zones are enforced on government gazetted school days to ensure operation dates and times are consistent and easy to follow.

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For media comment contact Andrew Fraser on 6652 6500 or 0427 241 522

Three things Malcolm Turnbull can learn from the Census fiasco

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Malcolm Turnbull needs to take lessons from the Census debacle.
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ANALYSIS

When historians and political analysts look back on the Turnbull years, it’s unlikely they’ll mark the Census fail as a turning point for the Prime Minister.

So despite a loud minority (on Twitter in particular) proclaiming #CensusFail as the final nail in the Turnbull Government’s coffin, it’s more likely that reports of the PM’s death are exaggerated.

That’s not to say Mr Turnbull and his Government haven’t been flirting with matters of a terminal nature. They have.

And if Malcolm Turnbull is going to survive those mortal risks, there are three lessons he should take from the Census debacle.

1. Honesty is the best policy

It is mostly true that when a politician’s mouth is moving they are telling a lie.

It’s the nature of the game, enabled by the truism that if you repeat a lie often enough it will become fact.

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Anna Bligh set the gold standard for honesty in a crisis during the Qld floods. Photo: Getty

But when it comes to crisis management, the truth will always out; so it is better to be honest from the start.

Any communication specialist knows the drill, but politicians tend to surround themselves with former journalists whose default position is to say nothing, then deny, and finally try to spin their way out of a crisis.

If the Prime Minister, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), had followed the time-honoured principles of crisis communication they would have admitted to the problem early, kept Australians up to date with all known information, and committed to taking whatever action necessary to ensure it didn’t happen again.

2. Don’t hang new ministers out to dry

Another basic tenet of crisis management is to make your best media performer the incident’s public face.

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Inexperienced minister Michael McCormack was thrown to the wolves in the Census crisis. Photo: AAP

For #CensusFail, we were treated to conflicting reports from an out-of-depth junior minister, an agency head seemingly in denial, a vengeful prime minister, and pretty much anyone else in the Government who chose to buy in.

There was talk of hacks and attacks, which were then denied, claims of DDOS assaults that may have come from overseas, or not, and farcical media events where spokespeople simply read a media release to assembled journalists and then refused to take questions.

Voters would be forgiven for concluding from this shemozzle that not only was Census night an amateur hour, so was the Government’s response.

3. Cheaper isn’t always better

Finally, a broader issue that emerged from the Census wreckage for the PM is that some government functions should never be done on the cheap.

Despite most government departments needing accurate statistics to determine how best to deliver services, successive governments have slashed the budget of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which runs the Census.

Rather than a logical progression into the digital age, the move to an online form for the Census this year has been reported as little more than a cost-cutting exercise.

And it appears the ABS also took the cheapest approach to establishing the IT needed to gather the information safely.

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ABS’s funding is cut. Census crashes. Coincidence? Photo: AAP

If so, the ABS reaped what it sowed. Other government service providers such as the Tax Office, the Department of Social Services, and Medicare are also struggling with sub-standard IT systems.

They risk experiencing a similar fiasco to that experienced by the ABS if ministers maintain pressure on departmental officials to find the cheapest IT solution.

And voters will be much less forgiving if these essential services are compromised.

We will however mark the Government down if Malcolm Turnbull and his ministers fail to heed the lessons that have emerged from the biggest digital non-event in Australian history.

Peace Unveiled’ public screening with panelist Kay Danes OAM

 

Kay Danes in Nangarhar

Dr Natalia Szablewska will showcase a war-time documentary about the women of Afghanistan at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus on August 19.

However, the international human rights lawyer and SCU lecturer has asked her high-calibre panel of speakers including Kay Danes OAM, humanitarian worker Katrina Elliot, former Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court Dr Melanie O’Brien, and Australian Army Red Cross Service Award recipient David Freeman, to not watch Peace Unveileduntil the public screening.

“I want us to all watch it together at the screening and for everyone on the panel to have organic reactions rather than something prepared,” Dr Szablewska said.

“Each panel member has a very different background but all have experience of working in Afghanistan, and will be able to reflect on what they’ve just seen and draw from their own experiences.”

The film will be screened at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses on Friday, August 19 at 2.30pm, followed by a video-link to the panel as part of the Women, War and Peace series at the Gold Coast campus.

