In the first week of the campaign, we asked six Australian politics experts to take us on a trip around the country, looking at the seats, candidates and issues to watch out for. What has happened since?

In the final week, our experts return to look at the state of the states. Yes, cost of living and climate change are big issues all around Australia, but once again there are different battles on different issues, everywhere you look.

In Queensland, Paul Williams writes a surge in Greens support could see them pick up a seat in the House of Representatives, while polling still puts Labor behind in the state, two-party-preferred.

In South Australia, Rob Manwaring says the focus remains on the key marginal seat of Boothby, but other seats are suffering as a result (will there be payback for the Liberal Party?). Both major parties are campaigning their political hearts out in Western Australia, and in Tasmania no one is yet willing to call the ultra-marginal, ultra-crucial seat of Bass.

Meanwhile, the teal independents continue to make Liberal candidates and party officials nervous in affluent areas of Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

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State of the states: six politics experts take us around Australia in the final week of the campaign

Paul Williams, Griffith University; John Phillimore, Curtin University; Mark Rolfe, UNSW Sydney; Michael Lester, University of Tasmania; Rob Manwaring, Flinders University; Zareh Ghazarian, Monash University

In the first week of the campaign we journeyed around the country with a team of politics experts. Now we retrace our steps to look at what’s happened since.

Super for housing or the government as a co-owner: how Liberal and Labor home-buyer schemes compare

Steven Hamilton, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

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Michelle Baddeley, University of Technology Sydney

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