Popular wisdom holds that conservatives manage the economy better than their progressive counterparts, but recent data from the US and Australia does not bear this out.
Longer campaigns suggest the government is confident in its ability to debate the issues, but also give it more chances to get caught out.
Once again the US-AUD exchange rate has monetary policymakers worried.
Both the US and Australia face a global economy that is in deep, deep trouble.
Inequality is now centre stage in policy debate.
This week: a range of confidence measures, from not great to interesting for Australia; ECB confirms negative rates and further stimulus.
The Reserve Bank of Australia has created a new index for uncertainty in the Australian economy based on news, financial indicators and economic variables.
This week: the Australian economy exceeds expectations, while China continues to worry. RBA Governor Glenn Stevens has reason to smile, Janet Yellen less so.
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen told journalists that since the last federal election, the government has had spending as a percentage of GDP at GFC levels. Is that right?
The Coalition government will retain power if it can convince both business and voters it understands Australia's economic challenges.
Australia is not Greece. There is no budget emergency in the sense of a patient flat-lining on the operating table. But Australia is like someone who is obese, unfit, and eating too much cheese.
The economic news of the week wasn't that bad - but there's still plenty of timid types around.
The gains from modest tax reform are not likely to be a revolution in Australia.
Federal treasurer Scott Morrison said that expenditure as a share of the economy under this government is falling, not increasing. Is that right?
Low inflation gives the RBA scope to cut rates in coming months but a lot will turn on whether we continue to see persistently weak GDP growth.
This week delivered more evidence that advanced economies are suffering from secular stagnation, hampering any real growth.
The key events that made the business community laugh, cheer and despair in 2015.
The experts' take on Scott Morrison's first mid-year economic update.
The collaboration required to foster more startups would benefit from a national system of entrepreneurship.
Too often the government's economic plans have relied on overly optimistic expectations of future growth.