Panel member Kay Danes OAM said her role on the panel would highlight the plight of women who live in conflict zones and would help further the message she and other humanitarian workers are trying to relay to the western world.

“I feel most honoured to be part of this event as it provides an important opportunity to participate in a conversation that is necessary to women all over the world and particularly, to connect the story of those trapped in conflict with those who are far removed from it,” Ms Danes said.

“I really hope this film will bring Australians closer to understanding that ‘war’ brings considerable personal and devastating consequences, particularly for women and children.”

Ms Danes and her husband Kerry made international news when they were imprisoned in Laos in 2000 and forced to endure 10 months of arbitrary detention, torture and mock executions when they lived in one of the world’s most secretive communist prisons before diplomatic efforts secured their release.

After the ordeal, Kay became a human rights advocate and embarked on a humanitarian aid mission into war-torn Afghanistan. She was named an Australian of the Year state finalist in 2012 and awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014.

Alongside her social justice and humanitarian work, Kay is undertaking a PhD at Southern Cross University where she is “Analysing long-term local and international strategies for the protection of humanitarians working in global conflict zones”.

Peace Unveiled is the fourth film in the Women, War and Peace series, and follows three women who organised meetings to ensure women’s rights didn’t get traded away in peace talks with the Taliban when the US troop surge was announced in late 2009. The film explores and exposes the changing and powerful roles of women in peace-building, and in conflict.

Dr Szablewska, from the School of Law and Justice, said it was the first time the student-led initiative would be held at the Gold Coast campus, with hopes to attract an even greater audience from the Gold Coast and Tweed area for the free screening.

“We want the public to understand what happens behind the scenes during conflict which we never hear about through the media,” she said.

“These films show how women who were once voiceless, become empowered and push for change using a grass-roots bottom-up approach.”

Event details: The film and panel will be held on Friday, August 19, 2.30pm-4.30pm at Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus A Block, Room A2.20 Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga, and video-linked to Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses.

Photo caption: Kay Danes OAM visits a female prison officer and the daughter of a female prisoner in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. The prison wardens are paid $40 a month salary.

NSW GOVERNMENT SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR YOUNG ADVISORS

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Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, would like to encouraged young people from the Coffs Harbour electorate to consider applying for a position on the 2017 NSW Youth Advisory Council and get involved in Government decision making.

Council members are sought to represent the diversity of young people living in NSW in terms of locality and gender, Aboriginality, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Mr Fraser said that the Youth Advisory Council is one of the most effective ways for young people to be involved in Government decision making.

“The Youth Advisory Council is a powerful way of ensuring the voice of young people in NSW is heard loud and clear,” Mr Fraser said.

“Importantly, the insights provided by the Council helps inform the development of policies and programs that affect young people.”

“Members of the Council make an important and valuable contribution to the NSW Government’s work and the way we deliver services for young people in NSW,” Minister responsible for youth John Ajaka said.

One of the key roles of the Youth Advisory Council is to provide advice to the Minister responsible for Youth and the Advocate for Children and Young People.

The NSW Advocate for Children and Young People Andrew Johnson said that the 12 member Council meets regularly throughout the year to monitor and evaluate policies and legislations which affect young people.

“The advice of the NSW Youth Advisory Council has been instrumental in our work including the important contributions they made to the development of the first three-year whole of government Strategic Plan for Children and Young People recently launched by the NSW Government,” Mr Johnson said.

Applications close at 5:00pm Friday 30 September 2016.

For more information and application forms please visit the Advocate for Children and Young People’s website www.acyp.nsw.gov.au or by call (02) 9248 0970.

MORE FUNDING TO IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, today announced that applications are now open for funding to help make our local community more accessible and liveable

The Liveable Communities Grants Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to innovative projects that help older people stay healthy, stay connected, get or keep a job, or live in their community close to family or friends.

“The NSW Government promised to build stronger communities for older people, and this program plays a big part in delivering on that promise,” Mr Fraser said.
“Everyone deserves to live in safe, vibrant and inclusive communities and be proud to call them home.”“By investing in projects like these, the NSW Government is helping older people to live healthier and happier lives,” Minister for Ageing John Ajaka said.

The NSW Government in delivering an election commitment to provide $4 million for the Liveable Communities Grants Program over four years.

