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Cracks are emerging within the coalition

And voters won’t be kind to Morrison if we go into a fourth wave ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

If the final sitting fortnight of parliament for 2021 is anything to go by, the 2022 election campaign should be extremely heated. Question time was a cacophony of shouting, and little headway was made on key pieces of legislation. But one encouraging sign, says Michelle Grattan, was that the moderates within the Liberal Party are finding their voice: and willing to vent them not just in the party room, but (more riskily) in the parliament.

Scott Morrison schooled the Coalition party room earlier this week on the dangers of division, but perhaps some have stopped listening. Bridget Archer was just one who raised her head above the parapet, saying it was disappointing the government had prioritised the religious discrimination bill over the integrity bill.

All of these ructions mean Morrison could hardly be facing a more uncertain environment heading into an election in the first half of next year. And there is much that remains uncertain: what if, for example, Australia follows Europe into a fourth wave? If voters are forced back into lockdowns and restrictions, they may not be as warmly disposed to the incumbent government.

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Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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Grattan on Friday: Assertive Liberal moderates give Scott Morrison curry

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

The overwhelming impression the Morrison government has projected this week is one of chaos. There has been one encouraging sign as a new generation of Liberal moderates belatedly raise their voices.

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The media has been closely following every twist and turn in the case of missing boy William Tyrrell, including recent live coverage of police operations seen here in NSW. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

Rolling media coverage of missing persons cases can add to the trauma for all families left behind

Sarah Wayland, University of New England

Non-stop media coverage can invade their privacy, raise and dash their hopes, and prolong their trauma.

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Photo courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd

The Beatles: Get Back review – Peter Jackson’s TV series is a thrilling, funny (and long) treat for fans

David McCooey, Deakin University

An extraordinary technological feat, Get Back looks and sounds astonishingly good.

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Friday essay: Yoko, Linda, Get Back and shifting perceptions of the women of the Beatles

Christine Feldman-Barrett, Griffith University

Women were always important to the Beatles, yet Yoko Ono, in particular, faced extreme criticism for partnering with John Lennon. How does Peter Jackson’s Get Back present Ono and Linda Eastman?

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Waiting for SCOTUS: pro-choice activists outside the US Supreme Court on November 1. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US abortion bans back before the Supreme Court – but globally more countries are liberalising access than restricting it. Podcast

Gemma Ware, The Conversation; Daniel Merino, The Conversation

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