Federal Labor MPs in western Sydney have pointed to the damaging corruption allegations involving some of their state colleagues as part of the reason for why the party is suffering from dwindling public support.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will relocate to the region on Sunday, to embark on a five-day mini-campaign through a string of marginal seats.
According to the latest opinion polls, Labor is at risk of losing dozens of seats nationwide at the next election, although some party figures are warning the swing against the Government is likely to be more pronounced in western Sydney.
Labor backbencher Laurie Ferguson, who represents the electorate of Werriwa, says there are a number of reasons why the party is not performing well in the region, but he does not blame Ms Gillard's leadership.
"Obviously the polls reflect deep problems for the Labor Party and Julia as a leader, and obviously there's a degree of negativism in this region," he told AM.
"[But] it's not just about Julia Gillard, it's not just about the federal party.
"We suffered an absolutely disastrous outcome in the state election, and since then we've had Ian Macdonald, Eddie Obeid and all his crew in the ICAC every day of the week.
"That's not a very good brand."
Mr Macdonald and Mr Obeid are former state MPs in New South Wales, who are currently being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) over their business dealings.
Federal Labor frontbencher David Bradbury, whose electorate of Lindsay covers Penrith in western Sydney, agrees that the ICAC revelations have not been helpful for the party.
"Those sorts of issues have been very damaging and they do shake people's trust and confidence," he told ABC News.
"But... the sort of things that we are seeing (revealed) at ICAC, these things do not reflect the values of the Labor Party that I joined or that I am a part of."
Mr Bradbury says one of the biggest challenges facing people in western Sydney is the economic uncertainty brought about by the global financial crisis, but he argues Labor has put in place a range of policies to help.
Tertiary Education Minister Chris Bowen, who represents the electorate of McMahon in western Sydney, says Ms Gillard will use the visit to explain a range of cost-of-living measures, including the School Kids Bonus, the increase in the child care rebate and expanded education opportunities in the region.
Labor Senator Doug Cameron, who has previously warned of the problems facing the party in western Sydney, says infrastructure and local jobs are big challenges for the area, and has played down the impact of the carbon tax on Labor's vote.
But Mr Ferguson says it still an issue for some voters, as well as the treatment of former prime minister Kevin Rudd when he was dumped in favour of Ms Gillard in 2010.
He says Ms Gillard's visit to western Sydney will be a positive thing, and believes Labor can still beat the Coalition if it unifies behind the Prime Minister.
"If a few people stop basically putting... their ego tripping, conflict and undermining out of the way, Labor can still win this election," he said.
The Coalition has ridiculed Ms Gillard's visit, given she has previously made the distinction between days for "governing" and days for "campaigning".
"What we're now seeing though, are... days of stunts and days of campaigning, far from days of governing," Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham told reporters in Canberra.