Phillip Coorey More than one in 10 voters would have voted differently had they known Australia was headed towards a hung parliament, according to a new poll.
Lobbyists are gaining in force - now more than ever, writes Mark Davis.
Michelle Grattan and Tim Colebatch Tony Abbott faces pressure to promise a better deal for regional Australia as he tries to overcome competition between the Nationals and the independents he needs to win over.
Long-time Labor incumbent Arch Bevis has conceded the loss of his Brisbane seat to the Liberal National Party's Teresa Gambaro.
Queensland independent MP Bob Katter is drafting his own list of proposals to take to Labor and the Coalition as talks intensify on forming a minority government.
Brian Robins POWERFUL trade unions have helped scupper the nomination of the Premier's chief of staff, Walt Secord, to join the Legislative Council.
Jacob Saulwick THE Gillard government has ruled out offering the Greens a cabinet position, as sensitive negotiations with independents drag on for another week.
Michael Bachelard Along with the pictures of penises and votes for Albus Dumbledore and Adolf Hitler, ballot papers for last week's federal election were, in their thousands, blank.
Josh Gordon, Peter Munro Andrew Darby The bloc of three rural independents could split and negotiate separately in shaping the next government, amid deep divisions over key policy questions.
Sarah Henderson After a federal poll like no other, The Sunday Age asked Victorian Liberal candidate Sarah Henderson to document her tumultuous week.
Adam Bandt Being the only Green in the house is leading to plenty of attention, Adam Bandt writes.
The Coalition is tantalisingly close to declaring victory in the seat of Brisbane.
Josh Gordon The three rural independents have not ruled out splitting from each other and negotiating separately to form government.
Farrah Tomazin When Julia Gillard called the election six weeks ago, Alexander Eastwood was exactly the kind of voter Labor wanted to attract.
Tim Colebatch The Coalition has won the seat of Brisbane, leaving the two sides deadlocked at 72 seats each, with six crossbenchers holding the balance of power.
Andrew Darby Key independent Andrew Wilkie has put a $1 limit on poker machine bets at the top of a wish list for his meeting with Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne today.
Michael Gordon Tony Abbott was first to stake a claim on the prime ministership in this dead-heat election, even if it was indirect.
Michelle Grattan The small players who are the giants of the moment - Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Bob Katter - are determined to get sweeping parliamentary reform out of the hung result.
Michelle Grattan and Tom Arup Tony Abbott has backed down and agreed to submit opposition policies to Treasury so the crucial country independents can be briefed on costings.
Dan Oakes The new defence minister will come under pressure to scrap Australia's most expensive defence project - the plan to build 12 submarines.