Has the federal election campaign jumped the shark?

It's been a strange week

By Erin Mathews. Election Watch Journalist

Each week we're publishing a short video of where the leaders have been and what they've been doing on the campaign trail.

Week 6: Which politician is poised to defeat his Hollywood rival?

We've nearly made it to the end of the federal election campaign - there are only two weeks to go - but has the campaign jumped the shark? Watch the video to find out about a week that had jokes about guns and some A+ trolling.

Week 5: What does Taylor Swift have to do with it?

There are only three weeks left! Things are getting serious, with week five bringing fascinating poll news, gaffes and Taylor Swift's first (and hopefully not final) appearance this campaign.

Week 4: Rats mark the halfway point of the campaign

As week four of the 2016 federal election campaign draws to a close, the Election Watch team celebrates reaching the hump weekend of the campaign with a look at where our leaders have been this week and what they've been patting.

Week 3: How does what voters are talking about match up to politicians?

At the end of week three, Dr Andrea Carson has tracked the electorates where our political leaders are focusing their campaigns and discusses the most talked about issues on Facebook.

Understanding the election campaign:

Our Frequent Flyers map tells a story common to recent federal campaigns, which is that Australia’s more volatile electorates, those most likely to change parties, are mainly concentrated in New South Wales and Queensland. This is why we are seeing the party leaders spending much of their time travelling up and down the Australian east coast.

Of course, the two major political parties are aiming to win the magic number of 76 of the total 150 lower house seats. But complicating matters is that four rather popular lower house crossbenchers are recontesting: the Greens’ Adam Bandt in the seat of Melbourne, Tasmania’s Andrew Wilkie in Denison, Cathy McGowan in the Victorian seat of Indi, and Queensland’s Bob Katter, who holds the seat of Kennedy.

To add another level of unpredictability to the vote outcome, Senator Nick Xenophon is running a team of lower house candidates in four states (so far): Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia. South Australia will be hotly contested by the Xenophon Team as it is running a candidate in every one of the state’s 11 lower house seats. Worth watching are Matt William’s seat of Hindmarsh, Christopher Pyne's eastern suburbs seat of Sturt and the Adelaide hills-based seat of Mayo, held by Jamie Briggs. The Liberal Party currently holds six South Australian seats compared to Labor's five.

For all the details, watch the videos!

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