FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 40
WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Perth (Pearce), (Swan), (Hasluck) and (Cowan)
* Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese: Adelaide (Sturt), Launceston (Bass), Melbourne (Chisholm)
WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
* The strong management of the economy during the pandemic and not risking Australia's success on Labor.
WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
* Labor's plans for Australia's future including cheaper childcare, an end to the climate wars and more secure work.
WHAT MADE NEWS:
* Australians with COVID-19 should be able to vote in the federal election after last-minute changes to laws expanding telephone voting services.
* Former prime minister Julia Gillard urged female voters to vote Labor so women are taken seriously in Australian parliament.
* Labor is ahead 53 per cent to 47 per cent on a two-party basis according to an Ipsos poll.
* A senior minister in the Morrison government appears to have leaked sensitive information days out from polling day. The Australian reported cabinet's national security committee rejected a proposition from Foreign Minister Marise Payne to double Australia's Pacific aid funding to counter rising Chinese influence.
WHAT THEY SAID:
"She would be proud as punch."
- Anthony Albanese on what his late mum would think of him being so close to becoming Australia's next prime minister.
"Elections in Australia are always close. It's very rare that you get big changes, that happens occasionally, but in my experience elections are always very close and Australians weigh up their decision very, very carefully."
- Scott Morrison on the polls showing Labor with a narrow lead ahead of the coalition.
THE SUPPORT CAST:
"I want to see for this country a government that cares about, values and includes women and I know that a government led by Albo will do precisely that."
- Former prime minister Julia Gillard.
"A note to any activist sons of billionaires thinking of stalking the booths today: Team Liberal is still fronting up, still delivering, still making our case, still unintimidated."
- Senator Jane Hume after a run in with Simon Holmes a Court outside polling booths in Melbourne.
Australian Associated Press
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