THE DISTILLERY: Election frenzy

Jotters embark on their campaign journey, with one saying Julia Gillard's surprise may give Tony Abbott a boost.

The election is on, creating some sense of uncertainty for business, but also the faintest hint of hope for a debate about our economy. This morning Australia’s business commentators set the scene for a gruelling campaign of almost eight months that will have the economy and the budget front and centre.

Firstly, the political forces that have brought this election call to a head have been analysed almost uniformly by a not-so-small handful of commentators. Here’s The Australian Financial Review’s Jennifer Hewett with her version.

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