AS the first week of election campaigning for the 2010 Federal Election draws to a close, both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott finish the week a little uneasy after debates on population, WorkChoices and the dumping of Kevin Rudd raised headlines.
While the two key parties continue to spar with each other, the Greens seem to be the ones receiving the benefit.
- Julia Gillard spent the week talking about “moving forward” but with little insight into where she wants to go. Tony Abbott says he's taking “direct action”, but his promises to date centre on doing very little.
- Ms Gillard promised to work with the citizens' assembly and a wide range of stakeholders to bring about a "deep and lasting consensus on climate change".
- A red Speedo-clad gatecrasher who interrupted Tony Abbott during a Melbourne shopping centre walk was exposed as a Labor staffer.
- Mr Abbott didn't get the friendliest welcome on the set of Hey Hey It's Saturday.
- Mr Abbott was mobbed by scores of school children as he tackled education by promising a sweetener for parents that was then criticised as a budget black hole by Labor.
- Kevin Rudd began his bid to remain the member for Griffith, with a visit to a primary school, where he told journalists that during this election campaign he would speak only about local issues.
- On Thursday, campaigning was suspended as a mark of respect as both leaders attended the funeral of Nathan Bewes, the 17th Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan.
Read more about the Federal Election 2010.
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