At a time when the Abbott government may have been taking heart from a modest rise in its stocks since the MH17 disaster, a little-noticed poll this week delivered what may have been its most sobering result to date.

Galaxy Research has been conducting federal and state polling for The Courier-Mail on a fairly consistent basis since the early Rudd years, a period spanning the entirety of Labor's recent electoral dark age. Such a poll was published last weekend, and it showed federal Labor leading the Coalition for the first time since November 2009. Nor was this a rogue result -- Labor's 51-49 lead aligned with the existing reading of the BludgerTrack poll aggregate, which encompasses recent state-level data from three different pollsters.