The Labor Party launch would be politically star studded as former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke are expected to grace the affair. The latter is expected to introduce Gillard as the standard bearer of the party. This move is expected to sway the Queensland voters to the Labor side as it is still a major battleground state for either party.
Julia Gillard on the other hand continued to downplay the supposed lead, suggesting "Mr. Abbott could be prime minister, that's too big a risk." As a form of damage control, Tony Abbott has agreed to respond to questions from the Queensland audience in his campaign sorties while still ducking the Labor debate challenge on the economy. He has declared though that "under the Coalition, debt will always be lower and deficits smaller."
The issue on the economy has been the major source of voter discontent in this election for the Coalition party. There has been no clear Treasury costing for the election pledges made throughout the campaign of Tony Abbott. This has been the opening that Labor has launched its attack ads, questioning Abbott's economic credibility with quotes from party kin such as former Liberal leader John Hewson and former treasurer Peter Costello.
On another front, former Labor leader Mark Latham is campaigning for a protest vote and urging others to leave the ballot blank for the August 21 elections. He said that the elections were "stage managed, fake and lacked substance". He also deplored the empty slogans used in the campaign and accused both parties of "dumbing down politics." The reunion between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd is what he calls a "sham".
While the campaign by Mr. Latham seems unorthodox, it was not illegal per se according to the Australian Electoral Commission. In a statement issued by the AEC spokesman Phil Diak, "There's no explicit provision in the electoral act against someone telling someone else to cast an informal vote as an opinion or a view." It was however an electoral offense to publish information that could cause people to cast an informal vote. An example is a misleading election advertisement which can result in an informal vote. An informal vote is an uncounted vote mainly due to errors in filling out the ballot document.