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TONY EASTLEY: Two Federal Ministers have re-opened Labor's attack on newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch.

The Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr says News Corp tabloids in Australia have displayed bias, which is affecting the Government's standing in the opinion polls.

And the Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten says a deliberate campaign by Murdoch owned papers is making Labor's job more difficult.

From Canberra, Naomi Woodley reports.

NAOMI WOODLEY: In the first week of the election campaign, the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd consistently pointed out what he saw as a deliberate strategy being waged against his government by News Corp Australia's tabloids.

KEVIN RUDD: The message delivered very clearly was to them - go hard on Rudd, start from Sunday, and don’t back off.

NAOMI WOODLEY: It had dropped off as a campaign theme for Labor, but reared its head again last night with a specific accusation of bias by the Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr.

BOB CARR: There's no doubt they’re being mobilised to vilify the Labor Government and in particular its Prime Minister.

NAOMI WOODLEY: Senator Carr says Labor can regain momentum in the campaign by continuing its attack on the Opposition's proposed paid parental leave scheme.

But when asked by Lateline's Emma Alberici if Labor could turn around its deficit in the opinion polls, Senator Carr said a News Corp campaign was partly to blame for public perception of the Government.

BOB CARR: I cannot nominate a front page, the federal politics in the Courier Mail or the Daily Telegraph in Sydney, that hasn't been there to deride, to treat in derisory fashion, the Labor Prime Minister of Australia.

EMMA ALBERICI: Isn't it entirely possible that they believe your government hasn't been a good one?

BOB CARR: It could well be the case. But shouldn't the Australian people, Emma, make that decision? With all the facts before them, without being bullied and bustled in that direction?

NAOMI WOODLEY: The Workplace Relations Minister, Bill Shorten, made a similar point on the Q&A program.

BILL SHORTEN: At the end of the day, we in Labor have to rely upon the fact that there's 15 million people, many of whom will make up their own minds independent of the newspapers. But it certainly does increase the degree of difficulty which Labor faces as the underdog in this election.

NAOMI WOODLEY: The Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer says the Government is mistaken.

KELLY O'DWYER: Could it be that this reportage is reflective of the fact that this government is simply not a good government?

NAOMI WOODLEY: She says putting up with unfavourable media coverage is part of the price of democracy and a free press.

TONY EASTLEY: Naomi Woodley.