FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 38
WHERE THE LEADERS ARE CAMPAIGNING
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will begin campaigning in Geelong.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will start the day in Canberra.
WHAT THE COALITION WANTS TO TALK ABOUT
* The additional $1 billion in savings a re-elected Morrison government aims to make over the next four years by requiring belt tightening of the public service. The government's election costings were released on Tuesday, committing $2.3 billion for 35 policies.
WHAT LABOR WANTS TO TALK ABOUT
* Wages data which will be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Recently released inflation figures show it surged to 5.1 per cent, as cost of living pressures continue to rise.
WHAT IS MAKING NEWS
* New polling by Resolve Strategic, done for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, reveals Labor's primary vote over the past two weeks has dropped from 34 to 31 per cent. The coalition slightly increased its support from 33 to 34 per cent. It shows 34 per cent of all voters rejecting the two major parties in favour of independents, the Greens and micro parties.
* Latest wage growth figures to be released. The Australian Bureau of Statistics wage price index for the March quarter is likely to show workers' pay is growing at half the rate of inflation.
* Anthony Albanese will speak at the National Press Club for the leaders' election address ahead of polling day this Saturday.
THEY SAID WHAT?
"If our senior public servants - and they're paid well - if they can't find $2.7 billion out of a budget of $327.3 billion, well, I've got a lot more confidence in them that they can achieve that."
- Mr Morrison on his party's requirement for the public service to find savings in its operations.
"When I refer to Hawke and Curtin, it's not an act of nostalgia, but a reminder of what can be done when you come to the table with courage, vision and ambition."
- Mr Albanese on leaning on the leadership styles of previous prime ministers John Curtin and Bob Hawke should he win the election.
Australian Associated Press
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