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The PM's diary: Julia Gillard will spend the day in independent MP Tony Windsor's seat of New England. She'll flick the NBN switch in Armidale, the first mainland site to receive the super-fast network (report). She also spent yesterday in the electorate (report). Her local blitz includes talking to local radio stations ABC North-west and 2TM and an event after 9am in Tamworth. The PM will finish her day in Adelaide and wake up in her parent's home town on Thursday, ready for community cabinet.
Tony Abbott is flying to Perth this morning and will deliver a post-budget speech to a business lunch.
Treasurer Wayne Swan continues his budget road show. He is in Adelaide today and then Perth tonight to address the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Liberal Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey will deliver his budget reply speech at the National Press Club today.
Strike: The public sector union is warning pay negotiations with the government are heading for an impasse. To head off strike action - a move open to workers after contracts expire on June 30 - the CPSU will meet with the Public Service Commission tomorrow. And while the union says its crunch time for Customs, Immigration, Defence, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Quarantine and Inspection Service, 74 government agencies are negotiating.
On the road: Energy Minister Martin Ferguson is in Sydney to address the Energy Networks Association smart networks seminar. Tony Burke is in SA make an announcement about the recovery of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth. Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese is in Townsville to inspect the redevelopment of Flinders St with local mayor Les Tyrell. Schools Minister Peter Garrett is visiting Tyndale Christian School in SA with local MP Tony Zappia.
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