Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to preference Labor ahead of the Greens helps his campaign to undermine the minor parties, but it also suggests Coalition strategists are increasingly confident they have the election in the bag.

With nearly a third of people expected to cast their vote before election day, campaign strategists are tweaking their messages now and giving us an insight into what is biting in marginal seats.

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Gotcha journalism is, in large part, responsible for politicians not being allowed to utter a single unscripted word.

Everything you need to know about Bill Shorten’s campaign and how it will affect you.

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.