WITH the two major party leaders occupied elsewhere, the third week of the federal election campaign was the quietest in Tasmania so far.
It was left to Labor's most senior Tasmanian member Julie Collins to declare that $100 million in federal funding that had been tied to the forestry peace agreement progressing would now flow even if the deal was killed off by the Legislative Council.
The move angered the Greens, who described it as a breach of the spirit of the agreement, but Ms Collins said jobs were the priority.
Given Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had already vowed to honour the funding commitments, the successful applicants are now guaranteed the funding no matter who wins on September 7.
As the campaign passed the halfway mark, the Liberals focused on tackling the Tamar estuary.
They first pledged $500,000 for a scoping project to find short- and long-term solutions to stop sewage flowing into it.
The next day, Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop joined the party's candidate in Bass, Andrew Nikolic, to promise $170,000 for a second Green Army clean-up of the estuary from Kings Bridge to the Tailrace.
Preference deals - critical in the tight contest in Denison - were also in the spotlight this week.
The Liberals will preference incumbent independent Andrew Wilkie, while Labor's Jane Austin will benefit from the Greens putting her number 2 on their how-to-vote-cards.
In three of the four other seats, the Greens have placed Labor above the Liberals, and will run an open ticket in Lyons.
Tasmania may have been ignored by the leaders of the major parties this week, but it got plenty of attention from the high-profile Bob Katter.
The leader of the Katter Australia Party flew in on Monday, telling journalists the state needed more politicians like him, and spent three days campaigning with local candidates.