Bad polls? What bad polls? The Liberals are ebullient in Ballarat -- but Palmer hopes to throw a spanner in the works. Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.
With less than a month before the Victorian state election, polls indicate the state government's popularity is still suffering from Hockey's ill-received budget.
The coalition deal is off in the rural Victorian seat of Euroa, with a Lib taking on former Baillieu staffer and Nationals candidate Stephanie Ryan. Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.
Yes, things are looking dire for Denis Napthine's Coalition government in Victoria. But there are a few things that could give it hope.
BHP staff taken by surprise by demerger news ... Bob Day goes with Sussan ... Letters falling off a cliff ...
Three Coalition premiers are running the east coast states. A Crikey analysis of their economies shows Barry O'Farrell is streets ahead, while Victoria marks time and Queensland is in the doldrums.
Even Denis Napthine could not take political oxygen away from the PM, whose widely derided Rooty Hill visit seems to have paid off.
Tony Abbott is right -- there is a big difference between the oustings of Kevin Rudd and Ted Baillieu. The Labor Party had a decent alternative, writes freelance writer and electoral analyst Stephen Luntz.