Election 2013

  • As the Rudd roadshow leaves Perth - Tony Abbott arrives. The media crew travelling with the PM crosses paths with Mr Abbott #ausvotes
  • The Rudd Media Roadshow has touched down in Adelaide #ausvotes #tennews
  • A picture of me interviewing Kevin Rudd as we fly to WA during the election campaign #ausvotes #tennews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BRydLm_CYAEC09Z.jpg

  • Here's a different angle of @KRuddMP talking to Teresa on the phone at a shopping centre in Perth #ausvotes #tennews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BRyiEEuCcAEaVQE.jpg

  • Abbott #ausvotes media strategy finely tuned. Daily party campaign launches with Lib supporters. TV pics like this: http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BR1ICF_CIAAvzdS.jpg

  • Abbott's interactions with people largely limited to Lib supporters at party events or people at their workplace. Low risk. #ausvotes
  • 2 weeks in, Abbott has interacted with general public just twice by my count - The Ekka and City2Surf. #ausvotes
  • OK, I'll add Garma Festival to the list. So 2 weeks in, Abbott has interacted with general public just three times. #ausvotes
  • Tony Abbott describes Kevin Rudd's $500m boost for car industry as "panicked spending in the middle of an election campaign" #ausvotes
  • Tony Abbott presser next to Roe Hwy, east of Perth. Copping a few toots - maybe supportive, maybe not. #ausvotes http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BR1aPlrCQAEYkFS.jpg

  • Ten's exclusive look at the election's weekly online trends, it seems Tony Abbott's gaffes, have the internet all a-twitter
  • Labor has ended week two of the campaign foundering in the polls in key marginal seats while the Liberal party tries to recover from a gaffe filled week
  • Abbott campaign has just landed at Twiggy Forrest's Cloudbreak mine in the Pilbara region of WA #tennews #ausvotes http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BR2I6vbCEAEkZAQ.jpg

  • Kevin Rudd talking to Holden workers in Adelaide #ausvotes #tennews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BR2TNrfCQAAkSr6.jpg

  • Kevin Rudd meets a young fan in Adelaide #ausvotes #tennews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BR2TjVCCMAAIllW.jpg

  • Kevin Rudd speaking to Holden workers in Adelaide & unveiling a $500 million boost to the car industry http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BR2UJlzCQAAOXq0.jpg

  • It seems the PM's Ford - Holden gaffe at his car announcement today has been omitted from the transcript of his speech.. #ausvotes #tennews
  • RT @iamyourguy: Not yet
    Not yet
    Not yet
    Not yet
    Not yet
    Too late

    - avocados

  • by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    The Rudd Roadshow
    By Matt Moran

    Thursday was a very early start, actually no it was ridiculously early. At 4am bags were packed and out the front of the hotel in Brisbane. It was the start of a mammoth day.

    Early start
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    The Rudd Roadshow flew into Darwin and straight to yet another Army Barracks. This time Robertson Barracks.

    It was the usual fare. A picture opportunity for the Prime Minister with some soldiers and flash kit. No doubt the diggers were told to line up, keep quiet unless spoken to and smile.

    Once the PM had met the soldiers positioned to speak to him, he headed to the stage to address the formation.

    As usual he thanked them for their service and this time said "There is in my view no higher calling for any Australian than to wear the uniform of Australia."

    He also commented on the killing of Mohammad Roozi. The former Afghan National Army soldier who wounded three Australian and two Afghan soldiers in 2011. Roozi was killed not long before the visit to the barracks.

    Kevin Rudd meets soldiers at Robertson Barracks
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM
    Kevin Rudd speaks to soldiers at Robertson Barracks
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

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    We were there for less than an hour. The media pack then went to the press conference in central Darwin but not before the bus driver mistakenly took us back to the airport first. That blew valuable time - a critical commodity during an election campaign.

    Mr Rudd then unveiled his plans for Northern Australia, which included a three pillared approach. 

    First he announced a Northern Special Economic Zone.

