The controversy over the water purchase is based on an old story; the election has enabled it to be resurrected for a powerful fresh spin around the political circuit.
The latest Murray-Darling Basin scandal calls into question whether the government is using public money wisely.
Some from the Queensland LNP, including Matt Canavan, and Barnaby Joyce, are screaming for Environment Minister Melissa Price to act; southern Liberals are praying she doesn't.
For the federal Liberals, the night was a vital morale booster, though the result had been determined mostly on state factors.
Leigh Sullivan speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
One of the Nationals' key KPIs for McCormack has been that he must successfully pressure Morrison for the government to underwrite coal-fired generation.
The former prime minister has changed his mind yet again on the Paris targets, this time because he is under pressure in his seat of Warringah.
Barnaby Joyce on facing the drought and rural women.
Some in the Nationals would like Barnaby Joyce back in the leadership before the election. Joyce says if the leadership were offered, he would be up for it - though he insists he is not canvassing.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nick Klomp.
There's a fine line between being out and about and canvassing. Just being visible is all that's needed at this stage of a bid. And Joyce doesn't hide his ambitions for a return.
The National Party has been unable to reach a verdict on a complaint by Catherine Marriott that Joyce sexually harassed her,
While there is no evidence that Abbott and Joyce have accepted a salary for their special envoy roles, an offer of payment, if there was one, could cause them problems.
Grattan talks with Deep Saini about Husar's announcement she will not contest the next election, Joyce's book, and the hotly debated National Energy Guarantee.
Turnbull is weaving the extraordinary saga of this first term MP into the government's familiar narrative about Shorten - that he doesn't tell the truth and his workers-friend credentials are phoney.
Politics podcast: Barnaby Joyce at his provocative best.
Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he could cross the floor on the federal legislation associated with the National Energy Guarantee. “Of course I could,” he says.
The audit also examined Joyce's claims between May 9 2016 and December 31 2017. It found all were within the rules.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
As the Joyce saga continued to suck political oxygen in the wake of Sunday's TV interview with Joyce and partner Vikki Campion, he rejected speculation that he might not contest his New England seat.
The Seven Network paid a reported $150,000 for the interview which Joyce and Campion are putting into a trust fund for Sebastian, who was born in April.
It's been another colourful week in federal politics, highlighted by Greg Hunt's swearing, the Barnaby Joyce saga taking yet another turn, and One Nation falling apart at the seams.