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Poll dancing

Poll dancing

Much of 2007 was marked by speculation as to when the federal election would be called. Keeping a close watch on the opinion polls, both major parties jockeyed for positions in marginal seats. The significant budget surplus underwrote many election promises. Labor's tactic of installing celebrity candidates in marginal seats was cause for comment, as was the federal government's takeover of the state-run Mersey Hospital in Tasmania.