Australian former PM visits Indigenous community during campaigns on Palm Island

13:41, August 11, 2010      

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Australia's former prime minister Kevin Rudd has visited the Indigenous community of Palm Island off north Queensland on Wednesday morning, as he continues to do his part for Labor Party's national election campaign.

According to Australian Associated Press, Labor Party was using Rudd to campaign in marginal Queensland electorates, amid fresh polling showing the party has been struggling in battleground states.

An analysis of the latest Newspoll has said Labor is facing the loss of 16 seats in state New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. In Queensland, where the coalition has an eight-point lead over Labor Party, the government faces the loss of eight seats.

Rudd will spend Wednesday campaigning in the Townsville-based electorate of Herbert, which Labor Party hopes to win on Aug. 21 election.

Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey said it was an important day for the community, with islanders taking the opportunity to meet Rudd, the man who led the apology to the Indigenous Stolen Generations.

"I've given him a couple of invitations on a number of occasions while in Canberra for Palm Island Council's business and I certainly gave him an open invitation earlier this year," Lacey told ABC Network on Wednesday.

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