National

Underdog PM predicts election turnaround

By AAP Newswire

Scott Morrison has declared things are turning around for the coalition's election chances despite being a rank outsider to remain prime minister.

Mr Morrison campaigned in Tasmania for the second day on Thursday, which marked a week since the May 18 election was called.

Officially launching an attempted raid on Labor-held seats, the prime minister fired up about 100 of the party faithful in a Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar at Launceston airport.

"Things are turning around for the Liberal and National parties in this election," Mr Morrison said.

Despite his optimism and an average first week on the trail for Labor leader Bill Shorten, there's a daunting task ahead of the coalition.

They have been lagging in opinion polls for more than 1000 days.

The government needs to pick up seats as well as retain the 73 it notionally holds taking into account the redrawing of electoral boundaries.

Tasmania is in Liberal Party crosshairs with up to three seats up for grabs.

Mr Morrison spent time in northern electorates of Braddon (1.7 per cent notional margin) and Lyons (3.8 per cent), while the latter borders Bass (5.4 per cent).

Health and road safety were the focus of Mr Morrison's second day on the island.

He announced $25.6 million for health across north and northwest Tasmania, and $9.2 million for the driver reviver program nationally,

At the rally, the prime minister received a rousing applause for championing more Tasmanians not having to leave in search of work.

But the parochial crowd didn't appreciate the prospect of more mainlanders joining them on the island.

Mr Morrison on Thursday spoke about the "transactional cost" for Australia of changing the government just days after dismissing the price of switching leaders as a "Canberra bubble" issue.

In one month, voters will put a definitive value on both.