The first year of Liveable Communities was a success, with 24 funded projects encompassing health, wellbeing, and creative arts, and included initiatives that connect older people with their communities, address elder abuse, and support older workers. A number of funded projects target older people in Aboriginal or culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Projects must align with one of the government’s five identified ageing priority areas:Health and well being

  • Housing choices
  • Getting around
  • Inclusive communities

Working and retiring                        Applications close on Friday 30 September 2016.

COFFS HARBOUR TEACHER RECEIVES PREMIER’S AWARD

Nicola Chaffee from Narranga Public School was one of only 21 teachers from across the state awarded the Premier’s  Teachers Scholarship by the NSW Premier, Mike Baird at a ceremony held in Sydney on Tuesday 23rd August. Member for Coffs Harbour  congratulated Mrs Chaffey for receiving the Premier’s first State Super Financial Literacy Scholarship.

“Mrs Chaffey’s  scholarship is a testament to the high quality of teachers we have in our community.

The $15,000 scholarship awarded will fund a study into starting young: an international study of successful primary school financial literacy programmes.

Mr Fraser said “Recipients were recommended by their Principals, education specialists, industry professionals or their peers.

“Recipients undertake international and Australian study tours, allowing them to visit world-leading schools and centres of education.” Mr Fraser said.

“Teachers benefit by learning cutting-edge education practices, acquiring new teaching methods and skills and expanding their professional networks.”

The study tour will take Mrs Chaffey to Australia, United States of America and China.

Minister of Education Adrian Piccoli said the benefits of the scholarships would flow through to students and other teachers at each of the scholarships recipients’ schools.

“This programme gives gifted teachers the opportunity to increase their depth of knowledge and further develop their teaching.” Mr Piccoli said.

“This extra experience can really add to a teacher’s skill set and ultimately our students are the major benefactors.

Since 1999 over 420 teachers across NSW have received Premier’s Teacher Scholarships.  All NSW teachers from government and non government schools and TAFE N SW Institutes are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

For further details about the NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships and the recipients visit http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/awards-scholarships- and-grants/scholarships/premier-s-teacher-scholarships.

 

Goodbye Winter, hello Spring! French Film & Live Music at JMT

Spring is on its way and with it brings a flurry of new arts and culture experiences for the Coffs Coast community at the Jetty Theatre. Vive La France! French Film Festival kicks off with a 12-film celebration of French culture (presented by Screenwave), Damien Leith returns to JMT following up on his last sold out show for Coffs Coast fans. Jodi Martin, the soulful Australian songstress, has included Coffs Harbour on her Diesel National Tour. Beatlemania On Tour presents the story of The Beatles from garage band beginnings to their rooftop finale. Last but not least, Coffs Harbour Arts Council presents Grease, the longest running musical of all time and treasured by fans across the globe.

Come and get your dose of arts and culture at the Jetty Memorial Theatre.

Always…Patsy Cline

TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT!

Always… Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.  The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued correspondence with Cline until her death.

The musical play, complete with down home country humour, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes 27 of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight.  The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”

Always… Patsy Cline has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway.  It has been one of the most produced musicals in America according to American Theatre Magazine.  Always… Patsy Cline has also been enjoyed internationally by audiences in Canada, the UK and Australia.  This new production directed by AFI award winning Denny Lawrence stars award winning Australian Country Music singing sensation Courtney Conway as Patsy Cline and popular stage star Mandi Lodge (Menopause The Musical, Just the Ticket) as Louise Seger.

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Vive La France! French Film Festival

September 1 – 4

There are less than 20 tickets left to the festival’s Opening Night event, Blind Date ($20, includes champagne on arrival, fromage sampling, canapes and film admission).

Vive La France! French Film Festival is a celebration of French culture with 12 films over 4 days, including multi-award winning films from the world festival circuit, documentary, drama, classics, and risqué suspense for a little “Ooh la la”.

The festival kicks off with the fun Opening Night film “Blind Date” by actor/director Clovis Cornillac (only a few tickets remaining), and continues on with a selection of unique films direct from Cannes Film Festival and this year’s Sydney Film Festival.

The festival is a celebration of French culture too, with free French language experiences by U3A . To see the full festival program visit www.swiff.com.au. Vive La France! French Film Festival is part of the SWIFF Satellite Cinema program and is proudly presented by Screenwave.

