Despite the setbacks, Bill Shorten is still very well-placed compared with Malcolm Turnbull.
It will be months before Labor will know what damage the citizenship crisis might do to it.
Barnaby Joyce received a rousing return to parliament today after the New England byelection.
The opposition failed in an attempt to get a 'job lot' of MPs referred to the High Court.
Labor senator Katy Gallagher has been referred to the High Court over her possible dual citizenship status.
That it has taken more than five months and a compulsory declaration procedure for some MPs' dual citizenship issues to come to light reflects extremely badly on them.
Last year David Feeney beat Greens candidate Alex Bhathal for the Victorian seat of Batman by a whisker.
If David Feeney was found to be ineligible, Labor would be at high risk of losing his Melbourne seat of Batman to the Greens.
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…