TASMANIAN voters can expect a barrage of political advertising and last-minute visits from the leaders of both major parties, as they enter the home stretch of an extraordinarily long federal election campaign.
Just six days out from the election Labor remains defiant in the face of polling consistently pointing to a bruising defeat in Tasmanian electorates, while the Liberals' mantra is to take nothing for granted.
Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings will not be around to help her federal colleagues during the crucial week though, departing for her Asian trade mission yesterday.
Deputy State Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff said her absence was no coincidence.
``The Premier has known since the start of the year that the election would be in early September,'' Mr Rockliff said.
``It's clear that federal Labor doesn't want to be associated with her disastrous record on unemployment and Labor's destruction of the Tasmanian economy.''
Liberal Party Tasmanian director Sam McQuestin said yesterday that ``the last few days are just really, really important''.
``A lot of people make their mind up in the last few days.''
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to return to the state's North to make a ``significant announcement for Launceston'' early this week and it is likely Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will also make an appearance.
Tasmanian Labor Party secretary John Dowling said the fight was far from over.
``Despite what some media outlets say, we're still getting a very good reaction,'' Mr Dowling said.
He said it had been the biggest grassroots campaign run in the state with a record number of phone calls made to voters.
``People are going flat out, it's a race to the finish line.''
Advertisements from local candidates and the national parties will reach their peak in the first half of this week.
Polling may put the Liberals on track to claim three or four Tasmanian electorates, but Mr McQuestin said it was a massive task given the party currently held no House of Representative seats in the state.
``We have a mountain to climb,'' Mr McQuestin said. ``I think all of our candidates are feeling energised and are working really hard.''