And on that note - end of the second week, only three more to go.
But what happened today?
- the Coalition announced that nearly 32,000 asylum seekers already in Australia will never get permanent settlement and will no longer be able to have the right of appeal;
- Coalition leader Tony Abbott went back to the future for the announcement saying "This is our country and we will determine who comes here";
- the Greens say the policy is cruel while Labor says it is won't make any difference to people smugglers;
- Labor announced $30 million for a new oil and gas research centre in Perth; and
- 14,712,799 people have enrolled to vote in the election.
My thanks to you all for reading, commenting and joining me, Alex Ellinghausen and Andrew Meares as we strive to bring you all the news and views from the campaign trail.
We will be back on Monday morning. Have a fantastic weekend.
No reason for posting this other than that it is another beautiful picture from Alex Ellinghausen. Seriously, how good are he and Andrew Meares?
Meanwhile, the Liberal National Party MP for Brisbane, Teresa Gambaro, has posed in front of a sign saying "I'm sexy and I know it".
Oh yes she has. You can read about it here.
Mr Rudd is finishing the afternoon with a shopping centre visit in the Perth suburb of Cannington. The words 'cat' and 'cream' spring to mind.
A total of 14,712,799 people are now enrolled to vote on September 7.
"The electoral roll has increased by over 624,000 since the last election, significantly more than the previous comparable period from 2007 to 2010 when the increase was just over 440,000," Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn announced earlier today.
From the time the election was announced on 4 August until the electoral rolls close on 12 August over 162,000 people enrolled, mostly online.
25,000 people aged between 18 and 24 years enrolled between 2010 and 2013 but there are still 400,000 people in that age group who are eligible to vote but who are not enrolled.
The commission estimates 1.22 people remain unenrolled across all age groups.
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It's good to know Mr Abbott is finishing his campaign week on a positive note. Team Abbott has now flown out of Melbourne bound for Perth.
Mr Rudd was in Perth to announce a new national research centre into something known as "floating systems".
The research centre will look at offshore oil and gas production with a view to attracting investment and creating jobs.
Labor has promised $30 million for the new centre.
More techy coolness from the Fairfax Media interactive/web team.
This time the team has worked up an election map which allows you to look at the demographic make up of electorates using information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It tells you all kinds of things like who does what for a living, the most common household make-up, the average income and so on.
I've been meaning to bring you Michael Leunig's cartoon about the campaign all day. Now seems as good a time as any.
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Some commentary on the Coalition's immigration policy announcement.
Here are Jane McAdam and Ben Saul, professors of international law at the University of NSW and the University of Sydney respectively, on the implications of the decision to strip away people's appeal rights.
Minister for Immigration Tony Burke has rubbished the Coalition's announcement.
"Even though it's irrelevant to whether or not people smugglers have a viable business, they've decided to be mean just for the hell of it," Mr Burke says.
It will not make a "scintilla of difference to anyone running a people smuggling operation", Mr Burke says.
"[Coalition immigration spokesman] Scott Morrison right now wants the boats to keep coming ... They want that for a political reason ... It says a lot about them [the Coalition] ... He enjoys the politics of this far too much."
Mr Burke warns that removing people's right of appeal through the court system will force people to take their complaints to the High Court.
Mr Rudd is asked if his "campaign is going off the rails".
Mr Rudd says he has "no intention of talking about campaign internals".
Why was Mr Rudd asked this? You may like to read the background here.
Mr Rudd says he will refer people with questions about the Coalition's immigration announcement to a press conference being held by Immigration Minister Tony Burke (which I can't watch and relay to you because I'm watching this).
And here is Mr Rudd.
Mr Rudd is being asked about his northern Australia policy.
"On the costings, it's outside the forward estimate," Mr Rudd says but promised that the numbers would be done next year if Labor was returned to government.
"I think our opponents are worried about it [the policy] because they know it's a winner."
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Still waiting for Mr Rudd to do his press conference (just in case you're wondering what happened).
A few things to draw your attention to this lunch hour:
- the Egyptian ambassador has been called to a meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs as further rallies take place in Cairo;
- the Greens want the next federal government to commit an extra $842 million to legal aid funding to fix what it calls the "crisis in access to justice";
- Australia allowed one of Papua New Guinea's most wanted men to enter the country of a 457 skilled worker visa; and
- the education union says public schools in NSW would lose out under a Coalition government.
In today's Breaking Politics segment Liberal MP Wyatt Roy and Labor MP Amanda Rishworth debate the campaign issues of immigration, policy costings and leadership.
In today's episode of Fact Checker economics correspondent Peter Martin looks at the Coalition's claim that the National Broadband Network will cost $94 billion.
What did Peter find? You will have to click here to find out.
The problem with going to public facilities is that the public sometimes turns up.
Mr Rudd has been visiting Perth train station where he was pursued by a gentleman urging him to "Give Tony Abbott a go" (as you can see below). Probably fair to assume Mr Rudd won't take that advice.Back to top