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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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  • 101
    Laocoon
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    ‘fess

    No…part of the westward migration for work (at least for the time being)

    When I opened my letterbox here for the first time last week, no fewer than 4 Liberal brochures; wonder why they are spending money here

  • 102
    triton
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    The worm hates Abbott. That’s clear.

  • 103
    ruawake
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Seems nobody cares about boats anymore.

  • 104
    BK
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Peta’s cheat sheet doesn’t seem to be cutting the mustard.

  • 105
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Abbott unplugged looks completely dodgy. It’s that simple. Anyone watching with the sound down wouldn’t dream of voting for him. And with the sound up: ditto.

  • 106
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Turn back boats…..umm ..if its safe to do so….based on commander

    He’s right they have turned boats around in many places….but the boats haven’t stopped….

  • 107
    Andrew
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    The GST debate is not just good for Labor as a scare, it puts pressure on Abbott to reveal how he will pay for things without putting up or broadening the GST

  • 108
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Lao:

    William has indicated Hasluck and Swan are potential gains for Labor.

  • 109
    triton
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Wow. The worm really likes Rudd and hates Abbott.

  • 110
    BK
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Rudd’s response to “turn the boats around” lifts the worm mightily.

  • 111
    izatso?
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    How will murdoch reverse the worm ?

    enter bullshite expectancy here ……

  • 112
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    triton:

    The worm here says the opposite.

    Are you sure you’re reading it correctly?

  • 113
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Sky should have a fact checker slotting info in Speers’ ear. Those Nauru refugee percentages cited by Abbott are wrong, are they not?

  • 114
    triton
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Even when Abbott says the boats stopped, the worm takes a dive.

  • 115
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Lyndal has done stuff to her hair – colour and styling.

  • 116
    BK
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Wonder Woman challenges Abbott on the untrustworthiness of the Audit Commission proposal

  • 117
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Where’s fashionista Puff?

  • 118
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Trust – Abbott balances his own budget by claiming travelling allowances

  • 119
    Silky38
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    This will be the only time this campaign that Abbott goes under scrutiny. He’s going to hate it.

  • 120
    triton
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    confessions, I’m watching GEM. What are you watching?

  • 121
    New2This
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Rudd is dreadful

  • 122
    bemused
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Puff, the Magic Dragon.@88

    which channel has the worm? abs does not.

    GEM 90

  • 123
    ruawake
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Is there a mercy rule?

  • 124
    lefty e
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I can’t get GEM – any other channel have a worm?

  • 125
    Laocoon
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Interesting ‘fess

    I havent really had time to follow the political scene here much (save for brekkie with Colin Barnett and Troy Buswell on Friday :P )

    Seems Alannah MacTiernan definitely seems well regarded

  • 126
    Rossmore
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    KR winning hands down….

  • 127
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Usually Opposition leaders are enhanced by getting to appear on a stage with a PM. Abbott is diminished. He looks like a rank amateur.

  • 128
    Sean Tisme
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Good to see Abbott pulling Rudd up on his 70% lie.

    Stop telling lies Rudd, it makes you look like a dickhead.

    Only 40% of people got a visa to Australia under the Pacific Solution

  • 129
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    alias

    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Sky should have a fact checker slotting info in Speers’ ear. Those Nauru refugee percentages cited by Abbott are wrong, are they not?

    yes they are incorrect

  • 130
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    The worm goes up when Gillard’s name is mentioned. :)

  • 131
    James J
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    109: The Channel 7 worm is the opposite. The way the networks have implemented the worms this debate has rendered them pretty useless.

  • 132
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    rua,

    I’m sure you remember the King of Id about mercy.

  • 133
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    That’s why Abbott voted against business tax cut in Parliament when proposed by Labor

  • 134
    alias
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    It’s embarrassing how poorly Abbott is doing. He’s frowning a lot, fidgeting, looking worried, looking overcome by the occasion.

  • 135
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    triton:

    GEM has the footy here. Watching Seven2.

  • 136
    Silky38
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    LMFAO confessions. :)

  • 137
    confessions
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    James J

    How can the worms be different? Isn’t it the same audience ersponding?

  • 138
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    It’s not too late to turn this into the Santos/Vinick debate. One can dream!

  • 139
    guytaur
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    “@KateEllisMP: Tony Abbott looks as comfortable discussing his audit commission as Corey Bernardi at a same sex marriage ceremony #debate #surprisecuts”

  • 140
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Tax – Abbott has previously stated budget emergency but is proposing to cut business tax….less revenue

  • 141
    Sean Tisme
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Howard used to lose debates… won 4 elections in a row.

    But to be fair both Rudd and Abbott are doing just as bad as each other

  • 142
    dave
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    rudd waffling – hasn’t got an answer.

  • 143
    DisplayName
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    What I’ve worked out from the last few pages is that the worm is more interesting than the debate :P .

  • 144
    BK
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I can’t recall any worm excursion into negative territory for Rudd.

  • 145
    rummel
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    How many time have Labor told us about the budget returning to surplus lol…. Labor promised to return it to surplus this year.

  • 146
    This little black duck
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    fess,

    Some worms are being managed by Newscorpse.

  • 147
    liyana
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I believe there are many worms…and all are turning in their graves…

  • 148
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    NBN – Abbott – expert advice – who from? the inventor of the internet Turnbull?

  • 149
    Silky38
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Abbott lying about fraudband. Get him Rudd.

  • 150
    Silky38
    Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Abbott lying about fraudband. Get him Rudd.

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