For the most part, Wednesday’s head-to-head saw both leaders minimising risks; neither delivered any knockout blows.
Morrison's questions were on Labor's superannuation and negative gearing policies; Shorten's were on Labor policies too, as he challenged Morrison over cancer funding and child care.
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.
No gaffes, no real surprises – the third leaders' debate was a fairly predictable affair, save for the testy conclusion
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten ahead of the People’s Forum debate in Brisbane on Friday.
Inevitably much of the discussion and many of the clashes focused on money and tax – the conflicting arguments have been well rehearsed throughout the campaign.
Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten have agreed to three leaders’ debates – but it took some time to get there.
Research shows that Australians are increasingly tuning out of leaders' debates – just 21% reported watching a debate in 2016, down from 71% in 1993.
A live audience of 30 from marginal seats gave Bill Shorten the marks by 17 to seven.
The innovative online debate was a livelier affair than the turn-off one at the National Press Club earlier in the campaign, though not a big moment of the campaign. It was Bill Shorten who was the nimbler…
In the early days of federal debates – which started in the 1980s – the public attention was much greater than now.
Amid general agreement that the National Press Club leaders’ debate was a turnoff, literally, Malcolm Turnbull has decided to be Mr Digital Man and organise things his way. The government has negotiated…
Bill Shorten is not convinced the budget will be helped by giving the large banks what he says is $7.4 billion in tax cuts.
Are proposed tax cuts giving Australia's largest banks $7.4 billion over the next decade?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten after the leaders’ debate.
Why has the political debate become such an uninspiring event today? It's difficult to find someone political who wants to genuinely argue for their position.
In the Sunday debate, Malcolm Turnbull assumed a loftier pitch while Bill Shorten aimed more directly at ordinary people.
Sunday night’s leaders debate was a disappointment. Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten were over-rehearsed; the content was old ground; the spontaneity was minimal. When a question was too hard they simply…
Who took the points in the first leaders’ debate of the 2016 campaign?
The Conversation’s experts respond to the first Turnbull-Shorten debate with an eye across key policy areas and the leaders’ performances.