A certain smugness. Maybe it's just relief at no longer looking as if they are facing the near annihilation that the pollsters were indicating last year, but there does seem to be a certain smugness creeping into the attitude of the Coalition with two weeks to go in this election campaign. It is a dangerous thing to happen and the opposition leader Tony Abbott is more to blame than anyone. He just cannot bring himself to consistently play the role of the battling underdog. Even if he occasionally remembers to say it his body language is increasingly that of a man who fancies he will soon be prime minister.

Maybe some real debate. They will be appearing one after the other and not alongside each other, but perhaps that means that the forum being planned by The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday in Sydney will actually result in some real debate. Goodness knows we could do with it. Anyway, my congratulations to the Tele for trying.