WHAT THEY SAID ON DAY 39 OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN
THE BEST LINE
"It should have been a penalty."
- Tasmanian boy Luca Fauvette who was bowled over by the prime minister during soccer training on Wednesday in a visit to Devonport.
"People being in jobs is the most important thing the economy needs. If you don't have a job, you don't have choices."
- On how wages can increase.
"If Mr Albanese is that precious and he can't hack a campaign, then how on earth is he going to handle running this country?"
- Rejecting Mr Albanese's accusation that coalition campaign advertising has made fun of his Italian name.
"What we've always seen from the Labor Party is when they can't manage money, they come after yours in higher taxes."
- After the release of Labor's costings.
"We're making sure that the commitments that we're making to expenditure in areas like child care, infrastructure ... they're things that will boost the economy, boost productivity, because that's what we need to do. We know people are going backwards, yesterday people went backwards by 2.7 per cent."
- Responding to a question on whether the fuel excise will be extended.
"Our democracy is precious. We shouldn't take it for granted. And I look forward to the outcome of the Australian people."
- On the federal election.
THE SUPPORT CAST
"We do not have the luxury of burying and hiding billions of dollars in various slush funds, as Scott Morrison likes to do. The Australian people deserve a government that is better than that."
- Finance spokeswoman Katy Gallagher after Labor released its costings.
"It sounds very much like magic pudding economics to me ... they've got many big spending promises."
- Finance Minister Simon Birmingham on the impact Labor's policies will have on the economy.
"I'm not going to do what Mr Albanese does, and pluck out smiling emojis and loose comments to appease what is an interesting question by a journalist."
- Employment Minister Stuart Robert discussing whether wages should rise in line with inflation.
"He's having a go is he? Tell him not to fall on anyone"
- A tennis club member as the PM was handed a racquet.
Australian Associated Press
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