Unexpectedly in opposition, Labor can't win right now – it can only cope as best it can.
The next set of instructions handed to the Reserve Bank will have to be realistic. That might mean a big change.
The new Labor leader is from the party's left wing, which the government and some media will try to exploit. But Anthony Albanese's way through this is with policies and leadership.
After waiting eight months for the government response to a major report on regional Australia, the outcome has been underwhelming, sticking to the same old ideas.
A minority government would not mean the government would fall - but it would make governing more difficult.
The federal government's the stubborn commitment to coal is pulling the government’s economic policy towards the sort of state socialism it is supposed to abhor.
The stand-off between the Morrison government and one of the country's largest unions, the CFMMEU, should be seen as a contest of politics and ideology rather than simply one of industrial relations.
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.