One paradox of leaders of personality parties is that while they attract voters and so can get others elected, this can be their downfall, because they are by nature loners not team people.
The recent elections in Tasmania, South Australia and the byelection in Batman have left an impression that the advance of the minor parties has stalled. This is not necessarily the case.
While Labor lost in South Australia it was far from a disaster, and new Liberal premier Steven Marshall will need to move quickly to ensure he does not test voters’ patience.
After 16 years in government, the Liberals oust Labor in South Australia – but the biggest disasters of the night were Nick Xenophon and SA-BEST, with Xenophon not even winning his seat.
While many soft voters didn’t think Labor deserved re-election, they were hesitant about the Liberals under Steven Marshall.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Politics podcast: the “X factor” in the South Australian election.
Labor is pitching for a fifth term in South Australia.
Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best slumps while Labor fights the ‘It’s time’ factor in the lead-up to the South Australian election.