It has suffered one of the most brutal terror attacks in recent history, but under Jacinda Ardern the country is increasingly considered a beacon of sanity in a world of extremism.
Ardern’s approach is totally unapologetic. Making those changes – and more broadly, protecting the vulnerable and making society work – is the priority of government.
The politics of hate have moved from the fringe to the mainstream.
In this social media age, the far right is one small community, united in purpose and action but merely fighting on different battlefields.
Rather than tackle the impending catastrophe, Australia seems intent on becoming the most nannyish nation on earth.
By combining radical economics with patriotism, the party has made itself the favourite to win this May’s general election.
It’s a measure of how far Australian conservatism has turned towards the Trumpian that Morrison was considered the mainstream candidate.
Scott Morrison replaced Malcom Turnbull who replaced Tony Abbott who replaced Kevin Rudd who replaced Julia Gillard.
Recent murder cases have ignited a conversation about a culture that promotes misogyny.
Ardern – young, charismatic, glamorous, unwed, funny, great at social media – seems to represent a new spirit.
The “lucky country” has sailed through the global financial downturn – the only developed economy to have avoided any annual recession since 1991.