Day 33 of the campaign and the dominant stories were an attempted arson attack on an MP’s car, an elaborate stunt in Melbourne and Bill Shorten’s enthusiastic reception from a pack of teenagers.
Before we dive into all of that, market research firm Roy Morgan tried to identify exactly who is a typical Greens voter in 2019.
The question was raised after it found support for the party was up to 11 per cent nationwide.
Its findings suggest the party is attracting more young people, more women and those who live in capital cities.
If you were to personify the typical Greens voter, it would be a woman aged between 25 and 34 who lives in urban Melbourne.
Victoria was found to be the Greens heartland, with more than a third of the party’s support base.
Where were they?
Both leaders spent Monday wooing Western Sydney in crucial seats.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in the seat of Lindsay, which Newspoll says is likely to swing to Liberal [from Labor]. Mr Morrison later flew to Perth.
The Prime Minister in the Western Sydney seat of Lindsay — which Newspoll shows the Liberal Party winning — talking to young families about his new scheme to help first home buyers into the market. pic.twitter.com/VczoY1Hu4e
— joe kelly (@joekellyoz) May 12, 2019
Labor leader Bill Shorten visited the seats of Reid and Gosford.
Mr Shorten visited an East Gosford high school, St Joseph’s College, where he was welcomed more like a pop star than a politician.
Another famous Australian was allegedly on the hustings, but we are still waiting for confirmation. Please let us know if you have seen Edward Kelly near Glenrowan.
WHO DID THIS pic.twitter.com/Z6SQzVUf5j
— Matt Bevan 🎙 (@MatthewBevan) May 11, 2019
Promises … promises
Liberal: The PM talked up the home buyers guarantee, which would mean first-home buyers only need to save up a five per cent deposit.
He took the time to mark his 51st birthday when he arrived in Perth. Happy Birthday, Mr Morrison.
Labor: The ALP wanted to talk about the Liberal Party and how it can’t be trusted with providing services, mentioning the 2014 budget, which cut funds for schools, hospitals and pensions.
Quotes from the road
“My view has always been you don’t have to pick sides … you stand by your friends and you stand by your customers as well.”
– Mr Morrison, on how he would manage the US and China
“I don’t know what Mr Palmer is doing in Fiji, and I’m not sure if he told me you’d automatically believe it anyway, would you?”
– Mr Shorten, on reports that Clive Palmer is in Fiji
“Now, in 2029 those two failed political parties no longer exist as they became redundant when the New World Order (a long-planned revolution by the United Nations) took control of Australia.”
– United Australia Party’s Brian Burston’s apocalyptic vision of what the country will look like in a decade
This is the type of letter that I hope to never have to write, however I felt that it was important that it was written before it is too late for our country, Australia.https://t.co/gUhXnScMJ1 #auspol #ausvotes19 @UnitedAusParty
— Senator Brian Burston (@Senator_Burston) May 13, 2019
Elsewhere on the election trail
Police investigate attempted arson attack: The car of Belinda Hassan, Labor’s candidate in the marginal coalition seat of Dawson in north Queensland, was targeted in a suspected arson attack, the Courier-Mail reported.
Ms Hassan was opening her car door in Mackay when she noticed the cap to the fuel tank had been prised open and a plastic bag stuffed inside.
The bag appeared to have been set alight after it was inserted into the inlet.
Google Analytics: Google is running some fantastic election analytics on what people are searching for.
Mr Shorten has the auspicious title of most Googled leader, with 48 per cent of election web surfers searching the Opposition Leader’s name in the past week.
The ALP is the focus on one in three party searches (33 per cent), followed by the Liberals (29 per cent) and Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party (13 per cent).
A modern-day Lady Godiva has taken a near-naked horse ride through the heart of Melbourne.
Independents For Climate Action Now senate candidates Paul Wittwer and Kammy Cordner Hunt recruited 31-year-old Sarah Keecher and a horse, for the stunt.
The trio hoped the sight of a naked woman on horseback would shock Australians into doing more about climate change.
It’s based on the legend of Lady Godiva, who is said to have been covered in only her flowing hair as she rode a horse through the English city of Coventry to shame her husband – an earl – into cutting taxes.