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Campaign scorecard: parental leave trips up Abbott

Crikey asks the sharpest political commentators which leader got the best of the campaigning day yesterday, plus we track where the leaders are and what cash promises they’ve made …

Crikey asks the sharpest political commentators which leader got the best of the campaigning day yesterday, plus we track where the leaders are and what cash promises they’ve made … 

WHO WON THE DAY ON MONDAY?

Bernard Keane, Crikey Canberra correspondent: Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave policy got a second full day of coverage, only not so positive this time, with even News Corporation’s Coalition cheerleaders savaging it, while the issue of its funding has yet to be resolved. Given this policy is over three years old, you’d think the opposition brains trust would have had the detail worked out by now. No wonder the Coalition didn’t release the transcript of Joe Hockey’s disastrous interview with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell in which he claimed, because he was in a car, that he couldn’t explain how much of the $5.5 billion cost the 1.5% tax on medium and large companies would raise. Kevin Rudd, pottering about the central and north coast of NSW, just had to stay out of trouble to chalk up a win by default.

Richard Farmer, Crikey election analyst: Some progress for Labor as they knuckled down and started concentrating their campaign effort on where’s the money coming from theme. More and more of the same in the coming weeks and the message just might get through that the main judgement voters have to make about Tony Abbott and his promises is which ones of them he won’t keep. And if anyone reaches the conclusion that he really will keep them all then heaven help us all if they are right. A Ruddy good day and you have to admire the way the Prime Minister keeps smiling as if he really is enjoying his underdog status.

Tim Wilson, policy director at the Institute of Public Affairs: Newspoll’s sting that the ALP and Rudd’s personal popularity are in decline will just reinforce existing prejudices and potentially perpetuate the current decline. The only thing in the ALP’s favour is that their “new way” blackout advertisements are effective, but the Liberal Party still has a lot of money and presumably will respond with an advertising blitzkrieg that will neutralise them. Abbott took some hits on his excessively generous paid parental leave scheme, but it is inside the cycleways talk that engages boffins, not punters. For the punters he got his message across on Sunday that if you have kids it is now the state’s job to pick up the tab for the first six months … Yuck. A reasonable Abbott win.

John Connolly, founder of John Connolly and Partners public relations firm: As Coles and Status Quo (for younger readers they were a pre-hiphop band) say: “Down down deeper and down I want all the world to see to see you’re laughing at me.” The election is not even taken up most of the front pages any more. While everyone’s favourite pollie Joe Hockey many have caught a bit of ALP disease last night nothing can save Kev and his former all-stars now. Abbott win.

CASH TRACKER

The campaign promises yesterday and this morning. For the net result so far (and the latest updates) visit the Cash Tracker online

Labor: 

Coalition:

  • $50 million for a Safer Streets program, more CCTV and better street lighting;
  • $25 million to upgrade the Great Ocean Road.

CAMPAIGN DIARY (TUESDAY)

Kevin Rudd: Beginning the day in the marginal Labor seat of Moreton, Brisbane, the Prime Minister is expected to unveil a plan for medical research funding. While serving snags this morning, he actually got out the old “fair shake of the sauce bottle” line. Well done, Kevin.

Tony Abbott: The Opposition Leader started out in Victoria announcing an upgrade to the Great Ocean Road. He went on to Geelong to announce his support for DisabilityCare and to showcase his skills in T-shirt folding. And he no doubt wondered whether to disendorse Kevin Baker, who this morning apologised over his reported hosting of a website which joked about p-edophilia and domestic violence.

Christine Milne: The Greens leader is launching the party’s Western Australian election campaign in Perth with Senator Scott Ludlam at 11am local time. She will return to Melbourne later today.

