FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 39
WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Tasmania (Lyons), Sydney (Werriwa)
* Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese: Sydney (Bennelong), Brisbane (Longman, Dickson)
WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
* The lowest unemployment rate in almost 50 years, and the government's management of the economy.
WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
* Costings for Labor's election policies show an extra $7.4 billion in budget spending over the next four years, but it will improve the economy because it is targeted at productivity.
WHAT MADE NEWS:
* The unemployment rate was revised downward to 3.9 per cent in March, and remained the same for April. But just 4000 people joined the workforce last month well short of the 30,000 increase economists had been expecting. It is the lowest level for unemployment since August 1974.
* Unvaccinated One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has tested positive to COVID-19. She will be in isolation until after Saturday's election.
WHAT THEY SAID:
"You do need strength in this job and that will continue. When you're in the middle of the pandemic, you just got to make decisions and you have to push through and that's been very necessary and that's something I've always had the ability to do."
- Mr Morrison on his "bulldozer" leadership style.
"Here's the big tip: If you look at our commitments for economy-boosting reforms, in child care, in skills, and in our Powering Australia Plan, that adds up to the difference which will be released later today."
- Mr Albanese speaking about Labor's election costings.
THE SUPPORT CAST:
"It's like climbing Mount Everest one step at a time. Albo has been a fantastic leader in this campaign. He's articulated a strong policy plan for Australia's future."
- Kevin Rudd campaigning in North Sydney alongside the Labor candidate.
"I don't have a strong feeling about the outcome."
- John Howard asked to reflect on the election result.
"It was an honour to have one of our greatest prime ministers in our wonderful community today."
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Mr Howard campaigning in threatened Liberal seats.
Australian Associated Press
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