The Deputy Prime Minister has expressed confidence Labor will hold on to the Tasmanian seat of Lyons in Saturday's election.

Labor's Dick Adams has represented the electorate for 20 years, but polls suggest the Liberal candidate Eric Hutchinson is the front-runner.

The ALP announced today it would bring forward $10 million in funding to upgrade a stretch of the Midland Highway between Perth and Breadalbane in Lyons.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, visited Launceston on Wednesday with Mr Adams and denied the highway announcement was a last-minute bid to retain the seat.

"I'm very confident Dick will romp over the line on Saturday," he said.

"Dick Adams is a very proud representative of his electorate, he's standing in the electorate every time I've been there."

He has rejected suggestions of pork-barelling.

"At each and every opportunity when projects have been ready in terms of the preparatory work being done we've brought forward funding and we've done that on a range of projects," said Mr Albanese.

In the northern seat of Bass, the Labor incumbent maintains he has run a strong campaign, despite recent gaffes.

Geoff Lyons has apologised twice during the campaign, for claiming on his website he held the Emergency Services Medal, and for deriding his opponent Andrew Nikolic's military career.

Labor has been campaigning hard in Bass, with the Prime Minister, his Deputy and a Cabinet Minister all visiting this week.

Mr Lyons says he is happy with the way his campaign has gone.

"I'm feeling very confident, it's a tough seat," he said.

"I am absolutely confident the people of Bass want a local to represent them, they don't want a fly in candidate from Canberra."

 

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