FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 34
WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Melbourne (Deakin) and Sydney (Parramatta)
* Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese: Darwin (Lingiari)
WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
* A $20 million Sporting Schools program expansion which would see up to 700,000 more students play sport in school. The program, currently available for year 7 and 8 students, will be expanded into years 9 and 10.
WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
* Labor's plan to strengthen Medicare with a $750 million fund that would deliver better care and access for patients.
* The fund would provide $250 million a year over three years from 2023/24 and would seek to deliver more affordability for patients and provide better management for complex and chronic conditions.
WHAT MADE NEWS:
* The Liberal Party will ask the Australian Electoral Commission to investigate an alleged electoral breach by the Labor candidate for Parramatta Andrew Charlton.
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his leadership style would be more empathetic if re-elected, as he seeks to shore up support from voters put off by his self-described 'bulldozer manner' in the final week of election campaigning.
* Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese accused the prime minister of playing short-term politics by not briefing Labor on a plan to build nuclear submarines with the help of the US and Britain until just before it was made public.
WHAT THEY SAID:
"I will seek...to explain my motives and my concerns, and empathise a lot more," he said.
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on changing his leadership style with a week left before polling day.
- "It is extraordinary that the Prime Minister broke that faith and trust with our most important ally by not briefing Australia Labor on these issues."
- On claims the Morrison government didn't notify the Opposition leader of AUKUS at an earlier date, as requested by the US.
"Need something fixed, why would anyone hire the Morrison Men?:
- they always rock up late
- blame everyone else when things don't work
- lie about the job
- always taking a sickie when things get tough."
- Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young on the prime minister saying his intuition was to fix things and that his leadership style would be more empathetic if re-elected.
Australian Associated Press