The party that proves the best at juggling economic prowess with fairness will enjoy almost certain electoral victory.

The key election issue will not be union governance, despite what the PM is saying. For The New Daily.

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.

The Political Weekly: The Opposition has the week from Hell while the PM looks to turn back the Turnbulls.

The Greens like to differentiate themselves by describing the major parties as obsolescent, but their push for Senate voting changes show they too have become part of the mouldering establishment.

And then there was one. In the Senate, at least. Palmer United Party’s Glenn Lazarus announced overnight that he’d left PUP to become an independent, leaving the party with only one vote in the upper house. Lazarus made the announcement via Facebookand Twitter just after midnight, noting this was a difficult decision and hinting at irreconcilable differences with party leader […]

Nick Xenophon has emerged as the go-to man for striking a deal with the Senate crossbench. Article for The New Daily.

The motley crew of independent, micro and minor party senators has been a constant headache for the Abbott Government and one that it must come to terms with in 2015.

Whether it has been solving the mystery of the missing parliament house cafeteria pool tables in Senate Estimates, giving the Coalition grief in Parliament, or working tirelessly to rid his own party of the scourge of corruption, Faulkner has earned the respect of many political operators and observers. Post for The Hoopla.