By Janine Perrett

It's on.

The election that is.

Even though it has not officially been called, it is on.

So a few points to make about where we are at after yesterday's esoteric electoral maneuvering.

1. Why is everybody so shocked and surprised that the PM has warned of a double dissolution election on July 2 - the newspapers and media have been full of that speculation for weeks now. The fact that the PM used some obscure technical section of the constitution to recall Parliament early has the political pundits gasping, and the electorate yawning. Do most people even know, or care, what prorogue means?

2. Ditto the budget being brought forward a week. Big deal. Budgets were held in August when I started out in this game a quarter of a century ago. They moved a couple of times. The world did not end. A week is neither here nor there.

3. Given that why on earth is there so much debate about whether the Treasurer knew the new date or not? Scott Morrison went on his regular weekly spot with shock jock Ray Hadley only minutes before the PM announced the new date, claiming it would still be on May 10. Big deal. Even if he knew, he could not have answered. He should not have been doing the interview but after being admonished for cancelling last time is obviously too scared to reschedule so that is what happens. If he didn't know he should stop whining behind the scenes and fuelling media stories of how he was "emasculated by the PM". 

Mr Morrison should concentrate on doing a better job as Treasurer than worrying about his personal PR.

5. Despite Point 1, the press gallery were hailing Mr Turnbull's move yesterday as some kind of genius stroke - "hopeless ditherer to decisive leader in masterful move" read one particularly gushing SMH headline. Fact is, he was probably never as bad as they portrayed after just six months in the job and he is not as magnificent as some are now portraying. Somewhere in the middle is Malcolm.

6. Given the sudden reversal in media perception and that flattering press, it is no shock this his bitter predecessor rushed to get his head up and try and rain on Malcolm's parade yesterday. There was Tony Abbott beamed in live from London last night to remind people of his own great achievements and claim that his successor would be running on his, Abbott's, fine record.

Unfortunately, he claimed the election was all about stopping the boats, the carbon tax and free trade agreements.

In other words, Mr Abbott was fighting the LAST election rather than looking forward as the new PM is all about.

7. Mr Abbott also attacked five taxes that Labor would be implementing but the only problem is that two of them, superannuation and tax excise might just be part of the Government's as yet unannounced tax plan which shows just why the former PM should really move further away than London.

8. Mr Turnbull will be fighting not just the opposition in this election but obviously Mr Abbott and his forces, and maybe even Mr Morrison who is obviously not in either camp.

9. It is manna for the media, but the electorate just wants it over.