History warns us to beware of the fickleness of polls taken mid-term, which tend to be a snapshot rather than a deep reading of the electoral mood.
Another tumultuous week in politics saw the appearance of the "Monash Forum", more speculation about the 30th Newspoll and the Greens proposing a people's bank.
Many among the public will discount Abbott's activities as just his usual trouble-making. The noise, however, reinforces the general impression of a fractured government.
Michael McCormack's challenges include uniting his party behind him, making himself widely known among rural and regional voters, and forging a strong relationship with Malcolm Turnbull.
German chancellor is running out of options to form a viable government.
The Turnbull government is still tying itself in knots over the future of coal, as literally decades of policy turmoil on climate and energy continue to roll on.
More broadly, Pyne's self-indulgence is damaging to Turnbull because it reinforces everything the party's malcontents on the right believe.
Only one in five believe they will be better off from the budget.
Australia shouldn't wade into the post-Brexit politics by supporting an idea to form a trading bloc based on the Commonwealth.
The government's changes to the so called "backpacker tax" will mean these holidaying workers will have less super than other temporary workers in Australia, creating even more inequality.
Labor's superannuation plan shows some promise for budget repair, if the two parties can compromise where it counts.
Just as there were winners and losers in Malcolm Turnbull's ministerial reshuffle at the beginning of the week, there will be frontbench promotions and demotions in the Labor Party in the coming days.
Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne and the Nationals are winners in Malcolm Turnbull's post-election reshuffle, which has promoted only one new conservative Liberal face to the frontbench.
Australia's energy policy has lost its way over the past couple of decades, which is unfortunate because the challenges – to move to a low-carbon economy without high prices – have never been tougher.
Malcolm Turnbull returns to the helm with a wafer-thin majority and a significant element in his government who still oppose climate action - can he defy the odds and serve up some credible policy?
How did the Coalition go from a resounding victory in 2013 to the edge of electoral defeat?
How did the numbers of election 2016 fall across the country? And what seats are still in play?
Even if his government is returned on Saturday, Malcolm Turnbull faces a difficult path in getting his agenda through parliament.
Policies for encouraging research, development and startups are good but both major parties need to move beyond this to help Australia innovate.
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As the world tries to get a handle on what a Brexit means, D-Day looms for both Labor and the Coalition.