Scott Morrison is riding high after his "miracle" win, but that will be just a memory come the next election due in early 2022. It's what he does from now on that will determine whether the Coalition can secure a fourth term.
Morrison got himself elected with tax, written in capital letters, on an otherwise largely blank page. Moreover, given he was in campaign mode from the day he replaced Malcolm Turnbull, it was hard to get a feel for how he would operate as a prime minister off the (immediate) election trail.
More than a month into the new term, we are seeing the first outlines of Morrison's approach and priorities. Central to it are outcomes and what some dub "achievables".
Christopher Pyne once famously described himself as "a fixer" (in his case, something of a misnomer).
At the centre of how Morrison sees running government is fixing things, oiling the tracks, if you like - whether this is in service delivery (such as improving the way the National Disability Insurance Scheme works), the approval processes for getting big projects under way (regulatory "congestion busting"), or smoothing the operation of the industrial relations system. He's lectured public service chiefs about the importance of delivery, and appointed Stuart Robert to a new services portfolio.
In general, the signs are that Morrison is focused on government in terms of managing, as well as on responding to what he judges the public want, especially his "quiet Australians" in that public.
Ears pricked this week when he put more industrial relations reform on the table, beyond the fresh attempt that will be made to secure passage of the Ensuring Integrity legislation.
The new industrial relations minister, Christian Porter, is to conduct a review and businesses are being encouraged to bring forward their suggestions.
But, at least from what's being said now, this is not a frolic towards a new "WorkChoices" destination. The attention is especially on administration, for example dealing with the blow out in the time taken to approve enterprise agreements, and on seeking information.
The focus on management reflects and fits with Morrison's relatively non-ideological belief system. But amid this pragmatic, even low key, approach to governing, Morrison is committed to dealing with one highly charged values issue - protecting religious freedom.
Turnbull bequeathed this hornets nest to him. The then prime minister set up an inquiry to appease the right, those on the losing side in the same-sex marriage fight. The subsequent report recommended a religious discrimination act.
The case of Israel Folau, turfed by Rugby Australia following his homophobic Instagram post based on the bible, has injected a huge amount of heat into an issue already fraught. That intensified this week when GoFundMe removed from its site Folau's appeal to finance legal action against Rugby Australia. If intensity can be measured in dollars, the Folau campaign has so far raised more than $2 million.
When Turnbull established the inquiry, he was seeking to throw a blanket over a matter dividing his party. Inevitably there would be a day of reckoning and, as bad luck would have it, the Folau imbroglio has widened the debate, which formerly had centred primarily on religious institutions, particularly schools.
The issue falls into the category of what political scientists label "wicked problems". There is no easy or satisfactory path through a maze of conflicting rights.
Some in the government try to push aside the Folau case, saying it is just a matter of his contract. But if the aim of legislation is to prevent a person being discriminated against on the basis of their religion, wouldn't this logically mean bans on contracts stipulating employees can't spruik certain religious beliefs? And if not, where does that leave the Folau backers?
It's notable that netball corporate sponsors bought into the affair after Folau's netball-playing wife shared his post asking for funds.
Modern companies are increasingly sensitive to the cultural changes in society over recent years, as we saw in the interventions by some businesses in the same-sex marriage debate.
The merging of the commercial and the moral (which has outraged, for example, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton) can be viewed in "market" terms.
While in certain cases a company's positioning may be driven by the personal values of its leadership, more generally many companies, and organisations like Rugby Australia, will want their "brands" in line with what they see as their customers' or followers' likely values.
Religious freedom, in a pure form, can run up against companies' rights to embrace values, just as their actions - in terms of restrictions they may seek to impose on their employees - can circumscribe free speech.
Morrison, who is deeply committed to his Pentecostal faith, said on Friday he and Porter, who is also attorney-general, were working on legislation "as we speak".
"I'm looking forward to being able to bring that forward. But ... not in a way that is confrontational, not in a way that is even controversial. A way that is just sensible and practical," Morrison said.
He sought to work with the Opposition - "I don't want to see this become an issue of partisan conflict or more broadly. This is about a foundational, I think, freedom that Australians should enjoy. And I think we should find a very practical and co-operative way forward."
Well, good luck with that.
As if to illustrate the difficulties, a few hours later conciliation talks between Falou and Rugby Australia failed.
If Morrison can get through the religious freedom issue in the smooth way he foreshadows, it will be another "miracle". The risk is the debate becomes a distraction, a noisy and divisive intrusion into what he wants to be a steady-as-she-goes style of government.
- Michelle Grattan is a press gallery journalist and former editor of The Canberra Times. She is a professorial fellow at the University of Canberra and writes for The Conversation, where this column appears.