The Trail Wrap: Day Six

11 August 2013

Written by: Erdem Koc

As the old adage goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em – or in this case, recruit them.

This was the case on day six of the campaign, with Tony Abbott announcing the former Labor president Warren Mundine is now on his side when it comes to tackling indigenous affairs.

But it certainly wasn’t the case for the Labor camp, with Kevin Rudd being forced to dump Geoff Lake, the candidate for the safe Victorian seat of Hotham, after revelations in News Limited newspapers that he had abused a woman in a wheelchair 12 years ago. That’s three Labor candidates dumped in one week.

Labor policy announcement

  • A re-elected Labor government would spent $5 million in re-developing the Hobart showgrounds.

Coalition policy announcement

  • An elected Coalition government would establish an Indigenous advisory council to help tackle disadvantage in Aboriginal communities, which would be chaired by former Labor president Warren Mundine as its head.

What the polls say

The Fairfax Media/Nielsen poll has the Coalition at 52 per cent to Labor’s 48 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.  Labor’s primary vote support is down two points since the last poll to 37 per cent while the Coalition’s primary support improved by two points to 46 per cent.  47 per cent of voters rate Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as more trust-worthy than Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who scored a 40 per cent rating.  Mr Rudd had led Mr Abbott 45 per cent to 40 per cent on the same question in July, shortly after taking over from Julia Gillard.

More worryingly for the Greens however, is reports that voters seem to be turning away from there.

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Tweet of the day



Anything that involves a local member swallowing raw egg deserves some serious kudos. So congratulations, Joel Fitzgibbon, you’ve earned yourself Tweet du Jour.

The Youtube video that the member for Hunter linked via his Twitter account today features a training montage to rival Stallone and a soundtrack to rival something that’s based on a novel by Dan Brown.

Fitzgibbon is readying himself for a fundraising Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) boxing bout with member for Cessnock, Clayton Barr. The credits declare the production was written, directed, cinematography-ed by Fitzgibbon. Impressive. Although, judging by the somewhat meek uppercuts he’s shown delivering to a suspended cow carcass, he may have his work cut out for him.

Note that the video conveniently cuts just before he actually downs the glass of egg yolk. But this slight disappointment doesn’t detract from the overall cinematic glory. Bring on fight night, good luck, Fitzy.

— Kimberley Thomson

Slip of the day

Today’s slip goes to Kevin Rudd’s protection team’s driver, who ran over freelance photographer John Voss’s shoe whilst departing the Hobart showgrounds.

It must have hurt. Judge for yourself here.

Not the best media strategy in the world, Team Rudd.

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