    Mr Rudd said it would include "introducing tax incentives with the object of reducing the Corporate Tax for Northern Territory-based companies."

    He wants the rate "a third lower than they are at the moment".

    second pillar is the expansion of the Ord Irrigation Scheme into Stage 3.

    three - "20-year growth plans, strategic growth plans for both Darwin and northern Queensland," said Mr Rudd.
    This was basically all about infrastructure development. Details were scarce.

    The Coalition attacked the move as nothing more than a thought bubble. It had floated a similar idea only months before and it was lampooned by Labor.

    After scrambling to file with only a few minutes allocated by Rudd's office, the media went straight to the airport for the third time (two intentionally) to fly to Kununurra in Western Australia.

    the flight Mr Rudd did impromptu one-on-one interviews with TV journos.
    He sat with the media for most of the flight, no doubt an attempt to show he's a good bloke and win travelling journos over with small talk and a stint in cattle class. 
    The interviews were strictly light hearted and very brief because we weren't in the air for long. 

    I asked him if Tony Abbott was
    his best weapon because of recent gaffes but Mr Rudd gave a less than inspired answer.
    I pressed him on the accusation Mr Abbott called gay marriage "the fashion of the moment" but he didn't bite.

    Nonetheless the interviews provided a different insight to the PM. He was generous with his time.

    Interviewing Kevin Rudd on the media plane.
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM
    Kevin Rudd chatting to the media as we prepare to leave Darwin 
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

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    The roadshow landed in Kununurra early in the afternoon. It was the first time Mr Rudd had travelled to WA during the campaign. He went to the Ord River Dam and met some locals to provide the media with pictures for his earlier announcement.

    There was some outrage though because he kept the locals waiting for hours only to lob in for a very short visit simply for a picture opportunity. It was little more than lip service to the region.

    Kevin Rudd with locals at the stunning Ord River Dam. 
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM
    Kevin Rudd with some locals at the Ord River Dam 
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Beautiful WA - Ord River Dam

    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

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    The media
    then headed back to the plane and flew to Perth. It was a very long flight because its understood the plane was kept from landing and did loops of the city for what felt like hours.

    The roadshow was on the go for around 21 hours.

    A common theme during the campaign has been a lack of sleep and barely anytime between gigs to file. Usually TV reporters have one chance to get a look live right and that amplifies the stress level for all involved.

    It could
    be a deliberate strategy to keep the media so busy it can't delve as deep as it would like into issues the Rudd camp want to avoid. 

    But that can be counter productive. If you give the media more time to do their job the political parties could get a better result not necessarily just allowing journos time to write scathing stories.

    Preparing for a Ten News live cross.
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    On Friday
    the PM started in Perth by inspecting progress on Perth City Link a public transport project costing hundreds of millions of dollars. It includes sinking a railway line and bus station.

    He also met punters at Perth train station including a dog called Precious. It was a media circus and one local photographer started pushing around the media travelling with the PM to get shots. Not a good look.

    Kevin Rudd in the middle of a media scrum at Perth Train Station 
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Mr Rudd then visited
    the Australian Resources Research Centre to unveil plans to make Perth the national headquarters of the "Oil & Gas Innovation Partnership."

    It's part of Labor's goal to create jobs as the China resources boom comes to an end - a common theme during the week.

    Mr Rudd then did a press conference.
    It was a comparatively short one after he was questioned about a breakdown in communication between his travelling party and Labor HQ, including national secretary George Wright.

    There were concerns the Rudd campaign was being organised on the run and a belief improvements had to be made before it was completely derailed by disorganisation.

    Environment Minister Mark Butler was recruited to act as a link between Mr Rudd and HQ to improve the flow of information.

    Kevin Rudd with Gary Gray at the Australian Resources Research Centre
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM
    Kevin Rudd speaks to the media in Perth
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Kevin Rudd visits the Australian Resources Research Centre to make an oil & gas announcement

    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

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    After the presser, perhaps in an attempt to be less scripted, Mr Rudd headed to a shopping centre in Cannington. The usual happened - babies were cuddled and selfies were taken. Cannington lies in the seat of Swan, which Labor hopes to win back.

