TONY Abbott casually took to the floor at the people's forum at the Rooty Hill RSL Club in western Sydney last night and won over the undecided voters in the audience.
In a spirited and confident performance at a venue where he once boxed, the Opposition Leader marked himself as a man at ease in the suburbs and a leader who would not only listen, but would solve their problems - from health to congestion, drug abuse to the rising cost of living.
Ninety minutes earlier, Prime Minister Julia Gillard had visited the iconic club, armed with a $2.1 billion promise for a rail link between the Sydney suburbs of Parramatta and Epping.
But she found herself haunted again by the ghost of Kevin Rudd and cynicism over years of the New South Wales Labor Government's broken promises.
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