News Election 2019 Election Campaign Diary: Day 13
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Election Campaign Diary: Day 13

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There is less than a month to go until the federal election and things are beginning to heat up on the campaign trail.  

Here is a wrap of what our pollies got up to in an attempt to woo voters. 

Where were they? 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in Adelaide on Tuesday to tour marginal seats.

The PM stopped in Mayo and Boothby, where he tried his hand at soccer, tennis and cricket with local kids. 

No word on what his best sport was, but here is the PM in action, well kind of.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison heads a soccer ball at Manson Oval, Bellevue Heights near Adelaide. Photo: AAP

Morrison wasn’t the only Liberal penciling in some time for exercise.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was at the Sydney Cricket Ground giving the footy a kick. He also announced a funding package for new facilities for female athletes.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was in Queensland.

He spent most of the day at Gladstone, in the Nationals-held electorate of Flynn, where he was making a policy announcement on the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund. 

Bill Shorten speaks to the media during a visit to Gladstone Ports in Gladstone. Photo: AAP

Tuesday’s promises 

Labor: 

Skilled Migration Mr Shorten announced his plan to overhaul Australia’s temporary skilled migration system. He says a review of 457 visas is necessary to ensure employers do not hire cheap labour over capable locals. 

NAIF Mr Shorten also promised to replace the controversial $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)  and said a Labor government would introduce a new fund.

Adani Pressed on all things Adani coal mine, Mr Shorten said he would not be “bullied” by unions or environmental activists. He also refused to rule out a review of the government’s decision to approve the project. 

Liberal: 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison took the opportunity to make some promises to small business owners.

Small Business Funding The PM pledged a $100 million fund to help finance small businesses who are intent on expanding.

“This is for those businesses like a local brewery or restaurant that wants to expand interstate or even overseas, or maybe a family-owned construction company wanting to grow so they can meet demand,” Mr Morrison said. 

The PM also promised a re-elected Coalition government would create 250,000 new small and family businesses across the country over the next five years.

Quotes from the road

Labor leader Bill Shorten was on a roll, offering some pearlers.

He offered this comment on the back of a question about Clive Palmer’s surge of support in marginal seats. 

“There is only one person who has been resurrected and I won’t compare Clive Palmer to him.” 

He also had this to say about Liberal candidate Gerard Rennick, who accused the Bureau of Meteorology of rewriting weather records to fit in with global warming.

“The LNP has got a factory at an undisclosed location where they can find candidates so out of touch with the real world it is remarkable.”

Mr Morrison wasn’t exactly quiet either. He told reporters that Mr Shorten was ‘The godfather of GetUp”  – the activist group campaigning against the Adani coal mine in Queensland. 

Elsewhere on the election trail

Young People have RSVP’d to our democracy’s night of nights and the Australian Electoral Commission couldn’t be happier.

About 88.8 per cent of all 18- to 24-year-olds have enrolled to vote. 

One of our longest-serving prime ministers, John Howard, went out for a walk in the NSW seat of Reid and was photobombed by Labor candidate Sam Crosby.

Mr Howard kept calm.

That’s odd …

Rick Morton, from The Australian, reported that the PM’s office had turned off public flight tracking for chartered media planes on the campaign trail. 

That will make it harder for journalists to work out where the next stop will be.