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Live debate thread

A dedicated thread for your blow-by-blow commentary of the leaders’ debate at the National Press Club as it unfolds.

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  • 1
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Minus 2 minutes.

  • 2
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    ABC1 is broadcasting the debate live.

  • 3
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    So is SBS2 – without the crap.

  • 4
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Ducky:

    Doesn’t SBS have adverts?

  • 5
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Despite Abbott’s debating weakness, it’s still quite even.

  • 6
    lefty e
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Which ones have the worm?

  • 7
    liyana
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Everybody knows this is set up to show Abbott as ‘presidential’ right? I’m not presuming any even handedness..

    Oh and as for the app for the worm? Cant get on- wish I had NBN

  • 8
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Not during the debate, I shouldn’t think.

  • 9
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    @tveedercom: Watch now: live transcript of Australia Votes – Leaders’ Debate via @ABCNews24 http:/www.tveeder.com #ausvotes #auspol

  • 10
    bemused
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Worm is on GEM. 90 in Melbourne.

  • 11
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    How long does the debate run for? One hour?

  • 12
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    “@BBCBreaking: WATCH: Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and opposition leader Tony Abbott in election #debate http://t.co/nZOtGrAGxA”

  • 13
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Do all please try to remember that most floating voters won’t be watching and don’t care. That is all.

  • 14
    poroti
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Stop watch on. What is going to take effect on me first , ColonLYTELY or Tony Abbott ?

  • 15
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Abbott off to a good start – he hasn’t run away

  • 16
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Good of the beeb to notice.

  • 17
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Females not liking what they are hearing, according to the worm.

  • 18
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I had forgotten until just now that the pointy end of these debates is the after-debate as to who won. Once News Ltd declares Abbott the winner, no matter what he does, the die is cast – and the so-called victory is the only take-away that matters (unless there is a monumental gaffe).

  • 19
    Diogenes
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Rudd comes across a lot more polished than Abbott.

  • 20
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Abbott’s opening is strong, sad to say (I’m not seeing the worm).

  • 21
    BK
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    “scrap carbon tax” = plunging worm!

  • 22
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Now people are liking what they are hearing.

  • 23
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Keep the carbon compensation – how will it be funded?

  • 24
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Boredom factor high. Bring on the debate.

  • 25
    poroti
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    BOATS !!

  • 26
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Boats!

  • 27
    BK
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    “Stop the boats” = worm plunge.

  • 28
    ruawake
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Stop the boats may need to go.

  • 29
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Is Abbott reading an autocue?

  • 30
    liyana
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Where is the money coming from? Slogan slogan slogan, stop the boats!

  • 31
    Diogenes
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Abbott needs to look at the camera more. The boats comment was a complete non sequitur after talking about highways.

  • 32
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just been out-boated.

  • 33
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Calling the countries in Europe Middle east lacking self respect because their borders are not secure

  • 34
    ruawake
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Abbott couldn’t get to 3 mins.

  • 35
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Well that was exciting. Not.

  • 36
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Abbott lacking warmth. Words quite good but he appears too grim.

  • 37
    poroti
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I’m watching Sky, no worm. Where can I see the worm ?

  • 38
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    @abcnews: Send a tweet with #DebateRudd to vote for Kevin Rudd or use #DebateAbbott to vote for Tony Abbott. Results: http://t.co/TE27adxA57

  • 39
    Mod Lib
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Awkward moment at the end of Abbott’s bit!

  • 40
    Laocoon
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    well, what an anti-climatic end for Abbott; back to rhetoric school :)

  • 41
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    That worm slipped very sharply when Abbott mentioned the boats

  • 42
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    alias

    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Is Abbott reading an autocue?

    no he just a sllooowwww thinker trying to remember his lines otherwise Peta will put him in the naughty corner

  • 43
    BK
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    poroti
    Worm on GEM (usually 90)

  • 44
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    poroti

    Gem

  • 45
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    poroti:

    Seven2.

  • 46
    Diogenes
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    The worm looks bored.

  • 47
    DisplayName
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Must be a worm with heart problems and a sticky floor, Carey.

  • 48
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Rudd incredibly good on his feet, deflecting Speers’ questions and getting his message through. He is relentlessly good at this.

  • 49
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Laocoon! Good to see you again.

  • 50
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Abbott frowning way too much. His people will be having a meltdown.

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