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The Trail Wrap: Day 17

It's officially the halfway mark of the campaign on day 17, and it's the second leaders' debate which dominated the news.

Given how boring the first debate was, we thought we wouldn’t live-blog the second one. And of course, it was more interesting because of that.



Labor policy announcement

Kevin Rudd featured in a Medicare Local office in Brisbane, where he announced an extra $15 million for cancer care nurses.

Coalition policy document

It was all about the manufacturing industry, with new measures announced, including:

  • appointing a Minister for Trade and Investment whose “central responsibility will be to attract trade and increase inwards investment into Australia”;
  • $50 million for export development grants;
  • a $50 million manufacturing fund to help communities and industries move into new areas; and
  • government/industry action plans for each industry.

Must read

Be sure to check out cartoonist Michael Leuing’s great cartoon in The Age here.

Quote of the day

In the people’s forum held in Brisbane, Tony Abbott acknowledged what we’d all been thinking.

“We’ve had a much better and more lively debate than the one we had in Canberra,” he said. “People one, journos nil.


Tweet of the day

Here’s one way to announce or suggest policies on the run.

Good stuff from one Kevin Rudd.


Slip of the day

We were confused as to whether this would be a quote or slip of the day, but the award again goes to Abbott, and again from the debate.

Abbott was discussing the Coalition’s paid parental leave policy, and Rudd kept interrupting.

The more he did, the more Abbott got frustrated, and finally came up with this beauty: “Does this guy ever shut up?!”


Best to keep the gloves up in these situations.

Wrap by Liam Quinn and Erdem Koç. Follow them and send them tips on Twitter – @Quinn_LP and@erdemkoc.

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