14 August 2010
We're heading into the final week of the election campaign and both sides are still in this.
It's clear that Tony Abbott feels he has his nose in front. His news conferences are becoming shorter and shorter as he tries to minimise the opportunity for gaffes. He has said no to a second debate despite repeatedly calling for more.
Despite the Opposition leader's protestations that he remains the underdog, the Abbott campaign has all the hallmarks now of being the front runner.
Government sources concede something similar, that they're behind and need some momentum in the final week to get them home.
To this point every time Julia Gillard has a good run it is not sustained. Something pops up (generally a former Labor leader) to distract from her agenda.
This week it was Tony Abbott's strong performance at the Peoples' Forum in Rooty Hill. Abbott's was a much more relaxed performance, Gillard was stilted and looked to be lacking a bit of energy nearing the end of the marathon.
The policy targeting western Sydney, timed to coincide with the forum, also fell flat. The Parramatta-Epping rail link has been promised by State Governments for years.
People in Western Sydney are cynical and tired of promises made and broken. The rail link announcement was designed to show the Federal Labor Government cares about the problems of this region. But it's the baggage of the Labor brand at the state level which is ensuring the promise sounds hollow.
The Coalition and Tony Abbott have responded swiftly and effectively, pointing to the many times the project has been promised by state Labor and not delivered.
If there was any doubt the Labor brand was tainted in New South Wales, there should be none now. The resentment was palpable in the Peoples' Forum and it is spilling over into the Federal arena.
Senior Labor figures say they need a strong final week to turn things around and secure some vital momentum.
They need some clear air on their economic management and vision for the future like the broadband network and they can't afford too many more distractions and sideshows like their former leaders.
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Diana , Sydney (8 September 2010 9:19AM) wrote:
Keiran, I love agenda, but I am not going to watch you at all if you are going to continue to down grade Liberal members, like you did this morning. We are all fed up with what has happened and how it has happened, and I would like to see some intelligent conversation, and you can tell that Wayne Swan I think he is a slease and a liar. Please a more considered approach or I turn you off. DJB
shiella Reagan, queensland (8 September 2010 7:29AM) wrote:
there was no big swing to the coalition and abbott. there was a protest against the sacking of kevin rudd. Abbott a pom with a kiwi wife. fairdinkum, give us a break!!
Helen Borwick, Sunshine Coast Qld (8 September 2010 7:03AM) wrote:
Heaven help Australia as only He can now!!!!
george, sydney (31 August 2010 4:06PM) wrote:
Mr Gilbert, fairly obvious throughout your reporting in general, that you camp on the Labor side. Please do not insult our intelligence by appearing to be a fair and balanced reporter. YOU ARE NOT! So why don't you just do the honourable thing and announce your views as a pro-Labor supporter, before you voice an opinion. But I probably think that you do not have the intestinal fortitude for such honesty. Pity.
sue harrison, townsvile (30 August 2010 10:00PM) wrote:
Your comments tonight via paul murray are quite extraordinary! Please from now on try be independant - however I don't believe you can. The only way to go forward is to go lbp + independents!
l mcclymont, sydney (26 August 2010 7:55PM) wrote:
tony abbott should come clean about his financial plans. and i think we should all grow up, and go back to the polls is the only way to get a real parliament
roberto musa, bankstown nsw. (24 August 2010 3:05PM) wrote:
kieran, your man abbott has been caught out a liar. 36 hour marathon a lie he slept. a liar for PM. UNTHINKABLE.
michele sood, holiday (19 August 2010 12:25PM) wrote:
abbott looked good gillard lacked energy. get a life moron
raoul ketko, wellington (19 August 2010 8:27AM) wrote:
your push for tony is shameless, you have tried hard but julia is the peoples choice. sad to see you all at sky against our prime minister. time for new staff at skynews.
Matt, Bairnsdale (18 August 2010 5:15PM) wrote:
Why was the coilition getting its policies costed externally (outside of treasury) 2 months ago, when was the leak, only 2 weeks ago. Good crystal ball.
lisa mcclymont, bowral (17 August 2010 11:36AM) wrote:
Labor should be much clearer on the boats situation, it can't go on. Also a clear and sound policy on climate change. More help for large families and carers.
Davidb, Qatar (16 August 2010 1:15PM) wrote:
Kieran, you should parroting on about their (Labor) so called economic management. Australia went from nil debt to over 95 Billion dollars in the red during their so called economic management. Australia was saved from deep recession by the Chinese stimulus that sucked in our resources. The NBN will cost another 43 Billon - thats $2000 for every man woman and child in the country. With a family of four - if someone came to me and asked whether I wanted to pay $8000 to get super fast internet - I'd say he was mad. Fod god's sake - why don't you journos start asking the obvious questions instead of parroting their spin for a change?
Jason Mann, melbourne (16 August 2010 10:06AM) wrote:
I am a Liberal Supporter. However if Tony Abbot is unable or unwilling to promote/defend the Liberal Party's economic policees then I have to doubt their viability. This means that I am condidering voting for Labour and their policies
Ana, Sydney (16 August 2010 9:44AM) wrote:
I did not like the way the Labour party treated a prime minister that sailed our economy through recession with minor "hick-ups" compared with the rest of the world. I am a woman and I am a feminist at heart(I believe in equal rights and responsibilities for both genders). I wanted to celebrate the first woman appointment as prime minister not be ashamed of it. But really with Mr. Abbot and the Media performance ... The journalists let him get way with lies and there is no pressure to answer the questions as they do to Julia.Why? I would like to see more fairness in the all process without gender bias.