So far immigration has not had a prominent place in the campaign, but Scott Morrison will try to change that on Sunday.
Clive Palmer was in the news this week after the Newspoll that showed that his United Australia Party could change the result in marginal seats in several states.
West Australian voters need convincing that the Coalition will be better than Labor at managing the economy. Meanwhile, the Queensland seat of Dickson has already descended into personality politics.
Sloganeering has always been integral to elections, but this kind of messaging risks adding to the problem of voter disengagement.
There are generally two kinds of federal election: one when the government is returned; the other when it is defeated. History tells us the former is far more common.
While the budget appealed to the Coalition's perceived strength on overall economic management, wage growth and climate change are likely to be important during the election campaign.
The opposition aims to put Medicare at the forefront of its campaigning, as it did in 2016. But there is a notable difference.
The Labor Party has signalled that equality and fairness will form the centrepiece of its policy framework - but there will be challenges to that if it wins office in May.
As debate begins over what living wages mean for Australian workers, it is a good time to consider a global living wage.
Weak economic data and sluggish wages have contributed to the Coalition's poor showing in the latest Newspoll, which gives Labor a 54-46 lead on two-party preferred.
Schools funding doesn't pass the playground test of fairness: state schools get less government funding than governments themselves say the schools need.
Bill Shorten is committed to an Australian head of state, but it will likely take lost priority to constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
If Bill Shorten becomes the next prime minister, his government is likely to be more preoccupied with economic inequality than the Hawke or Keating Labor governments.
As Australians' trust in politicians continues to slide, whoever wins the 2019 will need to work hard to restore it if it has any hope of bringing about genuine reform.
A Queensland Galaxy poll taken at the same time shows a healthier lead for Labor - but more polls are needed to determine any trends in voting ahead of the federal election.
The latest polls show Labor holding a solid lead over the Coalition, while seat polls show that Tony Abbott may struggle to retain his Sydney seat.
Any good political spin doctor employs a range of overt and covert tactics to get their message across. Here are some of the most common ones.
While the latest Newspoll gave the Morrison govenrment a welcome boost, it will need to avoid the "February slump".
The latest Fairfax-Ipsos and Essential polls give a strong lead to Labor, with some interesting – and variable - detail on the attributes voters see in the leaders of the two major parties.
Labor has made a substantial commitment to tackling inequality in Australia, but has taken a second-best approach to overcoming the huge shortfall of social housing.