    The party expects to hold the seat of Perth with Alannah MacTiernan, a former WA minister, regarded as a strong candidate. She was recruited after Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced his retirement. Labor hopes to win back Hasluck but the PM didn't venture there during his trip west.

    Kevin Rudd visits Carousel Shopping Centre near Perth
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Mr Rudd then left town for an event in Melbourne while the media flew to Adelaide to meet up with him on Saturday.

    The roadshow rolls on but the smiles in Rudd's camp look more forced than a week or so ago.
    The polls aren't getting better and life in opposition could only be weeks away.

    Kevin Rudd talking to Holden workers in Adelaide 
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM
    Kevin Rudd speaking to Holden workers in Adelaide & unveiling a $500 million boost to the car industry
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM
    Kevin Rudd meets a young fan in Adelaide
    by Ten News on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

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    Matt Moran is a Ten Political Correspondent.

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  • Tony Abbott seems to be so confident of election victory he's already referring to Labor as the former government.
  • Brisbane is a major election battleground with Labor throwing everything into its fight to win key marginal electorates in and around the city.
  • RT @kumitaguchi: “If there’s waste, we will cut it.” #abc #qanda #hockey. There’s no waste!!!

  • by Ten News on Aug 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    The Rudd Roadshow
    By Matt Moran

    Kevin Rudd got out Australia's cheque book on Saturday to help the country's struggling car industry.

    Whether Mr Rudd will be around for the industry to cash it in is a different story.

    The PM travelled to the seat of Port Adelaide to announce Labor's assistance package at a barbecue for Holden workers but his campaign wasn't cooking on gas that day. 

    He committed a cardinal sin.

    ''He tells me it's a family tradition. He's got an uncle and an aunt, two brothers in law here working at Ford,'' said Rudd.

    ''Sorry, at Holden, at Holden, at Holden,'' he added.

    Oh no…

    The only thing he could have possibly done worse is declare all pubs were to be closed for the remainder of year.

    Gaffe aside - the plan gives the industry half a billion dollars from 2016 to 2020.

    Tony Abbott slammed the brakes on the plan.

    "He's charging down the street, waving a blank cheque at the auto industry," he said.

    Mr Rudd's announcement came after yet another bad poll for Labor. His campaign was also described as a shambles during the week.

    This was the Prime Minister's response.

    "I’ve been in a few tough spots before, a few of them, and I’ve managed to fight my way forward," said Mr Rudd.

    "Part of the motivation for fighting my way forward is looking in the faces of you as good honest  ordinary Australian families doing an honest day’s work, producing the cars that Australians want to drive," he said.

    "That’s why we’re not going to be told we can’t win this election. That’s why we’re going to put our best foot forward, win this election, because we want to protect people’s jobs for the future."

    It wasn't the only issue Mr Rudd was grappling with on the day.

    During the press conference Mr Rudd rejected his PNG plan was in tatters after Prime Minister Peter O'Neil said not all genuine refugees will be settled in his country.

    After the event finished cameraman Adrian Wilson and I went to Ten's Adelaide newsroom. I offered to do a live cross and it was gladly accepted.

    I had already filed my story for the day (which was mostly written on an iPhone) and we were both keen for a relaxing arvo - but Aido and I got a white knuckle ride through the highs and lows of TV news.

    About three minutes before I was due to do the live cross leading the national news, the control room informed us it wasn't getting audio from the camera.

    Aido proceeded to change cameras and cables in the quickest TV pit stop I've ever seen. Another crew member knelt down in front of me and held a microphone in an attempt to sort the audio issue

    As the news started I still didn't know if I was going to do the live cross but about ten seconds later the audio came alive and I went to air. Phew!

    Aido and the crew did a great job getting the cross to air.

    No one at home would have known seconds before they saw me, I wasn't even sure the cross was going to happen.

    I'm just a journo. Imagine the stress Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott are under as they fight for their political lives.

