The campaign planes are heading off and so will I.
Thank you for your company. Andrew Meares, Alex Ellinghausen and I will be back in the morning for the first day of the second week of the campaign.
Chief political correspondent Mark Kenny has filed this take on the debate - he describes it largely "drab".
The Age's political editor, Michael Gordon, writes in his analysis that both leaders appeared underprepared but that it was not the decisive Mr Rudd needed to reenergise his campaign as he heads into the second week with opinion polls showing he is lagging behind Mr Abbott.
In the first week of the campaign Labor spent a lot of time trying to suggest the Coalition has a secret plan to extend the GST to food (the Coalition has consistently denied this).
In tonight's debate Mr Abbott again denied it was on the agenda. The video is available below.
Abbott rules out raising the GST
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott denies any potential changes to the GST during Sunday night's leaders debate.
Mr Abbott's view of how he went:
Another person who thought he should have been included:
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Both teams are now pulling up stumps bound for goodness knows where.
One week down, four to go.
That might not have been the most robust encounter between Mr Rudd and Abbott but that does not mean they will stop arguing about the format of any further debates during the campaign.
Mr Rudd wants a debate each Sunday night of the campaign. Mr Abbott wants another two meetings but with a more of a town hall, community meeting feel.
At the moment there is no agreement to do anything else.
Labor had a sub campaign regarding same sex marriage ready to go as soon as Mr Rudd made his commitment to the timing of his bill.
It uses one of the most famous Australian political slogan - it's time (the twitter handle is @ItsTimeAus). The bio says: "Never before in Australian history has a Prime Minister stood for marriage equality for all Australians. get behind this campaign to make it happen!"
Same sex marriage is one of the issues on which there is a clear difference between the major parties. I also think it's one of the those issues on which politicians are behind community sentiment.
But is it a vote changer? Labor obviously thinks so because it used the debate to raise the issue.
If you need to look back on the key moments of the debate you can do so here.
Getting back to the notes issue (which illustrates that the debate did not give us a huge amount of new material to discuss) - what is anyone going to do? Disqualify Mr Rudd after the fact?Back to top
Mr Rudd won the "getting back on to twitter fastest" prize:
Legislation for marriage equality within 100 days of the election with full conscience vote. I believe this is the right thing to do. KRudd— Kevin Rudd (@KRuddMP) August 11, 2013
There were 75,000 tweets about the debate as it happened - I love participatory democracy.
The peak moment came at 7.25pm when the discussion about same sex marriage happened. There were 1,952 tweets per minute.
People who watch these things tell me there were 27,000 tweets about Mr Abbott and 20,000 tweets about Mr Rudd.
Was Mr Rudd reading from notes?
Yes, say people inside the venue.
This is against the rules but maybe the rule is silly.
Notes prevent the speaker from looking at the voter (through the camera) and connecting with the voter is about debates such as these are all about.
This goes to either Mr Rudd's preparedness or his nerves.
Mr Abbott did not use notes. He also looked at Mr Rudd more and tried to engage him whereas Mr Rudd either looked down or at the camera.
Well it wasn't exactly a rip snorter was it? (And I'm a fan of debates.) Was there anything in there that would change your mind about your vote?
My two cents' worth - both leaders were solid but nothing more.
Mr Rudd had something a smidge new to say (the timing of a same sex marriage bill) but since he already declared himself in favour earlier this year then that would not come as much of a surprise.
But I thought his deferral on the issue of Sydney airport was silly. Yes, it's not the only airport in Sydney but it is a hugely important issue that has been dragging on for too long.
Mr Abbott did not announce anything but he was consistent and built on the arguments he had made during the past week.
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Mr Rudd ticks off his list of catch phrases - "a new way of politics" and "not putting all our eggs in one basket" when it comes to the economy.
"We believe that the right way forward is to build the new industries of the future," Mr Rudd says, as well as concentrating on education, health, aged care and disability care.
Mr Abbott has had enough of being accused of wanting to increase the GST and having a $70 billion spending black hole.
They are a "fantasy," he says.
And he returns to his top four - a better economy, no more carbon price, no more boats and better infrastructure.
"I believe in our people, I believe in you," Mr Abbott says.
He quotes Robert Menzies: "Australians are lifters, not leaners."
Both leaders are asked if they would legislate for same sex marriage in the next term of Parliament.
Mr Rudd says he would have a bill within the first 100 days of Parliament on gay marriage.
"Folk out there want this to happen," Mr Rudd says.
Mr Abbott repeats his position that revising the Coalition's position would be a matter for the party room.
Mr Abbott accuses Mr Rudd of using the "same waffle" that he used against former prime minister John Howard in the 2007 election.
The next question is about reducing climate change emissions.
Mr Abbott is asked whether the Coalition would reduce emissions beyond the five per cent it has already committed to.
"We will deliver the 5 per cent reduction," Mr Abbott says.
"Climate change is central to Australia's future," Mr Rudd says.
"We will be doing a disservice to our kids and grandkids if we do not act......We never doubted the science, unlike some. What really frightens the hell out of me - to be frank - in my home state of Queensland is the effect on the Great Barrier Reef."
If the rest of the world decided to work together to further reduce emissions, would he follow suit, Mr Rudd is asked.
"We have no alternative than to act collaboratively with the rest of the world," he says.
Both leaders outline their plans for aged care.
Mr Rudd points to the significant changes Labor made in the area - based on recommendations by the Productivity Commission - earlier this year but says more must be done to attract workers into the area.
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