If the primary votes in Newspoll were replicated at the South Australian election, SA-BEST would probably win a clear majority of lower house seats.
The win in Saturday's byelection was a crucial fillip for Malcolm Turnbull, who has finished a rocky year on a relative high – one he will hope continues into the new year.
The easy win for John Alexander in the Bennelong byelection restores the Coalition's two-seat majority in the House of Representatives.
John Alexander won the seat of Bennelong after a fiercely contested byelection, and declared it 'the renaissance' of Malcolm Turnbull's leadership.
The stakes in Saturday's Bennelong byelection could hardly be higher.
Doug Jones has won a tough battle to represent Alabama in the US Senate; meanwhile, the crucial byelection in Bennelong is neck-and-neck, with huge implications for the government if it loses.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian poltiics.
It will be months before Labor will know what damage the citizenship crisis might do to it.
If the Nationals as a party moved to support an inquiry, Malcolm Turnbull would be left deeply embarrassed.
Malcolm Turnbull may say that the Queensland election was decided on state issues, but there are plenty of lessons for the federal LNP in the results.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in Australian politics.
What on earth was Julie Bishop thinking when she declared she'd support a 'formal investigation' into this week's damaging cabinet leak?
Malcolm Turnbull's tactic of cancelling the House of Representatives' sitting next week is a short-sighted decision that smacks of lack of nerve.
The polls are showing a close contest in the Bennelong byelection between the Liberals' John Alexander and Labor's Kristina Keneally.
If Kristina Keneally could wrest Bennelong once again for Labor, the opposition would inflict a massive blow on the Coalition.