Coverage: Leaders' debate today

Premier Lara Giddings and Liberal Leader Will Hodgman will go head-to-head this afternoon in the first of three leaders debates planned before the March 15 election.

The economy and jobs are expected to dominate debate, following the release of the mid-year budget update showing the state's economic fortunes have significantly worsened since the May budget was handed down.

Greens leader Nick McKim is disappointed about being left out of the event and predicted it would be ''boring'' as a result.

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