Malcolm Turnbull Coalition

As luck would have it, Malcolm Turnbull's reverse at the Super Saturday byelections landed just as opinion polls started pointing out a potential path to his re-election.

Not that the government is there yet. Its famous losing run in Newspoll extended to 37 last week, and no other established pollster has run a poll that failed to credit Labor with a two-party lead throughout this period, which began shortly after the 2016 election.