\nFull election coverage\n The soccer mums and dads of Concord are overwhelmed. Joe Hockey, the Coalition shadow treasurer, turned up to their soccer club on Saturday with a pledge of $500,000. Then Bill Shorten, the federal Education and Industrial Relations Minister, breezed in on Monday and trumped Hockey with a promise of $1 million. "I understand our opponents turned up with half a cheque," Shorten bragged alongside the local member, John Murphy, who holds the seat by just 2.7 per cent. "I am quintessentially parish pump, as grassroots as you can get," Murphy said. "I can't respond to all the major international issues but I can do things like this." The mayor of Canada Bay, Angelo Tsirekas, had been pestering him since last year for some cash for Concord Soccer Club, which looks after 1200 junior players and their voting-age parents. Asked if it was good, old pork-barrelling, Shorten took offence: "Oh, let's pay a bit of respect to all the volunteers of this club … the committee of this club … the parents who send their kids here." He could think of no better way to spend $1 million than giving them the amenities they deserve - to get them away from their computer screens. Then he bent it like a politician. Why is Labor going backwards in the polls? "This is barely halfway through the second quarter, to use an AFL analogy," he said. Has Rudd lost his gloss? "No at all. There's another three weeks to go until the election. [Eighteen days, to be precise, as he spoke.]" On Saturday, Hockey accused Rudd of "chasing people around with a blank cheque". But Shorten said: "We're not having a bar of cuts which wreck the safety net of this country." It seemed to work for one soccer mum, Kirsty Lucas. Her two-year-old son, Oliver, was recruited for photos with Shorten and Murphy. Lucas normally votes Liberal but says the surprise funding for her club "makes a difference". While polls suggest thousands of Labor voters will switch to the Coalition, Lucas is thinking of switching the other way.