Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten go head-to-head tonight, in the first public debate of the election campaign. It follows another rough day on the hustings. The Prime Minister’s team copped a blast from Tony Abbott’s former Chief of Staff, while Labor faces a growing campaign against its negative gearing proposals.

Tegan Atkins reports.


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was in South Australia talking submarines and rail lines.

He announced that the Coalition would put $43 million into a new a rail line to Flinders University in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, cutting current travel times by 18 minutes.

Meanwhile Tony Abbott’s controversial former Chief-of-staff Peta Credlin has jumped into the campaign.

She criticised Turnbull for cancelling a street walk and appearing arrogant.

The Prime Minister brushed it off.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “Well I’ve everyone’s entitled to their commentary, I’m focused on jobs and growth for all Australians.”

In other election news the real estate industry will launch an advertising campaign attacking Labor’s policy on negative gearing.

Some of the nation’s firms will reportedly target families, renters and homeowners with direct mail saying it’s bad for the economy.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten responded, after a morning run in Sydney.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “I can guarantee that our measures will give a better chance than currently exists for first home buyers to enter the housing market.”

The two leaders will battle it out at a Sydney RSL club tonight taking questions from a live audience, in the first of several debates during the next seven weeks.

Tegan Atkins, QUT News.