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Stateline. have a great weekend, goodnight. (Laughs) Hello and welcome to Stateline. Here we are at last, election eve after 6 weeks, all that remains for us to the all-important senate race where it's possible ACT will play a big part in either where it's possible ACT voters

changing or preserving balance of power. I've changing or preserving the

joined in the studio by sen balance of power. I've been

store Kate Lundy, senator Gary Humphries and would-be senator Kerry Tucker. First, for a day on the campaign Garrett joined each one of them

trail. Hello, how are you? Not too bad, yourself? Very with people jobs. It's not with people losing their

Gardens. If you hadn't already guessed the theme for today is focusing on your work. The Howard extreme legislation has hurt a work. The Howard Government's lot of people in the Howard has conceded that lot of people in the ACT, John

will be quote - finessing - laws in the future. What does will be quote - finessing - the

that mean, Mr Howard? really enjoyed it. I think that mean, Mr Howard? The kids

housing affordability's' big issue you out there. I had quite a few people talk to me at the stalls last weekend. prevailing every where. So Broadband is an issue that's

people are still expressing prevailing every where. So many

frustration. There significant wins I believe we would've significant wins I don't

without senator's commitment to believe we would've achieved

child the issues we all feel are si child care and particularly Ron

So ip pornt about quality affordability. The primary, I So ip pornt about quality and

really about taking on this question increasing the rebate from to 50% for parents. I think it will be a really seat to watch if you like, or will be a really interesting

night. I've got seats to watch on election

policy. You're a mug if take anything for modern politics. Senator Gary Humphries begins this day the campaign trail at Lanyon

canvassing. Have you had many people talk about

drieb. - dreev. (Singing) Very good. (Laughs)

or five positive ones. Is negative comment there's four

a lot of concern about the IR or five positive ones. Is there

laws? I could number on fingers of one hand the number laws? I could number on the

of people who raise that issue months. Next stop is a with Thawar earks Val months. Next stop is a meeting

over with Thawar earks Val Jeffreys stalemate. Be careful going round there. We've had two people killed down there, a detour. Back on major injury. On the

Lawson, the senator faces the detour. Back on the road to

media. What today is being announced by the Prime in Brisbane is the release of hectares of Commonwealth land that's being released for the

purposes of producing affordable purposes of producing more doubt at all that this is a affordable housing. I've no

also say that I can't remember a senate election in the 20 years where there a senate election in the last

been that kind 20 years where there hasn't

the ACT Liberal sep tore. this is not new. Ditch name, the ACT Liberal sep tore. So

but other people proclaimed themselves to be people who are going to knock off the Liberal senator of the ABC. So whether Kerry going to the one to do that ABC. So whether Kerry Tucker's

remains to be seen. senate candidate Kerry gets the campaign day's down on the walk to the party's electoral office. With or two along going? Into great. The whole or two along the way. How's it question around privatisation

impact on small businesses is one that I'm certainly feedback on. See you later. See one that I'm certainly getting

you. Morning, Tom. Morning. OK. I've just got to are get ready for a radio interview. I'll pop into this hole in the wall. I think the point has be made again and again wall. I think the point has to

just releasing lan is not to solve the affordability just releasing lan is not going

crisis for people income. The rents assistance is not keeping up either. are left in housing stress even not keeping up either. People

with Basically the market's out of with aren't assistance.

