A TASMANIAN freight policy and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott playing the role of Willy Wonka were the highlights of the penultimate federal election policy.
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made the $40-million, two- year commitment with the state government's help on Wednesday morning, designed to ease the state's shipping woes.
The commitment fell short of the $100 million across four years recommended by the Tasmanian Freight Logistics Coordination team, but was enough to give Labor the edge over the Liberals in a crucial policy area.
While leaders and the nation's purse- holders traded insults about policy costings, closer to home the dirty tricks file was close to bulging.
Fresh from GST and NBN scare campaigns, Franklin MHR Julie Collins brought out the ghost of the 2007 campaign with an attack on the Liberals' industrial relations policy.
Suggesting an Abbott government would reduce penalty rates, Ms Collins was dismissed by workplace relations spokesman Eric Abetz.
In Bass, controversy-plagued MHR Geoff Lyons fought off accusations of an underhanded campaign with a brochure depicting Liberal opponent Andrew Nikolic as a parachuted candidate.
Mr Nikolic's party leader Tony Abbott visited Tasmania again, but swapped the Black Cow steak for a block of glass and a half with a visit to Cadbury.
The visiting press were adorned with as much chocolate as they could carry after hearing Mr Abbott pledge to put $16 million into a $66-million redevelopment of the Hobart factory, which would allow chocolate factory tours resume.
Mr Abbott's trip to Southern Tasmania added to suspicion the Liberals believe they can win either Lyons or Franklin - both held by Labor for several elections.
Clive Palmer made a splash with an unfunded promise to build up to six fast ferries and run them between an as-yet- undecided Tasmanian port and Melbourne, but did not visit outside Hobart, save a brief stopover in Devonport.
The Greens held their Tasmanian campaign launch on Thursday, showing their almost total focus on returning Peter Whish-Wilson to Canberra after his appointment to fill Bob Brown's shoes last year.
The major party leaders also staged their final scheduled debate - a people's forum in the heart of western Sydney - in which most observers again saw no clear winner. This advantaged Mr Abbott as the clear poll leader, who will take the ascendancy into the final week of the campaign.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
"Tony Abbott takes reporters who haven't washed clothes in weeks to factory full of washing powder" @nickbutterly
The West Australian reporter Nick Butterly gives an insight into life on the campaign trail.
GAFFE OF THE WEEK
Kevin Rudd's critique of the Liberal party's failure to provide full and frank costings is justified, but he overstepped the mark when he used Treasury figures of Labor's assumptions of Opposition policies as attack lines.
In an unprecedented move, senior Treasury and Finance officials made a statement to declare Mr Rudd wrong to twist their analysis, leaving the Prime Minister with egg on his face.