IT'S BENNELONG CAMPAIGN

As the week draws to its conclusion and the year of politics nears its end, all eyes have turned to the byelection contest in Bennelong, where the Coalition government is attempting to maintain its absolute majority in the House of Representative by having John Alexander returned as the local member.

Much hinges on the result for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with the government holding off on a cabinet reshuffle ($) until after the outcome is known.