"Through the looking-glass"
As well as the big issues, a grab bag of small but fascinating stories and events captured the attention of cartoonists, journalists and, of course, politicians.
Government leaders spruiked the benefits of Australia becoming a major arms manufacturer, and a filing cabinet full of classified Cabinet documents turned up at a Canberra second-hand dealer. While the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, fended off claims of favouritism for foreign au pairs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison denied that his party had a problem with women.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s retirement from politics led to a fascinating, and ultimately surprising, battle for the seat of Wentworth.