The election is shaping up to be a nail-biter, with talk of hung parliaments and a slew of tight contests in seats across the land.

But for the Nationals, the run to May 21 is looking a bit more relaxed. As Geoff Cockfield writes, the party has “good prospects of retaining most, if not all of their House of Representatives seats and gaining an additional senator”.

However in politics, there’s no such thing as totally relaxed. Cockfield gives us an in-depth look at the junior Coalition partner’s campaign and the speed bumps ahead (hello, Matt Canavan and climate change). Barnaby Joyce may be back as leader, but for how long?

And yesterday, Labor launched its campaign in Perth. Michelle Grattan writes that while much could have gone wrong for Labor with Anthony Albanese only just out of isolation after suffering from COVID, in fact it all went smoothly. The opposition leader had a modest swag of well-directed policy sweeteners for key groups, and he made his pitch with energy.

Judith Ireland

Deputy Editor, Politics + Society

The Nationals have good election prospects - but this does not guarantee Joyce’s leadership

Geoff Cockfield, University of Southern Queensland

While the Liberal and Labor parties each face several nail-biting contests, the Nationals have have fewer immediate concerns ahead of May 21.

View from The Hill: Labor strongly ahead in Newspoll and Resolve, as election race enters final half

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Labor’s confidence will be boosted by two polls showing it holding a strong lead, as Anthony Albanese carried off a well orchestrated party launch on Sunday.

Albanese pledges to make gender pay equity a Fair Work Act objective

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Anthony Albanese on Sunday formally launched Labor’s campaign, with promises for low paid women, and aspiring home buyers.

‘High maintenance’ is a red flag on dating apps. Women are still expected to shrink themselves

Lisa Portolan, Western Sydney University

Women don’t want to ‘intimidate’ a man through their photos – but this is just one way they are hiding their true selves.

Using BMI to measure your health is nonsense. Here’s why

Nicholas Fuller, University of Sydney

BMI was created to describe the average man in the 1800s. It shouldn’t be used to predict health.

Are Australians socially inclusive? 5 things we learned after surveying 11,000 people for half a decade

Kun Zhao, Monash University; Liam Smith, Monash University

Our report provides a snapshot of a changing Australia and highlight areas that undermine our unity, well-being, and opportunity to have a ‘fair go’.

Central banks hunt in packs. Here’s why ours ought to be wary about lifting the cash rate

Steven Hail, Torrens University Australia

The best way to manage the economy is though an array of tools. Interest rates are just one.

Why some beaches, including in Queensland, are getting bigger despite rising sea levels

Daniel Harris, The University of Queensland; Dylan Cowley, The University of Queensland; Yongjing Mao, The University of Queensland

This goes against the general understanding of how climate change impacts the coast. So what’s going on?

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    Eleanor Holroyd, Auckland University of Technology; Antje Deckert, Auckland University of Technology; Edmond Samuel Fehoko, University of Auckland; Laumua Tunufai, Auckland University of Technology; Megan Laws, London School of Economics and Political Science; Nayananta Appleton, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Nelly Martin-Anatias, Auckland University of Technology; Nicholas J. Long, London School of Economics and Political Science; Rogena Sterling, University of Waikato; Sharyn Graham Davies, Monash University; Susanna Trnka, University of Auckland

    Community healthcare workers say the price they paid to care for vulnerable patients during the pandemic has been largely ignored. It’s time to recognise their work at the front line.

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    Sarah J MacLean, La Trobe University; Helen Lee, La Trobe University; Kathleen Maltzahn, La Trobe University; Mary Whiteside, La Trobe University

    New technology, big jackpots and rubbery regulation means bingo’s friendly reputation is due for a rethink.

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