Where was the former barrister who could hold forth in Parliament so well? Or the former union leader, whose stump speeches could rally the troops? Instead we got safe and stilted talking points.

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Everything you need to know about Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign and how it will affect you.

The AFP raids were a flashpoint for progressives who are increasingly unhappy with Malcolm Turnbull. But while they may be punishing him in the polling, many other voters would have been left nonplussed by the events of last week.

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The AFP raids were a flashpoint for progressives who are increasingly unhappy with Malcolm Turnbull. But while they may be punishing him in the polling, many other voters would have been left nonplussed by the events of last week.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seen during an event at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, May 13, 2016 during campaigning before the July 2 federal election.  AAP/Lukas Coch/via REUTERS

It may not look like it at times, but election campaigns are planned to the tiniest level of detail. Yet they can be easily derailed by an unexpected appearance by a ghost or two from the past, as we dramatically saw this week. A calendar of campaign events and announcements is developed months before the […]

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The beginning of the campaign was all education, healthcare, negative gearing and badly behaved banks. That’s Labor territory — so it took a far-right Abbottista to bring the conversation back to solid Coalition ground.

The power of women voters cannot, and should not, be underestimated. Hell hath no fury like a female voter scorned.

Whether his new found support of the re-election of the Turnbull government is genuine or not, Tony Abbott should find it easier to play nice now that his former chief of staff Peta Credlin has joined the flock of political commentators circling for election campaign carrion.

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Both leaders had their share of campaign challenges this week, but only one seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself despite the turbulence.

Preference deals serve many agendas. When it comes to the allocation of preferences at Australian elections, no party can claim to have clean hands.