FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 5
WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Melbourne (Deakin, Chisholm)
* Labor leader Bill Shorten: Melbourne (Gellibrand, La Trobe)
WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
This election is a choice between a government with a proven ability to manage money and Labor, which is demonstrating it can't.
WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT:
How it is a priority to cut elective surgery waiting lists instead of giving unsustainable tax subsidies to the top end of town.
THE LATEST POLLS
* Newspoll shows the coalition's primary vote lifted to 39 per cent, on level pegging with Labor, but two-party preferred stays at 52-48 in Labor's favour.
WHAT MADE NEWS:
* The government claims there is a $6 billion hole in Labor's costings for its cancer policy. Labor says this is wrong.
* Former Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm, who quit federal politics to run in the NSW election, failed to win a seat in the state's upper house.
* The Victorian government is spending $1 million on ads attacking the federal government's funding of schools and hospitals, but the state opposition has asked the anti-corruption watchdog to look into the legality of the move.
THEY SAID WHAT?
"You're not going to put a big unit on a horse if you want it to run fast."
- Morrison mixes his sporting metaphors to make a point about economics.
"Woke up this morning to find some right wing columnist for the Tele has ranked Greens candidates based on 'smugness'. Anyway, he gave me 8.2 out of 10 which I am deeply offended by bc I definitely deserve a 10. I'm a gay vegan cyclist. What more do I need to do to score 10/10??!"
- Greens candidate Matthew Thompson @matthewtgreens