Captain Abbott rediscovers Tasmania

As Tony Abbott's hunt takes him to marginal Tasmanian seats, it's a shame there isn't more fire behind his allocation of the state as a 'special economic zone'.

How times have changed. It was only in May, when victory for Tony Abbott over then-Prime Minister Gillard seemed assured, that this columnist wrote off the seats of Bass and Braddon in Tasmania as being too much trouble for the Coalition to seriously target.

Why would they have chased these two 7 per cent-margin seats, when they were already guaranteed a landslide against Gillard?

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