    Matt Moran is a Ten Federal Political Correspondent.

    Kevin Rudd meets Holden workers at Adelaide's Elizabeth plant.
    by Ten News on Aug 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM
     Kevin Rudd speaking to Holden workers in Adelaide.
    by Ten News on Aug 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM
     Kevin Rudd meets a young fan in Adelaide.
    by Ten News on Aug 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

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  • MAKING NEWS AT FIVE: Kevin Rudd announces $15 million for cancer care nurses, while Tony Abbott pledges $5 million to upgrade Broncos facilities. The leaders preparing to go head to head in the People's Forum in Brisbane tonight.
    by Ten News on Aug 21, 2013 at 5:53 AM

  • Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott at the debate tonight - the view from the back #ausvotes #tennews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BSLrNQ5CUAA6UN8.jpg

  • Kevin Rudd holding court at the debate #ausvotes #tennews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BSLrZkUCYAApLQZ.jpg

  • Well done to all the Press Gallery camos growing beards for SIDS research #camosforkids https://give.everydayhero.com/au/camos-for-kids http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BSMKl9aCcAAymwa.jpg

  • Kevin Rudd has promised to cut small business red tape on superannuation and paid parental leave.
  • Tony Abbott's promised to upgrade the national bowel cancer screening program, as he switches his campaign focus on to health issues.
  • TONIGHT AT FIVE: A make-up artist complains about how she was treated by Kevin Rudd before last night's leader's debate. While Tony Abbott copped flak for telling the Prime Minister to shut up.
    by Ten News on Aug 22, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    by Ten News on Aug 22, 2013 at 1:51 AM
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  • This weeks in pics: The highs and lows, gaffes and wins, of the election campaign.

  • by Ten News on Aug 23, 2013 at 5:43 AM


    The roadshow started Monday exactly where it was a week ago. Sydney. 

    A lot happened in the previous seven days. The group following Kevin Rudd had physically travelled around Australia and it was on the move again.

    Stories of the infamous twenty odd hour day of
    travelling from Brisbane to Perth are still being regaled and the new members of the group are an eager audience.

    It wasn't a good start to the day for Mr Rudd.
    As the media bus was heading to the airport it broke down and not long beforehand a bad Newspoll result landed in his lap. It had the Coalition leading Labor 54 to 46 on a two-party preferred basis.

    Cue comparisons between his campaign and the bus.

    by Ten News on Aug 23, 2013 at 5:49 AM
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    Once the fan belt was replaced the crew headed north once again and eventually arrived in Lismore. The city is in the electorate of Page which Labor's Janelle Saffin holds with a margin of just over 4 per cent.

    Since 1990 Page has been a bellwether seat, won by the party which has formed government.

    When the PM arrived, he was confronted by coal seam gas protestors who were unhappy with Labor's stance on the issue. It was a small but passionate group but they kept Mr Rudd's security detail alert.

    The funniest moment came when a local, who had the distinct smell of booze emitting from his body, bailed up the PM and told him not to worry about the polls.

    "Them polls are a bunch of wombats," he

    (see it here:

    Wildlife aside the PM used the visit to promote the
    effectiveness of Medicare Locals and had this warning if Tony Abbott was voted in.

    "The real tragedy here today .
    .. is that Mr Abbott is committed to the sacking of all 3000 Medicare Local frontline health professionals," said Mr Rudd.

    Mr Abbott said that's just false.

    The PM's big announcement of the day was 50 million dollars for a national network of stroke care coordinators operating out of Medicare Local offices.

    Mr Rudd then went to the Condong Bowling Club in the seat of Richmond to try his hand at lawn bowls. There was no John Howard bowling moment here, Mr Rudd was actually pretty good. He also sipped on a beer and met some locals.

    He used the club as a backdrop to announce Labor would invest 20 million dollars in active ageing projects to help older Australians enjoy better health and more independence.

    by Ten News on Aug 23, 2013 at 5:53 AM
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    It was then back to Brisbane for the night.