Vive La France! French Film Festival is supported by Coffs Harbour City Council, The Happy Frog, The Cheesemaking Workshop, U3A, Harbourside Markets, Coffs Central Shopping Centre, The Coffs Coast Advocate, The Legendary Pacific Coast, and Screen NSW.

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Damien Leith : The Winner’s Journey 10th Anniversary Tour

Friday 9 September

2016 marks ten years since Damien won Australian Idol and released his 6 times platinum album, ‘The Winners Journey’.

To celebrate, Damien will perform songs from his first album right through to today. Hear all your favourites like ‘Night of my Life’, ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Roy Orbison Classics’, along with rare gems, audience requests and hilarious untold stories.

Having performed to over half a million people in the past 10 years, Damien’s shows are a must see.

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Jodi Martin: Diesel National Tour

Friday 16 September

Jodi Martin has carved a niche as one of our country’s most important songwriters.  She brings a depth of honesty and richness to the craft, which is equally matched by her captivating voice.

The North Coast holds a special place in Jodi’s heart.  It is where she came of age as a songwriter, releasing her critically acclaimed Water and Wood album.  This tour sees Jodi returning to the Jetty Theatre with the second single, Diesel, as voted by North Coast Audiences, from her latest album, Saltwater.  Co-written with Jeff Lang, the song is a cheeky salute to keeping what you love on the road despite the odds!

Jodi is joined on stage by her sister, Robyn Martin.  Together they weave sweet guitar and bass grooves, hilarious true stories and deluxe harmonies, like only sisters can.

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Beatlemania On Tour

Saturday 17 September

Relive the heyday of the world’s favourite Pop act with Beatlemania – On Tour, the complete live tribute show that recreates a true Beatles experience – authentic costumes, replica instruments and all songs performed with exquisite attention to detail and in their original key!

 

With sold-out shows across the US, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, South Africa and New Zealand this is a must-see spectacular for all Beatles fans!

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Grease

Friday 23 Sep – Saturday 8 Oct

Directed by Pat Slattery

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding ‘Burger Palace Boys’ and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950’s in this rollicking musical. Head ‘greaser’ Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their ‘Summer Nights’ as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as ‘Grease’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’, You’re The One I Want’ and ‘Sandy’ recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals. ‘GREASE’ the musical premiered on Broadway in 1972 and played for 3388 performances becoming the longest running musical at the time and has triumphed throughout the world ever since. In 1978 ‘Grease’ went on to become a hugely successful film, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newtown-John.

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Future Shows Now on Sale

CHATS presents Twelfth Night

October 13 – 23

Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical

November  4 – 27

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Meet Paul ( MOOSE ) Amos AN INDEPENDENT COFFS COUNCIL CANDIDATE

There will only be three independent candidates in the upcoming local Coffs Harbour Council elections and Paul ‘Moose’ Amos will be one of them.

Many people will know Paul from his involvement with local family business The Bailey Centre over the past 30 years. Paul has also been active in local clubs such as the surf club, cricket club and football clubs in Coffs Harbour, playing all codes and holding coaching roles over the years.

This is not Paul’s first involvement with local community policy-making. He has previously held roles as the Chair of the Coffs Harbour Tourism Committee and was a member of the Jetty Foreshores Planning Committee. Paul says this is valuable experience to bring to the Council position.

When asked why he had made the choice to run as an independent, Paul said “I didn’t want to strike deals that would affect my ability to make informed decisions as a Councillor. I am seeking to represent the people of Coffs Harbour and I think that demands a level of transparency and independence rather than being beholden to a prior group deal.”

When asked whether he thought this was a disadvantage in the upcoming election, Paul said “I know the voting system is geared towards Councillors who group themselves together and that’s why most have done this, but I think it’s impossible for people to know where their vote is going when they vote for groups of people above the line.” Paul could see some advantages to being an independent candidate that may attract some voters in September, “When people vote for me, what they see is what they get and they have the freedom to choose other Councillors. I am not presuming to make this decision for them. This freedom of choice is more likely to lead to diverse views that reflect those of the community and this is what leads to good decisions, not block voting.”

Paul is supported in his campaign by his wife Rosemary, who has taught at Narranga Primary School for over 25 years. He will also be cheered on by his daughter and son who both grew up in Coffs Harbour, and his new granddaughter. When asked what influenced his decision to run for Council, Paul said “I genuinely care about the future of Coffs Harbour, because it is not only my future, but my friend’s and family’s future too. I believe we are at a critical point in time with the new highway coming through to define what the future of Coffs Harbour will be and I believe my experience and passion will be useful at such a critical juncture.”

