The results of the so-called ‘Super Saturday” by-elections did not deliver the Coalition the victories some political pundits were tipping - at least in Longman. The South-east Queensland electorate is a marginal seat where most voters are retired.
The by-elections have also dampened speculation about a change in ALP leadership and of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling an early general election.
But does the Coalition risk losing office due to its plans for corporate tax cuts for the so-called “top end of town”? Or is the concerted campaign to raise alarm over Labor’s plan to abolish cash refunds for shareholders’ unused dividend imputation credits enough to keep the government in power?