Analysis for The New Daily.

In matching or co-opting some of Labor’s initiatives in the budget, the Government will hope to neutralise the Opposition’s attack and clear the battlefield of all but the key points of differentiation before the election.

The first stanza of this election year will be characterised by political parties trialling election strategies to see which have traction with voters and which are a waste of precious campaign funds.

The Political Weekly: While we were relaxing, our PM decided to take out the trash – starting with one minister.

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