This political deadlock will be profound, significant and long term, causing a long awaited upheaval in the structure of political parties.
Even after the information had been passed on to senior bureaucrats, the false claim of elevated levels of fat-soluble pesticides in dugongs was repeated in their influential briefing papers and reports.
The Greens success in modern Australian politics is explained not by the departure of the left within the ALP (a common argument) but their usurping of the base of the Australian Democrats.
Abbott has said that political parties do not back-track on their decisions. The record shows, however, that they have often done so.
Alas, all the parties seem to be about spending rather than saving, an odd approach when your cupboard is bare.
In a clear case of state politics affecting Federal seats, the SA public will preference Senator Nick Xenophon - who has promised little and delivered the same - over the main state and Federal parties.
But slowly, there's been a realisation in many parts of the community that Baird all the time has had an agenda many don't like.
Turnbull has sought to create greater differences between the Coalition and Labor than was necessary to win the election.
We first noticed a shift from the Liberals when the Coalition dropped its commitment to free speech and the repeal of Section 18C of the
Racial Discrimination Act.
But in fact, if we want to INVEST in education, health, aged care, transport and communications infrastructure, then we do need more progressive tax and higher spending.
With both major parties talking about innovation as a major part of growing our economy, how is it possible that clean technologies were not connected to that message?
In 2016-17 the Commonwealth net debt to GDP ratio is forecast to be the highest since 1970-71 (as far back as the budget papers data go).