THE NUMBERS GAME

Today's Guardian/Essential poll has the Coalition down 46-54 to Labor, just one point better than yesterday's Newspoll. Like that poll, it found Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's personal rating is down, though it still has him ahead of Bill Shorten in the preferred PM measure by a healthy 12 points.

The PM's task is being made difficult by section 44's slow whittling of the parliament. Yesterday, it was the crossbenchers caught up, with scrutiny turning to Jacqui Lambie's Scottish born father. The Tasmanian Senator is expected to receive formal advice from the UK Home Office on her citizenship status today. Senator Cory Bernardi told the ABC last night that "[Lambie has] been telling people that the results aren't going to be good for her".