Howard tips swing to Coalition in Qld

AAP, with a staff reporter

Former prime minister John Howard is tipping a swing to the coalition in Queensland, despite Kevin Rudd's return.

Mr Howard believes the coalition is well placed to pick up seats in the state but says voting trends there can be "volatile".

The former prime minister will campaign alongside LNP candidate and former journalist Malcolm Cole in the seat of Moreton, in Brisbane's south.

Mr Howard said he didn't think Mr Rudd's return would produce the swing to Labor some had spoken about.

"I don't think that's going to happen," he said.

"My mail is that there are real prospects for gains for us in Queensland and clearly Moreton is one of those seats."

Mr Howard was in Brisbane on Wednesday to launch the biography of cervical cancer vaccine co-creator Professor Ian Frazer.

He said Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was doing a good job on the campaign trial.

"He's smart enough to know the campaign still has some two and a half weeks to go and you can never take a campaign for granted," he said.

"I do think he's got off to a very good start."

Mr Howard said there appeared to be a lack of respect for Labor in the community.

"People think it's been an incompetent government and that's its biggest problem," he said.