Federal Politics

Election wrap: August 14, 2013

Let's look back at the day that was:

  • the campaign is set to get personal with Labor on the cusp of releasing new ads focussing on Mr Abbott's character;
  • this is based on Mr Abbott's comments from yesterday about a candidate's sex appeal as well as his remarks today about same sex marriage;
  • Mr Abbott blamed the sex appeal comment on a "dad moment";
  • Mr Rudd announced a $209 million vocational education program;
  • both Labor and the Coalition jumped on the anti Greens train after the Coalition said it was the last party that would get its preferences; and
  • both Mr Rudd and Mr Abbott said they did want to form a minority government but were after power in their own right.

My thanks to you for reading, commenting and sharing the campaign trail with us.

Mega thanks to Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen for their wizard like way with photographs.

Until tomorrow.

Magician Andrew Meares has completed his scientific study of the Rudd selfie.

Selfies with KRudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd poses for 'selfies' with school children while campaiging in Cairns last week.

You have to hand it to a man who can fix his hair while being photographed by/with a punter.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visits the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visits the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

A hard day on the campaign trail.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visited the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visited the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mr Rudd gently moved the offending balloon out of the way before declaring: "The Ekka is above politics."

 

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Ekka Brisbane Show  on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Ekka Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Swinging voters - you just can't trust them.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd removes a LNP balloon from a family photo when he visited the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd removes a LNP balloon from a family photo when he visited the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd adjusts his hair after preparing starwberry sundaes at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd adjusts his hair after preparing starwberry sundaes at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

If only this wind would stop blowing.

I don't know about you but I really fancy one of these (the sundaes, that is).

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made stawberry sundaes at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made stawberry sundaes at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

The must have campaign accessory these days is a photogenic daughter, dontchaknow.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the EKKA Brisbane Show with his daughter Jessica on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the EKKA Brisbane Show with his daughter Jessica on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

It's official - Mr Rudd has kissed his first baby (sorry, bub) of the campaign.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd kisses his first baby of the campaign - Harper Florea - at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd kisses his first baby of the campaign - Harper Florea - at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hugs Harper Florea at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hugs Harper Florea at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

This being Kevin Rudd all babies will henceforth be called "bubs".

Every vote comes with a strawberry sundae.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made strawberry sundaes at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made strawberry sundaes at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

My people!

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the EKKA Brisbane Show on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Earlier today Mr Abbott stood by his opposition to same sex marriage saying he respected tradition and did not want to embark on "radical change based on the fashion of the moment".

Mr Abbott told radio host John Laws: "I'm not saying that our culture, our traditions are perfect, but we have to respect them and my idea is to build on the strength of our society and I support, by and large, evolutionary change.

Reporters Daniel Hurst and Heath Aston have more.

Labor plans to put Coalition leader Tony Abbott's character at the centre of the election campaign after a third stumble by Mr Abbott in as many days.

Heath Aston - who is travelling with Kevin Rudd - reports that Labor strategists believe Mr Abbott's recent comments show him as stuck in the past and someone who young people in particular would have trouble identifying with.

Despite Mr Rudd's comments about wanting an end to negative politics Labor is poised to release new television ads contrasting Mr Abbott's old fashioned views and painting Mr Rudd as a man of the future.

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Labor leader Kevin Rudd is about to arrive at the Ekka in Brisbane (which is something akin to the Royal Easter Show).

Maybe he is waiting for Coalition frontbencher Julie Bishop to finish her campaigning duties so as to avoid any crossover? (Ms Bishop is campaigning with Teresa Gambaro, the Liberal National Party MP for Brisbane.)

As photographer Andrew Meares put it: "It's a selfapallooza kind of day."

 

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the St Mary's Trade Training Centre in Cairns on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the St Mary's Trade Training Centre in Cairns on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

I sense that the day is going to end up with all sorts of fun and frivolous show photos so let me point you in the direction of some weightier stuff before that ends.

Education reporter Daniel Hurst has written about Labor's discovery that it is unable to walk away from more than $2 billion in cuts to higher education and student support outlined in the May budget. However Higher Education Minister Kim Carr has succeeded in getting action on the controversial new cap on education expense tax deductions.

The Sydney Morning Herald's redoubtable economics editor, Ross Gittins, accuses both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott of trying to get away with making as few commitments to anyone as possible.

Former Mediawatch host turned columnist for The Age, Jonathan Holmes, looks at the continuing snarkiness between Kevin Rudd and media company News Corp.

 

Rudd adviser Eamon Fitzpatrick and Abbott adviser James Boyce cross paths on the tarmac in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Rudd adviser Eamon Fitzpatrick and Abbott adviser James Boyce cross paths on the tarmac in Brisbane on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

A moment of brief bipartisan bonhomie as the travelling Labor and Coalition cavalcades cross paths on the Brisbane tarmac.

Team Coalition is outward bound (we've heard the last of them for the day) and Team Labor is inward bound on its way to the Brisbane Ekka.

Regular readers might remember that I was surprised to learn Labor was not particularly interested in Tony Abott's "sex appeal" remarks when he first made them yesterday.

Labor leader Kevin Rudd has since come out and criticised Mr Abbott and the Coalition is busy laughing off the comments.

My colleague Judith Ireland was similarly interested in Labor's reaction yesterday and how different it might have been if Julia Gillard was still prime minister.

Judith has written this piece in which she wonders how sincere Labor was in its campaign against sexism and misogyny.

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