Up to now, both government and opposition were anxious to stay in step.
Despite the government's 30th Newspoll loss under Malcolm Turnbull, this week's polls have been a mixed bag for both sides.
The Coalition braces for the next Newspoll, while a redistribution gives Labor reason to smile, and the Batman byelection results are finalised.
Labor has capitulated to pressure to exempt pensioners from its plan to end cash refunds for dividend imputation credits.
Labor retains a 53-47% unchanged two-party lead in the latest Newspoll.
'Super Saturday' had positive spin-offs for both federal leaders, but substantially more for Bill Shorten than Malcolm Turnbull.
The failure to wrest Batman is a big setback for the Greens.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Lawrence Pratchett about this weekend's elections.
There are undoubtedly advantages for unions in terms of access and policy influence by having former officials as MPs.
Both male and female participants were in favour of more women in parliament, and pointed to the value of more diverse opinions than just those of 'middle-aged white male lawyers'.
Labor sources are talking down the chances of Ged Kearney in Batman, though the party is not writing off the seat.
Politics podcast: the Batman byelection battleground.
On Saturday, Labor and Bill Shorten face a major test in the Melbourne seat of Batman.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Adani is being seen as a test of Bill Shorten's commitment to policy integrity versus his willingness to say and do whatever is politically expedient.
The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
Barnaby Joyce's position appears to have been weakened rather than strengthened by his publicity tactic.
The reallocation is short and long Senate terms for Tasmania distorts the 2016 election result.
We are paying more for our health insurance because we are using it more. No crude, short-term measures to restrict premium growth will deal with this fact.
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.
Bill Shorten has taken a further step toward opposing the proposed Queensland Adani coal mine.