News Election 2019 Campaign diary: Shell be right as leaders spread their message

Campaign diary: Shell be right as leaders spread their message

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Photo: AAP
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Tuesday was an eventful day, and especially for Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The PM’s visit to Albury on the Victorian and New South Wales border started with an address to the Country Women’s Association – his second appearance in front of that crowd this campaign. Mr Morrison joked he came back for the “great scones”.

But as he was leaving, things turned sour with a female protester throwing an egg at him.

The egg remained intact.

Mr Morrison took to Twitter shortly after, taking aim at what he called “cowardly activists” and “militant unionists”.

Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus as you would imagine – took issue with the tweet.

Where were they?

Mr Morrison was in Albury and Wodonga before flying to Sydney.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was in the Victorian city of Geelong.

Mr Shorten speaks to workers at Carbon Revolution in Geelong. Photo: AAP

Promises … promises

Liberal: Focusing on better services and job opportunities in regional communities, Mr Morrison also announced a plan to eliminate mobile phone black spots in an area larger than the size of South Australia.

Labor: The ALP vowed to put an extra $900 million into public hospitals.

Quotes from the road

“Pardon the pun, but I don’t want to over-egg this thing.”
Mr Morrison on the egging incident

“If I have to make a decision between the Greens and Labor and the United Australia Party and the Labor Party and the Greens, frankly, Labor and the Greens are a bigger danger to jobs here in this business. I can say that.”
– Mr Morrison on Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party

“I like people. I can’t speak for the Liberals. They always look like they’ve come from another planet and they’ve found the human race very curious at election time.”
– Mr Shorten on why he meets and greets

“We only had our launch on Sunday. The government is still trying to find some policies to launch next Sunday.”
– Labor’s Anthony Albanese on the Liberal Party’s launch 

Elsewhere on the election trail

Labor dissed on WeChat:  Labor has demanded the PM rule out any involvement in fake posts spreading misinformation about Labor on Chinese social media giant WeChat.

Senior opposition figure Penny Wong said the WeChat attacks were “deeply concerning”.

On Tuesday afternoon Coalition spokesman Simon Birmingham told the ABC he was sure the content was not coming from the Liberal Party.

Shadow foreign minister Penny Wong at Deakin University in Geelong. Photo: AAP

Pre-Polling: How Australians have embraced early voting. Maybe it is because many of us cringe at the idea of standing in line on May 18.

It has become so popular that one million people are expected to have voted by Tuesday night.

The sheer numbers could actually spark a review of the rules.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the three-week, early voting period “feels a bit long”, while Mr Shorten flagged the policy may be “reviewed after the election”.

Clive Palmer and the High Court: Mr Palmer obtained nothing from his High Court challenge that aimed to prevent the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) from publishing results early on election night.

Mr Palmer’s lawyers told the High Court publishing results early – before Western Australian people had voted in some cases – risked influencing results.

On Tuesday the High Court dismissed the case unanimously.

That’s odd …

On the topic of Mr Palmer, it’s always notable when an Australian politician makes news in the US.

Usually it’s at their expense and this incident is no exception.

Mr Palmer caught the attention of late-night TV host John Oliver on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

The video doesn’t mention Australian politics until after the two-minute mark, but it is worth the wait.