More worrying for Labor than Bill Shorten's bad, though, is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's rising ratings.
While the Turnbull government's ratings have improved, the focus on its tax policies and the Barnaby Joyce story may be holding back its vote.
Labor still holds a narrow two-party preferred lead over the Coalition, while polling takes a skewed turn.
Labor continues to hold a 51-49% two-party lead in the wake of last week's budget.
Malcolm Turnbull may have lost 31 consecutive Newspolls, but the latest result shows a narrowing between the two major parties, and the Coalition's best performance since September 2016.
This bald-faced refusal to acknowledge their own inconvenient history in part comes from the politicians' belief that if you just burnish the "spin", you can get away with saying anything.
The Coalition reels from its 30th consecutive Newspoll loss, while Australia's relationship with China comes under pressure.
Despite the government's 30th Newspoll loss under Malcolm Turnbull, this week's polls have been a mixed bag for both sides.
With the fateful 30th Newspoll finally out there, the government on Monday descended into an orgy of destructive self-indulgence.
History warns us to beware of the fickleness of polls taken mid-term, which tend to be a snapshot rather than a deep reading of the electoral mood.
The Coalition trails 48-52%, compared with 47-53% a fortnight ago. The Australian reports it is only the second time since April last year that the government has come
The Coalition braces for the next Newspoll, while a redistribution gives Labor reason to smile, and the Batman byelection results are finalised.
Another tumultuous week in politics saw the appearance of the "Monash Forum", more speculation about the 30th Newspoll and the Greens proposing a people's bank.
Many among the public will discount Abbott's activities as just his usual trouble-making. The noise, however, reinforces the general impression of a fractured government.
Barnaby Joyce says he would be '100%' behind the government constructing coal-fired power stations if that would lower the price of electricity.
Labor retains a 53-47% unchanged two-party lead in the latest Newspoll.
Nick Xenophon's SA-Best slumps while Labor fights the 'It's time' factor in the lead-up to the South Australian election.
The two-party vote has the Coalition trailing Labor 47-53%, compared with 48-52% a fortnight ago.
While this Newspoll is Malcolm Turnbull's 26th consecutive loss (four short of Tony Abbott's streak), it is the Coalition's best position since April 2017.
The Coalition now trails 48-52% on the two-party vote – the best result for it since April last year.