Malcolm Turnbull can avoid a slow political death on his knees by living on his feet | Katharine Murphy

Ambushed from all sides in the opening week of parliament, Turnbull must test his own authority by striking a decisive prime ministerial course

There were two business days in this short sitting week to open the 45th parliament; two question times.

The first I watched on TV. It was a deliberate choice. I wanted to consume the opening in the same way voters would – on their televisions. The second one I watched from the press gallery in the House of Representatives, sitting up behind the prime minister, looking down over his backbench.

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