Day has an opportunity to shape FFP as the 'sensible' right of centre alternative for conservative voters disillusioned with the Abbott Government.
Two examples of how reactive short-term political thinking damages our long-term national interest emerged at the weekend.
The Australian government, intoxicated by secrecy, will have another reason to move further into the dark.
From what we know of Tories and what we have seen of their current activities, the aim is the creation of a pool of unemployed or people in insecure employment, who are not protected by unions.
South Australian political historians coined the phrase 'Playmander' to describe the phenomenon that saw Sir Thomas Playford retain office as Premier from 1938 until 1965 despite 'losing' the popular vote on a number of occasions.
South Australia faces a time for a change election, but this change may be smothered by doubts about the Liberal leader, and the overwhelming expectation that the Libs are going to win the election.
Tasmanian voters don't need to understand the details of forest lock-ups because they can see the consequences.
Humans are considered impure vandals when compared to the kind of nature idolisation that one would normally find in a William Wordsworth poem.
Both illustrate what you can expect from a Greens/Labor Left dominated state/territory Government, and the leverage in being a swinging state.
The plan is to parachute Cameron Dick into Woodridge, and this makes it not impossible that Newman's could be a one-term government.
The 'Cando' man has to rediscover 'doing' and forget about trying to be likeable, and he has to focus on what he is achieving whilst comparing and contrasting with Labor.
Taking account of Kevin Rudd's personal vote, the Liberal Party should have won Griffith.