control for renters. People are concerned about climate change. I think people understand about the senate in Canberra and some of the legislation that's they're also very offended by

been rammed through. I the senate is so critical been rammed through. I think

because it's a way that you can keep a check on of the day. And keep them and hold is particularly interesting hold them accountable. Canberra

because if I were leaked take my seat straight away. because if I were leaked I'd

only takes one seat to take my seat straight away. It

take away the complete control only takes one seat to go to

of the senate from John Howard so little old Canberra can make a huge difference of Australia. I think we've a chance, for sure. I don't think any commentator there is no chance, still a big lot going for her. The still a big ask. She's got a

vote in the ACT is the highest in Australia. She's get-up campaign, which has helped her a lot and she is very well known in the very well known in the ACT, she spent niep spent niep years in the legislative assembly and concentrated not only on Green issues but on broader issues as well. If anyone well. If anyone can do it, she could, but - but - thesis-time of Territory representation in the senate was set up by major parties so they would get one senator each in each Territory and have Territory and have a neutral system as far system as far as they're concerned. You don't think she can get over the line? No, I don't think she will. She may have had a chance before the started talking about bureaucracy and taking a razor gang to which particularly affects which particularly affects ACT. That may mean some waiverers might come back to might come back to the Coalition. You'd Garry Humphries back in? Into yes, but it will abvery close fight. He needs 33 and fight. He needs 33 and a third % of the vote after preferences. Normally that wouldn't be a very big ask, but bear in mind there bear in mind there are at least five representative five representative seats in Australia which - Australia which - the Libs do not have anyway thank amount. In the ACT the Libs have always got 33.3 and they've always got it in the senate preferences since senate representation started in the 1970s. Kerry Tucker, the 1970s. Kerry Tucker, the weight of history is against you. What have you got have you got that the man sitting next to you doesn't have that makes you fit to the seb tonne? I think this isn't particularly about senator Humphries. It's about democracy. I think people in Canberra do understand if people do any where in Australia, the Australia, the importance of the senate and how the senate and how the system works. And happened over the last 3 years with John Howard controlling the senate. He did promise the senate. He did promise us that he would use that power soberly and wisely, but he hasn't done that. And I that's really obvious to many people in Canberra people in Canberra and they know it hasn't been good for Australia . You've argued and loud that the sebate needs diversity, it needs someone like you holding the balance of power. Why are two or three Greens holding that power more dem Cathic than the weight of say the Liberal or Labor Party controlling, both sides? It's a difference sides? It's a difference really between having a between having a minority government and not. There's conversation is created when either of the major need to ask for their - need to ask for their - the votes from someone else. this is certainly my experience in the legislative assembly that when you government you do get that conversation, this means the people can be broght in to the conversation, the experts can be brought in, committees be brought in, committees can look at issues and so does create better outcomes from everyone in the end when you have a major party controlling either house, then this's an obvious tendency for them to just do what they want. Garry Humphries, you want. Garry Humphries, you have an economy nicely, you'd aurg nicely, you'd aurg up employment is down. employment is down. The conditions for conditions for life for Australians have perhaps never been better. Why are you in trouble? Obviously there's a campaign that's been run very hard on the question of balance in the senate. It's had a certain amount of traction which is going to count somewhere somewhat on the election tomorrow. The argument that Kerry's just used that Kerry's just used about ensuring balance, swings other way, if you with a Labor government after tomorrow's election. If you have a Labor government, not only controls the Federal government but also all 8 and Territory governments, you really want to put your eggs in the one back et when it comes to the Territory representation in the Federal Parliament? Parliament? You're the last stop? Indeed I am. almost conceding defeat, isn't it? I'm saying historically people in this Territory vote saying if you've got a Labor government government Federally, who's going to stand up for this Territory best in those circumstances? Who is going to oppose a Labor government's plans to implement a plans to implement a razor gang, take a meat axe Rudd put it this week to Canberra? Who is going to Canberra? Who is going to stand up when a Federal tries to put paid parking into the parliamentarytry angle the parliamentarytry angle - triangle. Balance is argument that's been this debate. I'm putting to people if you believe in balance you don't put all your eggs in the one basket circumstance for the Lundy, you're in the enviable position of being pretty shoe-in. You don't have to scrap it out as these two But your position can't have

