WEEK two of the election started with a bland election debate and finished with parties trading blows over Tasmania's share of funding pledges.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott perhaps edged a narrow victory in a debate notable for its lack of spark - except for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's pledge to re-stage a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage.
The commitment was followed by a social media campaign aimed at galvanising young progressive voters behind the Labor campaign.
While Labor HQ reported strong interest, new national polling had Mr Abbott eking a narrow lead on the PM.
The Examiner broke national news when Labor Senator Lin Thorp declared people in her party were not "completely happy" with Labor's asylum seeker policies, only to attract a quick repudiation from her leader.
On Tuesday the parties traded blows over the GST as Mr Abbott was forced to deny plans to raise the tax or change its redistribution.
This has been a constant Labor theme and is unlikely to disappear any time soon.
Mr Abbott's gaffes (more below) took centre stage but he was able to change the local conversation as he headed back to the island state - opting for Stillwater over another Black Cow steak this time - with a raft of spending promises.
Building on an earlier pledge for targeted funding to employers that could find jobs for long-term unemployed, Mr Abbott backed it up with a Launceston-based Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency, $38million to Hobart Airport, $24 million for a new Antarctic research centre and a number of taskforces.
Mr Abbott also repeated a $400 million Midland Highway upgrade pledge from the 2010 campaign.
The Tasmanian package was not without controversy however, with the fine print on an NBN commitment dragging it into a fight over a Tasmanian NBN rollout.
It was not until Malcolm Turnbull pulled rank that the crack was papered over - long enough for Labor to again beat home its advantage in the public mindset over broadband.
The spending splurge also didn't extend to Tasmania's freight challenge - leaving Labor an opportunity to gazump the surging Liberals in coming weeks.
In Bass, Geoff Lyons was forced to apologise for making false claims over the military service of Liberal candidate Andrew Nikolic, while in the southern seat of Denison, the moment of the Tasmanian campaign was had by independent Andrew Wilkie.
Mr Wilkie, under pressure from a strong Labor campaign and the threat of preferences directed against him, produced a billboard to remember (pictured).