Queensland's result reinforces the theory that pandemic conditions favour incumbents. It also deals a blow for One Nation and Clive Palmer.
Thanks to COVID-19, state governments matter now, in ways they haven't for decades.
Neither Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk, nor the Liberal National Party's Deb Frecklington appear to be interested in highlighting the needs and perspectives of women ahead of October 31.
The Queensland opposition wants an 8pm curfew for children under 14 and 10pm for those under 17, in Townsville and Cairns.
COVID-19 is so far proving to be a big advantage for incumbents. Opposition parties are getting little traction when making the case for change.
Some north Queenslanders feel every inch of their distance from the state government in Brisbane. A new party is hoping to tap into that sentiment.
Week two of the Queensland election campaign has been rocked by integrity concerns.
There's a lot more to Queensland than jokes about Meter Maids and faded curtains. The October 31 election will have a bearing on the whole country.
As Labor's Annastacia Palaszczuk and the LNP's Deb Frecklington vie for Queenslanders' votes, leadership, COVID and economic recovery are set to dominate debate.