been helped by Kevin Rudd's assertion he's going to take a meat axe to the public service. How do you quounter that? you assure the viewers that no jobs in that no jobs in Canberra will be lost? Lindsay Tanner, be lost? Lindsay Tanner, our spokesperson for finance has said that he thinks we can the changes without any forced redundancies. Forced, but what about voluntary redundancies? These are jobs lost. Voluntary redundancies are certainly in the mix. There will be changes to the public service reflect Labor's policy priority. So down size? We think it's very important make sure that we don't keep growing the growing the public service particularly the echelons, I think since the year 200,000 2001. There is waste. I We are being tough. That's economically economically responsible. And we make in apology - That is your town, should be standing up for the people in your town. Excuse me. This is - you're the public service you're the public service - I recall 19876 when the Howard government came in and didn't tell people what they were going to do to senior in 1986. I opposed those changes. You did the same thing to the ACT to the ACT public service with enthusiasm and I don't enthusiasm and I don't recall you changes. I did. We're being up front about the changes that will take place. I think Canberrans understand that, we're being honest about the They will respect us They will respect us for being up front about the up front about the need for some changes. Yet you have this rather odd unions, the CPSU criticising you for this you for this approach. Particularly the language that's used. Do you that's used. Do you regret the facts that words like take a meat cleaver burning, are used in relation here in Canberra as hard working public sir vants? I think Kevin Rudd is using strident language to make strident language to make a strong point. Do you regret that? There's no Howard government things to go out of They've spent millions ains millions of millions of dollars on advertising, on consultants, we saw them slash and burn, they first came they first came into government and rebuild it. That tes us there is a core amount of work in the public service that has to go to go on. It won't be in the same way that the same way that the Howard government is doing it because we will be doing things differently. There will be less jobs at the end of the day, is that true?. We've that. We're be some voluntary be some voluntary redundancies.

There will be new work that needs to be done under Labor. Soy don't believe it's Soy don't believe it's possible it make a call on the it make a call on the net effect at this stage. But where he are being up-front about some cuts that will voluntary redundancies. Certainly will involve changes because that will refleck Labor's policy I sa to that that I think that language is language is really concern ing for for public servants in Canberra. They're in a cloud of uncertainty just before Christmas. is also a concern if you're having across the efficiency dividends imposed by Labor when they're lgs also saying Mr Howard's been asleep at the wheel for the last 3 years or longer in fact, I'm just concerned that if you're going to see cuts they going to see cuts they need to be informed by where the slack is and where we need to see is and where we need to see an increase, because if Mr Howard's been asleep at the wheel - I agree with that - then then there's going to be certain areas of the public sector that need to be sector that need to be built up if we're to face the challenges before us. And there are before us. And there are key issues about the somebody service itself, that service itself, that it needs to be protected and respected, it needs to be allowed it needs to be allowed to be frank and fearless. Gary, Humphries, can you say unequivocally there isn't any need to slash public service? There are need to make redundancies cut down on jobs? Absolutely. The public service today is bigger because it's done a to grow the services to the Australian community. Redundancies, voluntary or otherwise in the bhaised in this a repercussion on the of Canberra. It will this city, I'm I that a represent tib of that a represent tib of the city is prepared not to stand up for it in astonished frankly astonished frankly that Kerry

has only discovered this issue in the last 2 weeks. Labor announced its plans to cut Canberra 8 months ago, it was only 2 weeks ago you, Kerry, put the first press release out about wanting to save Canberra from a razor gang. We've been talking about the public sector for quite a long time in for quite a long time in this campaign. But not the public the public service is - I'm really happy really happy to talk about the cuts. And what cuts. And what I'm saying and I've said is this as careful process. I don't like this language don't like this language of razor gangs and across the board efficiency do need to look at where need to build up capacity there may need to be further capacity built up but there to be the analysis brought to the people so we can see this is sensible or is Kevin Rudd trying to tax cuts he's made to keep up with Mr Howard giving away public money and tax cuts and trying to trying to save money somewhere else. Does it strike you as change that at this the political cycle it's the political cycle it's the Labor Party that's arguing to slash public services? What the Labor Party is doing is putting forward I think a very clear position, we've outlined where our cuts will be we've outlined an efficiency an efficiency dividend and we are being are being completely up front with the with the Canberra and the Australian electorate about Australian electorate about the need to change the public service. We service. We have new policy priorities and we have the right as any new does to implement them. believe the campaign being run by the Liberals is irresponsible fear campaign. They have no credibility on the issue of cuts given what

