The travel of the Coalition's and Labor's leaders during the first week of the federal election campaign shows the electorates the major parties expect will determine who forms government.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to call the federal election on Thursday, urging voters to consider the longer-term impacts of their choices at the ballot box.
The Opposition Leader says Labor is ready for an election campaign whenever the Prime Minister decides to call the poll.
The conservative Nationals MP made 28 trips to the Philippines in four years, spending more time in Manila than Parliament House in 2016 and 2017. But Scott Morrison says it hasn't been happening since he became Prime Minister.
National Party MPs and senators fail in their bid to convince the Federal Government to underwrite a new coal-fired power station for Queensland, with the Coalition opting for other energy sources.
Last week the Australian Labor Party announced a policy on abortion that would have once been regarded as high-risk politics. But even outspoken pro-life conservatives have been restrained.
Bridget McKenzie takes a swipe at her former boss, saying his public statements about a coal-fired power station are "very different" to what is being said in the party room.
Michael McCormack rose to the Nationals' top job in much the same way Steven Bradbury won Olympic gold — an unexpected fall and a open path to the top. But now Barnaby Joyce is back and few know how his power play will end, writes Brett Worthington.