    Early on Tuesday the Rudd camp headed to a school protest in the very marginal seat of Moreton. Labor's Graham Perrett holds it by just 1.1 per cent. 

    Mr Perrett once declared he'd quit if Kevin Rudd was restored as PM but he's well and truly changed his tune as he tries to cling onto Moreton with Mr Rudd's help. There's not too much hope he will win even with Prime Ministerial assistance.

    Parents are fighting to keep Nyanda State High school open and Mr Rudd enthusiastically supported their plight. 

    Nyanda has been included on a list of schools Campbell Newman's government is considering shutting down. Apparently the decision has been delayed until after the election.

    by Ten News on Aug 23, 2013 at 5:54 AM
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    Throughout Mr Rudd's trips to Queensland he's linked
    Mr Newman's cuts to Tony Abbott.
    He often says the premier is just the entree, Mr Abbott is the main course. 

    The PM then headed to his own seat of Griffith which he holds by a margin of 8.5 per cent. 

    If he loses the election, the voters in his electorate will probably be forced to vote again in a by-election not long after the September poll. It's unlikely Mr Rudd will hang around but you never know...

    During the visit he announced a 250 million dollar investment fund for medical research. 

    The government will provide half the money, the rest will come from the private sector. It's hoped the commitment will lead to life saving breakthroughs.

    by Ten News on Aug 23, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Brisbane feels like the Rudd Roadshow's base.
    We've been there more than anywhere else over the past week or so and we stayed in the capital of the Sunshine State again overnight ahead of Wednesday's second leaders' debate. 

    Mr Rudd needed to win the battle because the war is slipping away.


    The Prime Minister went to the seat of Petrie on Wednesday, a marginal electorate which Labor's Yvette  D'Ath has held since 2007.

    The ALP holds the seat with a margin of 2.5 per cent and since 1987 whoever wins it has formed government.

    During these visits Ten wants "looklives" from reporters in the field and we tend to do them when Mr Abbott or Mr Rudd are in the background to show we're on the spot. They're not easy to nail all the time.

    After doing a few different versions of the top half, we decided to do something different. It turned out to be very unique.

    I finished a take (luckily it was fine) and Kevin Rudd decided to photobomb me!

    Mr Rudd walked up to me and said "I was going to photobomb you again!" I responded by asking if he was enjoying the campaign and he said "I'm certainly enjoying it with Yvette, it's terrific, I've photobombed you now five times!"

    Laughter ensues. It was all caught on camera and was a genuinely funny moment.

    (watch it here:

    Jokes aside he used the visit to announce 15 million dollars for nurses to help cancer sufferers in regional areas.

    Mr Rudd was then on the move again and enjoyed a barbie with families in the seat of Longman, currently held by the LNP's Wyatt Roy.

    While there were a few events, the focus of the day was really on the second leaders' debate held at the Broncos Leagues Club. 

    Mr Rudd needed to perform extremely well with Mr Abbott ahead in the polls but there wasn't a knockout blow from either. Mr Abbott put in a more impressive performance during the first debate but Mr Rudd improved this time.

    He clearly got under the Opposition Leader's skin.

    At one point Mr Abbott blurted out "Does this guy ever shut up?”

    After the debate the audience of supposedly undecided voters handed down their verdict. Tony Abbott scored 37 while 35 people gave Kevin Rudd the nod. 33 were suitability unimpressed by both and left undecided.

    Mr Rudd has to pull a rather large rabbit out of an increasingly smaller hat.

    by Ten News on Aug 23, 2013 at 5:58 AM
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  • TONIGHT ON TEN NEWS: The Labor party mocks Tony Abbott's latest offering to stop the boats - a plan to spend Australian taxpayer dollars to buy boats that might otherwise be used to traffic people.

    by Ten News on Aug 23, 2013 at 6:56 AM

  • "Nobody's throwing to me!" Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott at Campbelltown Leisure Centre #ausvotes #tennews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BSZKs4qCcAEbcoL.jpg

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