When Turnbull surpasses the Abbott record of 30 straight Newspoll losses, as he surely will, it won’t matter if he pleads for people to judge him on “substantive” issues of governance.

Not so long as every single parliamentary session devolves into incompetence, scandal and white-anting, and every legislative achievement is overshadowed by scandal or made insubstantial by its pettiness.

Surveying the 342 pieces of legislation introduced since the 2016 election, Mike Seccombe lays out the ways the 45th parliament has been a mess from the start.

Plus: Paul Bongiorno on Turnbull’s looming Newspoll test, and Martin McKenzie-Murray on the Barnaby Joyce saga …

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