Sean Kelly is a columnist for Fairfax and a former adviser to Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.
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A victory for equality
Same-sex marriage has been voted into law
Suddenly it’s the Opposition leader under pressure
Politicians have embarrassed themselves with the citizenship mess
Turnbull and Shorten are making the same mistakes they usually do
The PM should worry as impressions are cemented
That sinking feeling
The PM’s massive banks backflip lands the government in a very dark place
A day of joy
A historic moment, as the marriage bill passed the Senate
Another day lost to troublesome government MPs
The Queensland result confirms things we already knew
Once the race for the leadership begins, it can be very hard to stop.
An actual crisis
The situation on Manus has gone too far. It is time to bring these people here.
Form follows function
To have any chance of recovery, government MPs need to remember what side they’re on
The right balance
The PM isn’t political enough while Bill Shorten risks overegging it
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