Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Digs, Swipes Ahead of Debate; Critics Sharpen Their Attacks on 'Mr Harbourside Mansion' and 'Man Boobs'

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Digs, Swipes Ahead of Debate; Critics Sharpen Their Attacks on 'Mr Harbourside Mansion' and 'Man Boobs'

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Byline: Chris Calcino ARM Newsdesk

THE campaign flesh-pressing machine was churning at full tilt as Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten prepared to face off at last night's first leaders' debate.

The Prime Minister had to shrug off an obvious dig from Tony Abbott's former chief of staff, Peta Credlin, who labelled him "Mr Harbourside Mansion".

Appearing as a commentator on Sky News, Credlin criticised her former boss's usurper for cancelling a walk through a shopping centre in Sydney's western suburbs.

"If it's known you are going to do a street walk in Penrith, the last thing you want to do, Mr Harbourside Mansion, is look like you don't know and you're not welcome in Western Sydney," she said.

Mr Turnbull ignored the swipe, while Treasurer Scott Morrison took to ABC radio in Melbourne to talk up his leader as "someone who started out in a flat with his single-parent dad".

Mr Turnbull spent the day in South Australia, announcing a $43 million rail line extension that Labor said was a rehash of a plan it had already allocated funds to while in government. …

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