QUIRK OF THE DAY

Peter Slipper’s steadfast wife Inge has expressed a desire to run for office, apparently undeterred by the trials of Ashby-gate …

TWEET OF THE DAY 

Not content with using the News Corporation press to champion his views, Rupert Murdoch weighs in on Twitter — make no mistake about his election pick (or, oddly, his feelings about Muslims):

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  • 1
    Steve777
    Posted Tuesday, 20 August 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    It seems that whoever you thought won the day depends upon which team you support. And Abbott a conviction politician? What conviction politician would plan to spend billions on a plant that won’t work to reduce the emission of an invisible (and therefore harmless?) gas to fix a problem he doesn’t believe exists.

  • 2
    timothy ghost
    Posted Tuesday, 20 August 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    does anyone in australia give a toss what rupert murdoch thinks?

  • 3
    Posted Tuesday, 20 August 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Jesuitical Socialism is the only way to look at the Rabbott’s latest social agenda. Full pay for six months post-natal mothers with no guarantee the ladies will even return to their jobs. @ $75,000 a head from big business. Of course big business will be delighted to fork out this sort of money with no guarantee of the ladies concerned coming back???!!! Oh yeah?

    Only a rabid catholic determined to over populate this country could have come up with this doozie. Big business will hive off the expense by jacking up their prices and the ladies concerned will wonder why companies will be hiring older women-if they have to hire women at all. Then should the outrage begin.

    The Rabbott will blame Labor and the cost of living will rocket up. Nice one Tony; what are you, the second horseman of the Apocalypse?

  • 4
    cnewt27
    Posted Tuesday, 20 August 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, “sharpest minds”? Tim Wilson from the IPA? If I wanted to hear the IPA view of the world (Labor Evil, Liberal Good) I’d just have to watch the ABC where he is all over the place with that eerie smirk. Is this what I get for my Crikey subscription? If so colour me unlikely to resubscribe. Get the IPA back to the Australian and the ABC where they belong.

  • 5
    mattsui
    Posted Tuesday, 20 August 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Who won the day?” not Crikey.
    Why bother with this article if it is going to be so lame and predictable? Your readers are mostly following these events for themselves and will make up their own minds.
    PR wingnut Conolly’s statement doesn’t even make sense.

  • 6
    anna macki
    Posted Wednesday, 21 August 2013 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Rupert murdock can go to buggery. his opinions mean nought to me

  • 7
    romax
    Posted Wednesday, 21 August 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I am also a subscriber. Joined Crikey because they promised FAIR comments. Well that is a joke.Crikey is more critical on Labour than ever before. I do not need Crikey telling me that Labour is doing badly and is going to loose. I say wait and see and tone down your negative comments please. Rosa M.

  • 8
    tonyfunnywalker
    Posted Wednesday, 21 August 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    With Rupert on your side - Rudd like Obama is guaranteed a win. No one has done more to trash democracy in Australia the the two fore mentioned - I would have thought the Metropolitan police would have been of more concern for Rupert at the moment. Interesting article by Paul Kelly today- balance from the Australian? - then you read Janet Albrechsen and have a great laugh at her psychoanalysis of Rudd. Almost as laughable as Rundle’s Dear Leader parody. I note that I am not the only subscriber that is pissed off with Crikey- I note. Lift your game - its only FDOTM that is worth reading these days.

  • 9
    MJPC
    Posted Thursday, 22 August 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Why are we reading what RM tweets? I agree with others here; who gives a stuff really. At any rate he’s a yank now. If we want his oipinion we could read it in the Daily Telegraph (in NSW) or The Australian. Of course TA would be a conviction pollie to him, he’s the only one who will save Ruperts foxtel empire by fibre to the node in the NBN: 19thC bandaid for a 21stC technology, GHUA!

  • 10
    Posted Thursday, 22 August 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    The man who Rupert Murdoch is spending millions to support has today announced that his paid post-natal fully funded maternal support scheme is only half funded.

    AND, of course Tony Rabbott has said that the Libs will ban all donations to the Party from big tobacco. AFTER THE ELECTION. Which makes me wonder what he is going to do with all donations gratefully received, thus far: return them???
    HA

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