The Australian public have a healthy cynicism about politics.
They reckon that politicians are all much the same and nothing much that they do comes as any surprise. Naturally if there is a bit of scandal in the air then, if they have time, they might follow the latest controversy.
But despite the usual cacophony, the electorate are not so stupid as to think that the latest evidence of the misdemeanours or otherwise of politicians is more important than what is happening about the economy. The economy is what really counts because it affects the hip-pocket nerve; jobs and living standards.