Attack advertisements escalated across all media platforms and warring words over preferences on how-to-vote cards dominated the second final week of this federal election campaign.
As it was predicted at the start of the campaign, the Labor and Liberal parties have engaged in negative tactics over the past weeks which had potentially obscured any positive policy messaging they have attempted to deliver to electorates.
The Liberals in Tasmania have thrown their weight behind Nationals candidate in Lyons, Deanna Hutchinson, after the disendorsement of their candidate Jessica Whelan.
Further, they have sought to concentrate on the Bass and Braddon electorates which they still view as winnable.
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In doing so, they have continuously called out Labor for its southern-focused election promises despite several significant announcements from the party for the North early on in the campaign.
Ms Whelan continued to attract media attention for her controversial social media posts which saw her dumped as a Liberal candidate, adding further distraction from campaign announcements from the major parties.
She said last week she could still win the seat of Lyons.
"I will be the strongest voice the people of Lyons have ever had because I won't need to toe the party line on any issues and will be able to vote in line with what my constituents need," Ms Whelan said on her Facebook page.
The humble egg emerged as a political weapon at a CWA event in Albury attended by Scott Morrison but appeared hard-boiled as it simply bounced off his scone and caused no damage.
A day after a failed 'got-ya' moment by the Daily Telegraph pushed Mr Shorten into the spotlight with an emotional retort defending his mother's career - something sure to appeal to the News Ltd haters and women who balance family lives and careers.
Former Liberal senator Peter Rae said the reporting of climate change policy, an important issue throughout Australia, seemed to be inadequate.
He said the question remained as to whether the Labor party had written off Northern Tasmania through a relative absence of Mr Shorten compared to Mr Morrison.
Mr Rae said Liberal supporters in Lyons remained confused as to how they should vote in the House of Representatives.
"There are a lot of people who wonder what they should do now and whether they should vote for Jessica Whelan, who, apart from the matters for which she resigned from the Liberal party, apparently is a good candidate," he said.
"The other one (Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson) is somebody who is virtually unknown."
Former state Labor minister Julian Amos said Labor's campaign launch, complete with the theatrics of the attendance of Paul Keating, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, outlined a visionary statement for Australia.
"This included a fair world and better access to services which I thought was quite compelling," he said.
"Shorten put his views across well and presented himself in an animated way."
Dr Amos said the final televised debate last week exhibited the character of the two major party leaders.
He said Mr Shorten revealed he had a short fuse while under attack while Mr Morrison presented himself as belligerent while under attack and glib at times.
"That's why neither man has captured the imagination of the Australian people," Dr Amos said.
He said the campaign's narrative seemed to be Labor's policy announcements followed by the Liberals' response to them which showed the government was in defensive mode.
"Therefore, it is Labor's campaign," Dr Amos said.
"I find it interesting that the government hasn't been able to get its own message out."
He said Labor was presenting itself as an united team, while for the Liberals, it was just Mr Morrison doing the talking.