Okay - the end of another day. What happened?
- Team Abbott was in Brisbane and the Gold Coast while Team Rudd was in Sydney;
- Kevin Rudd promised Labor would take Australia a little bit closer to a high speed rail network;
- Tony Abbott promised the Coalition would suspend and review protected marine areas;
- Mr Abbott also said the Coalition would release its policy costings this week; and
- Greens leader Christine Milne has rejected the suggestion the Coalition would have a mandate to repeal the carbon price.
Thanks, as always, for your company throughout the day.
(PS. I will not be here tomorrow but Jacqueline Maley will anchor the coverage. Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen will also be on deck. I"ll be back on Wednesday.)
Meanwhile, on other uses for boats, the Indonesian government is none too happy with the Coalition's boat buyback plan.
"This is really a crazy idea, unfriendly, derogatory and it shows lack of understanding in this matter," Mahfudz Siddiq, the head of Indonesia's parliamentary commission for foreign affairs, said earlier today.
I would just like to point out that I was very self restrained in the fishing related puns department just then.
Mr Abbott tells the crowd: "Almost all of us at some time in our lives have been fishermen or fisherwomen. Some of my happiest early memories are of fishing on the Gold Coast with my granddad....I cherish those times and I want every Australian far into the future to have the opportunity to fish if that's his or her choice."
Mr Abbott promises that a Coalition government would suspend the recently declared protected marine areas.
"Who hasn't dangled a line over a tinnie," Mr Abbott says.
Team Rudd has finished for the day.
Team Abbott, on the other hand, has made a quick stop at the Australian Fishing Trade Show on the Gold Coast.Back to top
One of the undercurrents of the campaign has been the treatment Labor has received at the hands of News Corp newspapers.
Tom Watson, the British Labour MP who helped blow the whistle of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, is in Australia to discuss News Corp's coverage of the Australian campaign.
In case you weren't able to watch the Google Hangout with Greens leader Christine Milne I now have a report to direct you to about her comments including Senator Milne's rejection of the suggestion that a Coalition government would have a mandate to repeal the emissions trading scheme.
And in other matters Green the down and dirty battle for the seat of Melbourne continues with Labor threatening to take Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt to the electoral commission for "false and misleading information".
Bit more discussion about the Coalition's paid parental leave policy.
This time it is courtesy of Tim Lester's Breaking Politics show and it features Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer and Labor MP Andrew Leigh.
PPL under pressure
The Coalition is well ahead in the polls, but Labor's attacks on their paid parental leave scheme may well be cutting through. Liberal Kelly O'Dwyer and Labor's Andrew Leigh discuss the state of play.
Google has done some electrickery to work out what issues are of most interest to people. It looked at issues such as the economy, health care, broadband, marriage equality, climate change, education and families over the past twelve months.
Victorians were interested in education, health, families and marriage equality while NSW people wanted to find out about the economy, broadband and families.
South Australians went for education, health and climate change while Tasmanians went for climate change, marriage equality and broadband.
Queenslanders and West Australians had one thing on their minds - the economy.
In which Coalition leader Tony Abbott examines the brain of a mouse. No, I did not make that up.Back to top
Our intrepid reporters on the campaign trail have filed their observations about the morning's events.
Then again, maybe not (see 12.09pm post).
And in today's Fact Checker segment - economics correspondent Peter Martin looks at Labor's claim that a Coalition government would cut 20,000 public service jobs.
Or watch the video below.
Slashing the public service
Tony Abbott plans to cut the federal public service, but how accurate is ACT Labor Senator Kate Lundy's claim that 20,000 jobs will go?
What did political consultants make of yesterday's Coalition campaign launch?
You can watch Jannette Cotterell and Greg Turnbull discuss the use of family and American style razzle dazzle in this video.
Brisbane calling Rudd
Jannette Cotterell and Greg Turnbull discuss the Coalition's campaign launch – a family affair, with a hint of the American spectacular. Now it's over to Labor, as election wipeout looms large.
And - sadly - that's it for Mr Katter and Mr Palmer (who didn't so much debate each other and form a double act to prosecute the major parties in absentia).Back to top
Clive Palmer is consistently referring to Coalition leader Tony Abbott as "Tony Rabbit".
I'm not sure why but I assume it's a reference to the 2010 election campaign when former prime minister Julia Gillard pronounced Mr Abbott's name in such a way that it always sounded like "Mr Rabbit".
Both men are asked about their positions on same sex marriage.
Mr Palmer says PUP MPs would be given a conscience vote but he will not say what he thinks because he doesn't want to put pressure on members.
Mr Katter says it is "just not one" of his policies.
Mr Katter outlines a balance of power situation in the post election Senate with independent Nick Xenophon and DLP senator John Madigan.
"I know how to play this game and we will play it with a certain degree of ruthlessness," Mr Katter says.
The gentlemen are asked why people in rural and regional areas should vote for a minor party rather than the National Party.
Mr Katter says that would be like "giving a pay raise to your executioner".
Mr Palmer says the major parties are hopeless because one is "being controlled by Rupert Murdoch" and the other is being controlled by Barack Obama's social media team.
Mr Katter says "Give us a go".
Ethanol is the solution - jobs, fuel and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
"Young blokes" in the street come up to Mr Katter, punch him on the solider and say "For Australia!"
(Yes, yes, it requires a change in gear following Mr Katter but stick with him. Don't be fooled by the folksy stage show.)
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