Evidence Gilmore is being targeted by the ALP was presented yesterday with a whistle-stop visit by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
With Labor candidate Neil Reilly, Mr Albanese inspected the new cancer care centre in Nowra, due to officially open in October.
Curiously, the media were not allowed into the centre, a decision that rested with the NSW Health Department.
Mr Albanese would not be drawn when asked whether the media lockout was a political decision by the NSW government.
"That's a decision that's up to them and certainly, they can explain the reasons for that," Mr Albanese said.
I actually think in terms of publicising this facility, it would be a good thing if local members of the community got to see what's been delivered."
The Deputy Prime Minister used the visit to pitch his party's healthcare credentials. "It's a great example of Labor infrastructure investment in action, particularly here in regional Australia.
"This investment of more than $24 million will provide for this region - for the whole South Coast - a state-of-the-art cancer facility.
"It's part of an investment of more than half-a-billion dollars nationally that we've made - 26 regional cancer centres providing state-of-the-art health assistance to those who need it so that they can stay close to where they live rather than having to travel to Sydney or Melbourne to a big capital city CBD hospital," Mr Albanese said.
"I'm sure that if we are re-elected in two weeks' time - and Gilmore is one of the seats we're hoping to pick up at the election - then Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, would be very honoured to come back here and open the facility."
Mr Albanese also took a swipe at former member turned Shoalhaven Mayor, Joanna Gash.
"The feedback I've had from the community is that there's a bit of angst about the fact the retiring member retired a bit early, went and became a full-time mayor and hasn't continued on with a federal MP's job, which surely is full-time.
"I think that says something about the way the Liberal Party have taken this community for granted."
Mr Albanese also warned of a digital divide if the Coalition won government and scaled down the NBN.