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The Trail Wrap: Day 32

The Coalition finally released its costings on the day the media blackout for political advertising kicked in.

It’s the penultimate Trail Wrap.

Tony Abbott looks set for a comfortable win on Saturday, with the final Essential Poll showing a two-party preferred result as 52-48% to the Coalition.

Also, Malcolm Turnbull and Anthony Albanese continued their recent broadband-fuelled battle, berating each other on Triple J’s Hack.



Labor policy announcement

  • Kevin Rudd addressed the National Press Club, where he didn’t unveil new policies, but warned of how dire life would be under an Abbott government.

Coalition policy announcement

  • The Coalition announced $9 billion worth of cuts – or savings, depending on how you look at it – with $4.5 billion of the cuts coming to Australia’s foreign aid budget, to pay for infrastructure projects.

Must read

Melbourne barrister Rachel Doyle wrote this brilliant piece in The Age as to why she’s left the Labor Party.

Quote of the day

Kevin Rudd summed up what all of us have been thinking about the election campaign, in his address to the National Press Club.

Mr Rudd quoted from William Shakespeare, saying the campaign has been “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

Hear, hear!

Tweet of the day

After spending much of the second half of the campaign being most notable for appearing to be Tony Abbott’s personal Dorothy the Sheep, Wyatt Roy makes his first Trail Wrap appearance with his tweet on day 32.

We agree with Wyatt; although we don’t think he went quite far enough. After seeing Clive on the morning TV circuit busting a tune this week, singing should’ve been added to the list.

Slip of the day

In declaring he’d be suing media magnate Rupert Murdoch, Clive Palmer decided he’d take things one step further.

Forget that Mr Murdoch is, according to Mr Palmer, a “foreigner who tries to dictate what we do” his estranged wide Wendi Deng is no angel either.

“She’s been spying on Rupert for years, giving money back to Chinese intelligence… she was trained in southern China,” said Mr Palmer.

“Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy and that’s why Rupert got rid of her.”


Meanwhile, in case you’re wondering, Mr Palmer’s Palmer United Party is shaping up to win the sixth Senate seat in Queensland at Saturday’s poll.

Though Mr Palmer is far more optimistic, saying he’ll win at least 10.

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

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