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Clark, T., Holmes, D., Maguire, D., Muller, D., Carmignani, F., Fernandez, J., O'Donnell, M. and Rintel, S. (2013). Rudd vs Abbott people's forum: experts respond. The Conversation, (21 August)

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Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have met in a “town hall” style leaders' debate at the Broncos Leagues Club in Brisbane.

Abbott and Rudd took questions from an audience of 100 undecided voters on issues from public service cuts, industrial relations, the environment and asylum seekers.

In his closing statements, Rudd pointed to Queensland state premier Campbell Newman breaking his promise not to cut public service jobs, as a harbinger of what would face Australia if an Abbott government were elected.