By Australian Associated Press
FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 5
WHERE THE LEADERS ARE CAMPAIGNING
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: campaigning in Michael Sukkar’s Melbourne seat of Deakin
* Labor leader Bill Shorten: campaigning in southeastern Melbourne seats
WHAT THE COALITION WANTS TO TALK ABOUT
The coalition is stepping up its attack on Labor costings for health policy, and says Labor income tax plan will hurt the low paid. Scott Morrison will also announce another congestion-busting poilicy with a road upgrade package in
WHAT LABOR WANTS TO TALK ABOUT:
Labor is continuing its health theme. Bill Shorten will announce $250 million to target elective surgery for procedures such as knee and hip replacements in public hospitals.
THE LATEST POLLS
The first Newspoll since the election was called shows Labor is ahead of the Liberal/Nationals coalition 52-48. It also shows the One Nation primary vote declining, hitting a low of four per cent. The Greens are unchanged on 9 per cent.
WHAT IS MAKING NEWS:
* Pauline Hanson says she’s reconsidering her preference strategy and will decide on a seat-by-seat basis instead of the blanket policy of preferencing against sitting MPs. She’s expected back on the campaign trail on Monday.
* Labor MP Josh Wilson is under pressure over his comments on Israel, just days after ALP candidate Melissa Parke stood down over a similar issue.
* Barnaby Joyce says Wentworth Phelps has a s44 problem as she still works as a doctor and gets Medicare money
* Families Minister Paul Fletcher and shadow treasurer will address the ACOSS election breakfast in Sydney.
* Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is at the launch of a new biography on Australia’s longest serving prime minister and Liberal party founder, Sir Robert Menzies, in Melbourne.
THEY SAID WHAT?
“They are going to turn Palestine into Swiss cheese and that is what is happening.” – Labor MP Josh Wilson to the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network.
“They’re in the never never. No one knows what the economy will be doing then, I don’t, you don’t, and Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg certainly don’t.” – shadow treasurer Chris Bowen.
“Victorians don’t have time to sit in traffic – they want to spend more time at home with their families or more time on site earning money.” – Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“My decision will be based on what is right for the people and country and ensuring One Nation is not going to get destroyed because they are determined to get rid of us.” – Pauline Hanson on her preference decisions.