Why Morrison won’t dump Taylor
THIS is why Scott Morrison won't punt his Energy Minister Angus Taylor - and by doing so it strengthens his position as Prime Minister.
Part of it is because of Morrison himself - a politician who doesn't go to water under pressure (the public saw that during the election campaign), and the other reason is because he watched and learned from the failings of his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull.
Turnbull was always too quick to react to scandals and too willing to demote Ministers accused of indiscretions or poor decisions.
The party room viewed this as Turnbull throwing colleagues under the bus to protect himself. Eventually it caught up with him. As much as part of the media and commentators say it was ideological conservatives who turned on Turnbull, realistically it was a number of issues, including the fact that Turnbull thought his colleagues were currency, something that was expendable to someone in his position.
Apart from the fact there is no smoking gun against Taylor, Morrison will not fall into the same trap. Morrison is making a point of showing loyalty, showing he will not succumb to Labor's pressure.
The Coalition party room is watching Morrison stand by Taylor - and they like the loyalty.
There is a NSW police investigation into an alleged doctored document sent to the media by Taylor's office. That referral was made by Labor's Mark Dreyfus, who has been unsuccessful in eight other referrals to agencies, the Government says.
With five days of Parliamentary sittings for the year, Morrison is not going to give Labor a win. Anthony Albanese would love a victory to rally his troops over the summer break.
While it is understandable for Labor to be going down this path (the Coalition would do the same), Labor looks again missing on action on the economy.
Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Guy Debelle said this week that low wage rises are the "new normal".
That is an infuriating message that will devastate so many families struggling with the cost of living.
A canny Morrison Government should use Question Time today to talk about what they are doing to help make Australians' lives easier - and contrast that with an Opposition focused on politics most voters don't care or understand.