Editor's note

Tomorrow, it will be one year since Malcolm Turnbull was rolled as prime minister and – after some extraordinary internal wrangling – the Liberal Party elected Scott Morrison as its leader. With a largely unexpected election victory under his belt, how is Morrison faring as prime minister? So far, Michelle Grattan writes, his position appears to be strong: his leadership is authoritative and he has few constraints. Perhaps more noticeably, there is no sign of the internal trouble-making or restless aspirants that characterised Turnbull’s time at the helm.

Morrison takes a practical approach to government. In this first year of his prime ministership, he has built an inner circle of trusted colleagues around himself and taken “deep dives” on policy issues including recycling, youth suicide, veterans’ mental health, NDIS, water and aged care.

This is not to say his leadership is without its challenges. There’s the increasingly difficult relationship with China to manage, he has the mixed blessing of being lionised by Donald Trump, and there are worries the economy might be about to head south. While Morrison has governed with few major ructions, these pressure points will test him in the coming months – and it’s still a long time until the next election.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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