occurred in 1996 where the Howard government lied coming into office about the impact on the public service. Garry Humphries - And Humphries - And then 3,000 people lost their people lost their jobs. Now we've been very clear, we've been very clear, we've articulated the cuts, the changes, believe there will be forced redundancies, theafs the best way to be up front leading this election. Garry Humphries, very quickly what, is the single biggest issue you

single biggest issue you think confront this city you confront this city you can offer to get you over the

line? I think it's the loss opportunities, the loss of growth, the loss of vitality that comes from cutting in the city and deep. That's not -... Future Where's the vision is to protect this city, to make sure the things that have happened in the last decade, which are good for the Canberra economy don't end and they will end if razor gang is taken to the tune of $10 lose, will you go back lose, will you go back to the assembly? Should assembly? Should bill Stefan ek be be worried? No. Kerry tucker, what will you do? If I what will you do? If I don't win? I'll take a win? I'll take a break then I'll think about perhaps looking for work. In some sense would there be a feeling of relief? Um, I'd be very disappointed because disappointed because I think this is such this is such a critical time for Australia. We're out of time. Thank you all very indeed. May the % of you indeed. May the % of you win. Now to finish our election coverage, it's been a long 6 weeks and this report is last days of the campaign. last days of the campaign. This is how it all begins. night on the campaign night on the campaign trail comes the message of what might lie ahead for the travelling media the next extraordinarily controlled. You rarely fine out rarely fine out about 10, 11:00 pm where you're going to be pm where you're going to be the next day, the message then next day, the message then is usually along the lines of be on a bus. You get on the on a bus. You get on the bus and find out where you going. You realise where you are once the journey ends. Most times you don't know whether you're staying in a hotel one, three night. It's a complete Co coon. From this From this tightly controlled cocoon comes the daily diet we've been fed on our we've been fed on our TV screens and screens and in our newspapers for six long weeks now. The Prime Minister takes walk. Gets a photograph. Kevin Rudd visits shopping centre. That's you in centre. That's you in the middle. John Howard visits Schools have been a big favourite too. (Excited chatter) Just one more sleep and we should get a rest and we should get a rest from all this. But all this. But what have we really learned from the been a sameness about the campaign. It's difficult these days, the campaigns - there's very little interaction unconstrained, if you like, natural, interaction. We've gone through this long election campaign this long election campaign and I'm as much in the dark as people were when we started as to what they'll do. They're just so controlled and so cautious about things that I defy eye you to tell going to happen in the next 3 years. Everything's got years. Everything's got tighter and tighter. It's controlled text message. This has been without doubt orchestrated and election campaign we've election campaign we've ever had. I've been covering since the early 1980s. But since the early 1980s. But has the desire the desire for control gone just too far. Here's an insight into how it into how it really works. When we join the Kevin Rudd we join the Kevin Rudd bus brigade in Melbourne the campaign has entered it's last week. Text messages on week. Text messages on both side have been flying thick and

fast. As expected we have no idea where we're headed but we're about to we're about to fine out. We're going into the... Rodney Cox, we're building a a start. But where are we going to end where we're going tonight. It's a short plane trip. clothes or cold clothes? The clothes you're wearing. This clothes you're wearing. This is starting it feel like being

back at school. Sure enough we soon arrive at marginal seat of La Trobe, for that vital photo opportunity featuring Kevin Rudd.

