The election campaign has been diverted towards a controversy around water buybacks in the Murray-Darling.
Despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten agreeing on a campaign ceasefire over Easter, ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull lobs a few unexpected rotten eggs as a gift for Labor, writes Michelle Grattan.
Business lobbyist the Ai Group is urging current senators not to vote for any industrial relations changes if the next federal government introduces them to Parliament before the new senators take office on July 1.
Brandishing a pencil as their weapon of choice, some voters will attempt to slaughter the hopes of the major parties by lodging an "up yours" on their voting ballot — but will the protest vote impact the election outcome?
Do you know your Nats from your Dorothy Dixers? How to spend your sitting days on a backbench? And what's an Antony Green? The "world's least helpful dictionary" may help you navigate an environment some argue has itself descended into caricature.
For Mr Shorten, Easter might act as an eraser to rub out people's memories of a scratchy couple of days in the first week, writes Michelle Grattan.
The highly provocative material includes stunts during the federal election campaign, such as performing in blackface and burning of the Quran, to attract global attention and help Senator Anning.
The surprise South Australian senator will not seek re-election in next month's federal election, saying he cannot commit to being a senator for six years while raising his young family.
When you are posting your last Budget before what feels like it's going to be an electoral defeat, you can afford to be visionary, writes Annabel Crabb.