The party that proves the best at juggling economic prowess with fairness will enjoy almost certain electoral victory. The Coalition faces its first test next week.
The latest developments in the union corruption and corporate malfeasance bunfights have cast a shadow over the legitimacy of Malcolm Turnbull’s rush to a double dissolution.
The key election issue will not be union governance, despite what the PM is saying.
Forgoing the double dissolution might sound unpalatable, but some of the increasingly possible alternatives – a hung parliament, no mandate, or even an election loss – are palpably less attractive.
Just six months into a new partnership, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison appear headed for counselling.
Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity has taken another hit in the polls today, and it’s not totally surprising. He might think he’s being nimble over the budget and election timing, but it just looks evasive.
The Political Weekly: Voters can react very badly to discovering their new leader is not the shiny and perfect model expected, but riddled with faults and flaws that renders them only a pale imitation of the political hero that was advertised on the outside of the box.
The Government is playing small target politics while the Opposition is putting its policies on show, and a double-dissolution election is suddenly looking just that little bit more plausible.
Putting aside all the electoral complications, an unseemly rush to the ballot box without an adequate explanation of Malcolm Turnbull’s plans for economic repair would seriously test the public’s trust.
Having won the face-off with Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull now has two more pressing tests to deal with.