Paul will be standing of a platform of preservation, preparation and promotion of the Coffs Coast and will lend his 30 years of business experience and involvement with various community groups to the role. Voters interested in learning more about Paul’s background and policies can visit www.paulamos.com.au and read more in the Advocate in the coming weeks.

Authorised by Paul Amos, 16th August 2016

Watch your language, Scott Morrison

In his Bloomberg Address on Thursday Scott Morrison talked of ‘the taxed and the taxed-not’. David Moir/AAP

Treasurer Scott Morrison has given notice of a fresh assault on the crucial challenge of budget repair. Let’s hope he and Malcolm Turnbull have learned from the unfortunate self-destructing experience of Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott.

The Coalition came to power in 2013 with a mandate to fix the budget, a task it identified and pushed relentlessly in opposition. But then it squandered its opportunity in its badly calibrated, insensitive 2014 budget that was widely seen as unfair. And that was virtually the end of the repair quest under Abbott.

One problem in the broad budget debate was the poorly judged language that Hockey brought to it. This reflected his mindset. He was set on ending “the age of entitlement”, contrasting “lifters” with “leaners”.

Morrison has found his own pejorative divide. In his Bloomberg Address on Thursday, he talked of “the taxed and the taxed-not”.

“A generation has grown up in an environment where receiving payments from the government is not seen as the reserve of those who unfortunately will be forever dependent on support or in need of a hand up, but a common and expected component of their income over their entire life cycle.

“On current settings, more Australians today are likely to go through their entire lives without ever paying tax than for generations. More Australians are also likely today to be net beneficiaries of the government than contributors – never paying more tax than they receive in government payments.”

Let me say, Morrison has a point. Given the exigencies of the budget, the balance does need to be changed. But his language risks division and demonising, when it should be trying to be as inclusive as possible in getting the community to accept the need to tackle the problem.

Morrison’s point about the “taxed-nots” is in the context of seeking to shock people into recognising that action must be taken on the budget and other economic fronts. He warned against “a terrible risk” of complacency when “a generation has grown up not ever having known a recession”. But against the backdrop of a jaded and cynical public mood, the shock tactic doesn’t necessarily work so well these days.

And it is worth noting that some of the benefits that are a fiscal burden in the system were put in by the preceding Liberal government.

Further, it might be argued there is a social dividend aspect. Government payments provide a cushioning against income inequality, helping avoid the strains we see worsening in various countries.

There is another point. The “taxed-not” include not just those at the lower end of the income spectrum but also some high-income earners. In their cases, they are the “taxed not as much as they should be” group.

That takes us to superannuation.

Morrison is currently talking to Coalition backbenchers about his budget superannuation reforms, with dissidents pressing for modification. If he gives in and makes any substantive softening, he will be saying that there are two classes of the “taxed-not”, those with clout – or, more precisely, backers among Liberal conservatives – and those without.

In outlining what a re-elected government and the new parliament need to do in the coming three years Morrison told his business audience: “We must take action to strengthen our economic resilience to deal with the shocks that will inevitably come – to get debt under control by returning the budget to balance through disciplined expenditure restraint and a tax system that supports growth and provides sustainable revenues.”

Looking ahead, the government will have to pursue budget repair on two fronts. One is persuading the new Senate to pass measures already in the pipeline. There will be plenty of problems there. For example Nick Xenophon, who commands three Senate votes, declares that he is not interested in supporting repair measures until there is a long-term plan for the steelmaker Arrium.

The second front is devising fresh repair initiatives. This throws attention onto both the budget update that comes towards the end of the year and next year’s budget.

The first budget of an electoral cycle is the opportunity for reforms and hard decisions. But as the Coalition remembers, mis-stepping in such a budget can turn opportunity into disaster. The memory will be all the sharper, given the Turnbull government is on a razor-thin majority.

As Morrison knows from the tax debate, where he went out in front, only to be hauled back by Malcolm Turnbull, it is easier articulating the problems than finding solutions and then landing them.

Post-election, Morrison has begun the first part of the process, with the hard stages ahead. He needs to be careful not to let the debate be undermined by using language that might appeal to the government’s conservative base but can alienate the centre.