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Diary: Julia Gillard is in Melbourne. She's done a string of radio interviews, including one with 3AW's Neil Mitchell. She has a mid-morning event planned in Melbourne, and possibly another later today.
Tony Abbott is in Victoria "talking to workers about Labor's toxic carbon tax".
Newspoll: The latest Newspoll numbers are a reality check for Labor MPs. While the poll was conducted before the carbon tax was announced, it underlines the massive task facing Julia Gillard and her party in selling the carbon tax. Support for Labor has slumped to a record low 27 per cent and primary support for the Coalition to 49 per cent its highest level since 2001. A special carbon tax question found that, without all the detail, just 30 per cent of Australians support the plan and 59 per cent are opposed.
Report card: After day one of the carbon tax sales pitch, Labor is cautiously optimistic. Julia Gillard entered the "lions den" of Western Sydney - although she avoided the carnivorous Alan Jones - and managed not to get eaten alive. Insiders reckon that's no mean feat, considering the public mood out there. They also point to more than 100 interviews by Labor frontbenchers yesterday in which they managed not to contradict each other. But, as the Daily Telegraph helpfully points out , the cards were stacked in Gillard's favour when she stopped in on the only carbon tax supporter in an entire Emu Plains Street. The Tele also has been kind enough to publish a photo of the PM's shoes, which she's promised to wear out selling her tax. The PM was on Q&A last night. She was on top of the detail but faced a sceptical audience.
The Coalition is more confident. "Our biggest problem is there are too many ways to attack
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