No gaffes, no real surprises – the third leaders' debate was a fairly predictable affair, save for the testy conclusion
The Daily Telegraph story with the headline “Mother of Invention” backfired, handing Shorten the opportunity of a powerful moment on the campaign trail and drawing criticism even within News Corp.
As the campaign wears on, Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten have appeared increasingly stage-managed and rehearsed. Where is the charisma, wit and inspiring ideas?
While Ipsos on Newspoll are telling different stories about leaders' approval ratings, both are still showing a likely victory for Labor at the federal election.
The reason we know more about a post-election Labor ministry is that most of its occupants are already “shadowing” the jobs they'd hold.
Razzmatazz aside, the opposition leader - standing in front of Labor's slogan "A Fair Go For Australia" - brought together the “case for change” in a carefully-honed, strongly delivered address.
Inevitably much of the discussion and many of the clashes focused on money and tax – the conflicting arguments have been well rehearsed throughout the campaign.
In the second debate of the campaign, Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten answered questions from voters in a people's forum on everything from franking credits to, yes, post offices.
Research shows that Australians are increasingly tuning out of leaders' debates – just 21% reported watching a debate in 2016, down from 71% in 1993.
Pre-poll votes within the first 24 hours were almost double the number at the same stage in 2016. That could hurt some minor parties who traditionally spend big in the last few weeks of a campaign.
After the backlash against the formal Labor-Greens alliance under the Gillard government, Shorten is anxious to keep maximum distance between the ALP and the minor party.
The Conversation’s experts analyse the first Morrison-Shorten debate, with a focus on the key policy issues and the leaders' performances.
Bill Shorten's announcement of a funding boost for child care is central to Labor's campaign on cost of living.
So far immigration has not had a prominent place in the campaign, but Scott Morrison will try to change that on Sunday.
Clive Palmer was in the news this week after the Newspoll that showed that his United Australia Party could change the result in marginal seats in several states.
West Australian voters need convincing that the Coalition will be better than Labor at managing the economy. Meanwhile, the Queensland seat of Dickson has already descended into personality politics.
Sloganeering has always been integral to elections, but this kind of messaging risks adding to the problem of voter disengagement.
There are generally two kinds of federal election: one when the government is returned; the other when it is defeated. History tells us the former is far more common.
While the budget appealed to the Coalition's perceived strength on overall economic management, wage growth and climate change are likely to be important during the election campaign.
The opposition aims to put Medicare at the forefront of its campaigning, as it did in 2016. But there is a notable difference.