FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 36
WHERE THE LEADERS ARE CAMPAIGNING
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: is doing an early-morning stop in Reid in Sydney before heading to Canberra for his National Press Club address
* Labor leader Bill Shorten: is in Sydney and will deliver a speech in Blacktown where Gough Whitlam gave his It's Time speech.
WHAT THE COALITION WANTS TO TALK ABOUT
How it's not time for Australians to vote for change.
WHAT LABOR WANTS TO TALK ABOUT:
How it's time for Australians to vote for change.
WHAT IS MAKING NEWS:
* Australians can now safely turn their televisions and radios without being bombarded by political ads. The broadcast television blackout came into effect just after midnight on Thursday. But it won't stop Clive Palmer and the others from blitzing social media.
* The government will finally release its costings on Thursday. Labor released its figures last Friday, setting a record for the time gap between election day and the publication of opposition policy costings. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the price tag for most of the coalition's plans were included in their budget delivered on April 2. But he will update the public on Thursday.
* On Wednesday, Bert the psychic crocodile predicted a win for Bill Shorten. But Eva, the democracy sausage dog, couldn't do the same - despite getting cuddles from the Labor leader during a visit to Adelaide this week. When Eva was put to the test on whether to pick the sausage out of the dog bowl with a photo or Shorten or one with Scott Morrison - she chose both, The Adelaide Advertiser reports.
THE LATEST POLLS:
* Michael Sukkar could just hang onto his Melbourne seat of Deakin, despite a six per cent slump in his primary vote. A YouGov Galaxy poll has the Liberals ahead 51-49 on a two-party preferred basis. New Corp will be releasing online further polls of 10 marginal seats one an hour from 10am till 7pm on Thursday. The seats include George Christensen's central Queensland seat of Flynn, Reid, Higgins and Gilmore. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's seat of Dickson is the last cab off the rank.
THEY SAID WHAT?
"I could not stand back and see Australia destroyed by a lack of vision." - Clive Palmer on why he's trying to re-enter politics.
"The solutions are all available to address climate change, all that is missing is the political will." - A letter from more than 60 Australian scientists and experts on climate change.
Australian Associated Press