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Contrary to expectations, Victoria failed to deliver a government majority to Labor. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Queensland and Tasmania win it for the Coalition

The Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon were always going to be key elements of a Coalition victory – and so it proved to be.
If Labor had won on Saturday, Bill Shorten would have been the least popular party leader ever elected prime minister, according to election data. Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor’s election loss was not a surprise if you take historical trends into account

Election data suggests the Coalition's victory wasn't so surprising after all – long-term trends pointed toward a Labor loss, given the various factors in play in this election.
The betting market puts the chance of a Labor victory at about 77% nationally. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: odds on for a Labor win, but don’t bet on it

Recent polling suggests the race is tightening. Then again, opinion polling suggested the recent Victorian state election would also be a close affair and it turned out to be a Labor landslide.
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State of the states: will Whelan disendorsement make a difference in Tasmania?

It remains to be seen whether the Liberals' campaign woes in Lyons will have any impact on the neighbouring battleground seats of Bass or Braddon, which recent polls suggest the Liberals could regain.
After much back-and-forth over the logistics of the third debate, Shorten and Morrison finally faced off at the National Press Club, moderated by Sabra Lane. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten and Morrison make their final cases in third leaders’ debate: our experts respond

No gaffes, no real surprises – the third leaders' debate was a fairly predictable affair, save for the testy conclusion
Shorten, tears welling at times, addressed the matter at great length in his Wednesday morning news conference. Lukas Coch/AAP

View from The Hill: Shorten turns Daily Telegraph sledge to advantage

The Daily Telegraph story with the headline “Mother of Invention” backfired, handing Shorten the opportunity of a powerful moment on the campaign trail and drawing criticism even within News Corp.
Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Deputy Leader of the Labor party Tanya Plibersek at the end of the Labor Party campaign launch in Brisbane on Sunday. Lukas Coch/AAP

View from The Hill: Lots of ministry spots to fill if Morrison wins, while many Shorten ministers would return to a familiar cabinet room

The reason we know more about a post-election Labor ministry is that most of its occupants are already “shadowing” the jobs they'd hold.

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