The media thought the Greens had the Higgins stitched up: no Labor candidate, lots of climate change talk, Libs leadership spill. Too bad the zealous morally superior Greens underestimated the intelligence of the electorate, says departed Higgins MP Peter Costello.
There seemed to be much confusion and mashing of facts by political spectators about the Higgins by-election, says Possum Comitatus. Will no one check the facts and figures on voter numbers before making big claims?
All the politics writers have been trying to draw implications for the federal election from the Bradfield and Higgins byelections. But in safe Liberal seats with no Labor candidates, the obvious happened, writes Antony Green.
Abbott's frontbench, climate change, oil. Crikey readers get fired up. Must be a full moon or something...
The Australian Sex Party has exploded onto the political sphere, thanks to getting over 3% of votes in both the Higgins and Bradfield byelections. And they aren't just dirty sexy fun, writes Mel Campbell.
Crikey readers weigh in on the Higgins by-election, women in the theatre, the possibilities of tax reform and all the other big issues of the day.
The Greens' candidate in the weekend's Higgins by-election, Clive Hamilton, reflects on the successes and failures of his climate change-focussed campaign.
The Australian's commentators were out in force this morning to announce the return of the Abbott through the city gates -- shouting heahs and hosannas, with Dennis Shanahan back in his happy place.
From Saturday's by-election results, it appears that much of the damage from the Liberal Party's switch on climate change looks likely to be concentrated where it can't do them much harm.
Green-voting social commentators like The Age's Catherine Deveny may mock Tony Abbott and the Melbourne suburban heartland of Chadstone, but they both proved her wrong in the weekend's by-elections, says Glenn Milne.