The Coalition government of Scott Morrison has been tied down since the May 18 election by the urgent need to fix serious problems it has inherited.
That is, inherited from itself.
The latest sign of this is the review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme launched today by minister Stuart Robert.
But the to-do repair list is much more extensive, and includes, water policy, aged care and education.
The NDIS review is merely one instance of the Coalition needing to fix matters that have been under its care for more than half a decade.
By September 18, the Coalition will have been in office for six years. Mr Morrison has been in cabinet all of that time, four of the six years either as treasurer or prime minister.
If Mr Morrison wants to blame anyone for shoddy or tardy work, he would have to be among the culprits.
There are several other instances of overdue repairs beyond the NDIS review.
One of the biggest is the royal commission into aged care, which will uncover case histories most voters will find shocking and will worry the growing voter cohort of the elderly.
It will also worry Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who has been commissioned with producing a Budget surplus, no matter the legitimate spending demands the government faces.
The aged care royal commission report will come with a hefty price tag.
There is another royal commission report planned on treatment of the disabled.
The government is also taking a critical look at skills shortages with a review of vocational education opportunities and quality of training.
This sector was not well treated when Julia Gillard was education minister but the time has long passed for the Morrison Government to blame Labor.
The Prime Minister and premiers have agreed to pep up vocational education and training (VET) with Mr Morrison saying, “We all want students, whatever age they are, they could be 21, they could be 61 and going through a career change … to have confidence that that system is going to help them with their future intentions and their future careers.”
He might be able to draw on a report into VET which he commissioned in November last year.
There also now is an inquiry into management of water resources and the Murray-Darling Basin, the domain of the Nationals’ for most of the six years.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will examine the water market in the Murray-Darling Basin. One reason for this is the savage drought that has hit farmers and pastoralists.
But another is the ability of companies to hoard water as a valuable commodity rather than releasing it for food growing, environmental health or household use.
Another big issue is energy policy — or the absence of one.
There once was a National Energy Guarantee, which went through cabinet a was three times approved by the Liberal party room but could not survive a coal-favouring rump of backbenchers.
The consequence was it was never implemented, Australia’s carbon emissions are rising and the certainty sought by business is being denied.
And while wind farms are being attacked as “satanic”, any guarantee of lower domestic power prices is muted at best.
So there now is another inquiry — into nuclear energy.
Former banking inquiry royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne noted the traffic jam of investigations in a speech given last month but made public recently.
He suggested government’s only concentrated on putting out political “spot fires” rather than long-term matters, which has weakened voter faith.
“Instead, we need to grapple closely with what these calls are telling us about the state of our democratic institutions,” Mr Hayne said.
“Trust in all sorts of institutions, governmental and private, has been damaged or destroyed.”