OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott made a whistlestop tour of Hobart before flying out this afternoon.
The first stop was Hobart airport, where Mr Abbott talked up his $38 million promise to extend the runway by 500 metres.
The money would be delivered over the next two years and allow heavy international jets to use the airport, which Mr Abbott said would increase the air freight, bring international tourists and better support activities in Antarctica.
Next stop was at the Liberal campaign headquarters in central Hobart, where Mr Abbott officially launched the campaigns of Franklin Liberal candidate Bernadette Black and Denison Liberal candidate Tanya Denison.
Surrounded by the party faithful, Mr Abbott cheerfully listed the election promises for Tasmania so far - a Major Projects Office in Launceston, airport funding, $24 million for an Antarctic Research Centre in Hobart and the long promised $400 million to upgrade the Midland Highway.
His comments against The Greens drew loud applause, but rhetoric about stopping the boats were met with silence and swiftly pushed aside.
``No one who wants to deal with the Greens is a true Labor leader. No one who wants to do deals with the Greens is a true friend of the worker,'' Mr Abbott said.
State Opposition Leader Will Hodgman, referred to as ``the next premier'' by Mr Abbott and the actual premier by a visiting journalist, also commented on the decision not to preference the Greens.
``We know better than anyone here in Tasmania how bad they are for our economy and for people's confidence,'' Mr Hodgman said.
``When I said four or five years ago that I wouldn't do any deals with the Greens to get into government some people wondered why that is. I think Tasmanians now well understand why we made that decision.''
Mr Abbott only took two questions, on Labor's policy announced this morning to create a special economic zone in the Northern Territory.
He did not provide any further detail about his plans for Tasmania.