Governments rarely experience a big bounce after budgets - and this year’s seems to be no exception.
Under Peter Gutwein, the Liberals have won a record third term, but without the huge swings to incumbent governments that have been seen in other states.
Peter Gutwein is returned as Tasmanian premier, another incumbent state government winning an election on the back of sound COVID management.
With a state election on Saturday, polls are showing different trends. Meanwhile, vaccine wariness among Australians is growing.
Both Liberal and Labor have had shaky campaigns, but the premier’s gamble that an early poll to capitalise on COVID management is the ticket to another term may well pay off.
After a terrible few weeks, the prime minister’s approval rating has plunged. Meanwhile, a redistribution sees Victoria gain a seat and WA lose one.