Malcolm Turnbull featured prominently at a recent volunteer firefighter rally on the steps of Victorian state parliament.
With a popular state Labor government and premier in charge, the economy picking up speed and the state budget in substantial surplus, federal Labor had every reason to see Victoria as its own.
As the opinion polls remained tight between the two major parties, there were costly gaffes this week from both sides.
Malcolm Turnbull digs up potatoes with farmer Eric Coleman while Barnaby Joyce leans in for a smell.
Mark Textor, the Liberal pollster, has raged against the modern addiction to polls, in an article this week that shows he can indeed walk both sides of the street, as insider and observer.
There is a view that Malcolm Turnbull mightn’t be ‘one of us’ but is a viable leader.
While the Coalition accusingly targets Labor for “class war” politics, Tuesday’s Essential poll reinforces the fact that Australians think there are classes and tag themselves and political parties to…