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.
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.
A hard day on the campaign trail.
Mr Rudd gently moved the offending balloon out of the way before declaring: "The Ekka is above politics."
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Swinging voters - you just can't trust them.
If only this wind would stop blowing.
I don't know about you but I really fancy one of these (the sundaes, that is).
The must have campaign accessory these days is a photogenic daughter, dontchaknow.
It's official - Mr Rudd has kissed his first baby (sorry, bub) of the campaign.Back to top
This being Kevin Rudd all babies will henceforth be called "bubs".
Every vote comes with a strawberry sundae.
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.Back to top
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."
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.
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.Back to top