Yes, Australia is turning away from the hard-right. Yes, the federal government is in chaos. But Labor and the Greens can hardly sit back and assume a 2019 federal election win.
The government is trying to avoid parliament sitting as much as possible before next year's election. That's partly because it has nothing for parliament to do.
Good morning, early birds. US voters are preparing to head to the polls for the crucial midterm elections, the Australian government is considering splitting next year's federal election, and a runaway ore train is derailed in WA. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
With continuing jobs growth and a commodity price boom, a Turnbull government would have been well-placed to go to the polls and win an unlikely victory.
After One Nation HQ pulled the plug on the party's run at this year's Victorian state election, prominent party member Pat Loy decided to rescind her life membership.