CHEERING The opposition leader likes schools he likes the pictures of being swamped by students and he can hammer students and he can hammer his

education revolution whatever that is, again and again. It is a referendum on the future, a referendum on education system. That's and parcel of our education revolution. I say again, revolution. I say again, I'll say it all week, that Saturday's election will be a referendum on whether we want to go forward with education system... You begin to get the general idea that repetition is the name of game here. And not too much detail. Quests from the media are a side bar and carefully selected. I think if the public

watch add lot of the longer footage rather than just the short minute and a half on short minute and a half on the news they'd be quite disturbed at what they're seeing. This lack of a real dialogue between journalists on leaders. You have Rudd entral casting carefully scripted by scripted by focus group lines, all his dot points. Ask him dot points. Ask him about anything thea give you the same answers. Howard hasn't got traction on traction on anything. If this thank is the case it's not thank is the case it's not for want of trying. want of trying. The Prime Minister too Minister too has been focused on those picture opportunity like wandering into a like wandering into a coffee shop in Sydney's CBD. The was to promote small The result was a The result was a media frenzy. And a spot of excitement for a handful of workers. Not too many Australians somewherev the leaders on leaders on a campaign any more because the travelling schedule is so wrap end secrecy. Trying to control these pictures opportunities and eliminate mistakes, so you don't tell anyone where you're going be, so therefore no-one can plan to be there to have a discussion with you. You don't want to run into someone who might ask you a hard question or a real voter who might have a concern or an interest group. Mr Keating's telling me Mr Keating's telling me I should be in should be in Canberra today, talking with journalists. Where should I be should I be today? Whatever happened to the big happened to the big public meeting reaction, took all-comers, you fed off the hecklers, you made your hecklers, you made your points. those days are gone. And forever. # With golden closest you'll get to a these days is party fund raiser preaching to the faithful. The country's in country's in very good shape economically. We've got Sf all of these messages if you is haven't noticed are is haven't noticed are deliver end front of a backdrop end front of a backdrop carted around to each around to each venue. New leadership for Kevin while the Howard team has "Go for growth". They just set themselves in the themselves in the ABC studio? Sydney and didn't move. Showed different pictures on background, save everyone a lot of time, effort and money. Wouldn't have to purn up all those fuel and waist jets. Sg we'll know after tomorrow's vote whether the jets, the buses, the back drops, the schools and shopping centres more than the other. Perhaps many voters made up many voters made up their minds long long ago. For the past 12 months the opinion polls have pointed to victory. Apart from variations win. But despite all the public talk from the leaders that this will be a very close will be a very close vote there are senior figures privately forecasting a Labor land slide. I Labor land slide. I guess Labor will win Labor will win it, if they don't win we should don't win we should never publish an opinion where in the world where in the world again. They just think Howard's old and tired and it's time to get rid of the family pet. I think he will become the seat. There is a bigger seat. There is a bigger win than Labor achieved than Bob Hawke won office in 1983. We're above the snow line and there's a peak somewhere. Still some fog and mist around. I know there's another bloke the other side. This will be very tight in terms of who gets there first. I am not going to hype oth size about defeat. I am wanting to win. My every waking hour is directed waking hour is directed towards persuading people to support the government. As for election viewing tomorrow night - areas to focus on are the seat rich states of New South Wales and Queensland. They'll be the result. Hi. It's bye from us. The full election coverage ABC television begins at 6 o'clock, your host Kerry O'Brien with Tony Jones O'Brien with Tony Jones along with Anthony Green. Vote and jurs once. tomorrow we should know who jangling the keys to the Lodge here at the same time next week. Closed Captions by CSI Tonight, the boys debate the merits of golf, Charlotte Smith shows us through her collection of the world's greatest fashion designers, and just why Australia fell in love with Clarice Cliff. THEME MUSIC Hello, Panel. ALL: Hi, Andy.

No-one told me it was 'Wear Your Skirt to Work Day'. I thought I'd show off my bonnie legs, laddie. Just be careful of how much you show off tonight. Alright? Be very careful. Keep under control. Nicole. Yes. Tonight on the show two worlds collide.