Political common sense returns to Canberra

The Coalition's backdown on its stances on paid parental leave and university fee deregulation could hint at a more moderate policy agenda tempered by compromise and rigorous debate.

Two backflips by the Abbott government might be considered a sign of weakness but it could be the best thing that has happened to a federal government that is stuck in the mud. Could compromise and debate return to Canberra? If the result is better policy, then we should all hope so.

Tony Abbott’s first year in government has been rough. A combative Senate, an unfair budget and a number of amateur mistakes has seen the government’s popularity deteriorate rapidly.

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