And you thought the United States government was going through some kind of shutdown. Well get a grip on yourself and start watching Murdoch's Fox News.
Presumably federal cabinet has changed its mind about imposing a ban on officeholders in the Coalition parties acting as lobbyists. Either that or Alexander Downer is about to step down ...
In the ever-so-polite contest for the leadership of the Labor Party it gets difficult for the two combatants to say anything in public that differentiates them from the opponent.
Very few Labor MPs were on the iSentia list of media mentions this week, as the Abbott government proves the power of a majority.
An influential group of Labor elders has called on leadership contenders Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten to come clean on their plans for party reform. There's plenty more to do, they argue.
Proof that the press release now dominates modern journalism -- the complaints about no more daily updates on boat arrivals.
Albo and McGowan party on in Melbourne (separately) ... it's pens at 30 paces in Brisbane ... guess who's coming to dinner ...
The battle between Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese for the Labor Leadership is ratcheting up. David Feeney will lead Shorten's campaign, pitting him against Mark Butler for "Albo".