"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. 

Same Sex Dragging

Peter Broelman, Syndicated,

Ring the Wedding Bells

Mark Knight, Herald Sun,

Exporting our Values

Matt Golding, Fairfax Syndicated,

Boomerang

Rod Clement, The Australian,

The American Way

Christopher Downes, The Hobart Mercury,

Dog Whistles R Us

Cathy Wilcox, Fairfax Syndicated,

Dutton's Merci

Matt Golding, Fairfax Syndicated,

Au Pairs

Glen Le Lievre, Self Published,

On Water Matters

Jon Kudelka, The Australian,

The Gender Whisperer

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,

Gone in a New York minute

Warren Brown, The Daily Telegraph,

Going Postal

Peter Broelman, Syndicated,

King of the Castle

John Shakespeare, Fairfax Syndicated,