Unlike Tony Windsor in 2016, none of Barnaby Joyce's New England byelection opponents had the resources to run a strong campaign.
While the government improved compared with the previous poll, this is the 24th consecutive Newspoll the Coalition has lost in two-party terms.
Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has been returned to parliament with a big swing toward him in his New South Wales seat of New England.
Malcolm Turnbull has faced an extraordinary attack from NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro.
Labor looks set to win the Queensland election with a bare majority. And while same-sex marriage has passed the Senate, the strong support in regional areas has surprised some commentators.