With voters turning away from the two major parties and towards the Greens and micro-parties, it may be time to rethink our entire electoral system.
What is a double-dissolution election? How does it differ from an ordinary election? And why the rush after the budget?
While the nation moves into unofficial election mode, Malcolm Turnbull is quick to emphasise he is still in a governing phase.
Senators will return to Canberra later this month with the expectation that they will give final consideration to the government's industrial relations legislation.
While Labor goes into the election year as underdogs, the party's strategy to win government will capitalise on what it sees as its competitive advantages.
The conventional wisdom is that Bob Hawke's 1984 election was too long and almost disastrous, and therefore not to be repeated. But the times are very different now.