News Election 2019 Campaign diary: Burt the Croc predicts winner as leaders sum up their messages

Campaign diary: Burt the Croc predicts winner as leaders sum up their messages

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten distilled his campaign message to undecided voters. Photo: AAP
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Less than 48 hours of campaigning remain and it’s safe to say we have  officially reached the point of election frenzy.

The leaders’ focus is firmly on getting the undecided voter off the fence and into their camp.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Wednesday summed up his campaign to the undecided: “… on Sunday morning … will we have chosen hope over fear?”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also hammered home his message that only his government will deliver a strong economy and housing.

Mr Morrison visits Burder Industries at Wangaratta. Photo: AAP

Onwards to the rest of Day 35 happenings.

Where were they?

Mr Morrison was in the Victorian regional cities of Geelong and Wangaratta, before heading to Sydney.

Mr Shorten was campaigning in Perth.

The Opposition Leader even made time to try his hand at bricklaying in the seat of Pearce.

Mr Shorten’s wife Chloe moves his tie as he lays a brick in Perth. Photo: AAP

Promises … promises

All the promises appear to have been laid out. It is now about reinforcing messages.

Liberal: The PM wanted to emphasise his first-home buyer scheme and infrastructure investments, but wanted to avoid talking about his same-sex marriage beliefs.

Labor: Mr Shorten plans to make it easier for workers to have wage theft claims dealt with, but ventured into scare campaign territory by stressing the Coalition’s offerings (or lack thereof) of “climate, chaos, cuts and Clive [Palmer]”.

Quotes from the road

“Labor will tax your aspiration. They will tax your inspiration. They’ll tax your perspiration and make it more difficult for you to get ahead.”
–Treasurer Josh Frydenberg isn’t a fan of Labor’s plans

“We’re the only game in town on a wages policy. You could send out search parties from here to Christmas and you won’t find the Liberal wages policy.”
–Mr Shorten confirms he has a wages policy

“It grieves my soul that young girls are killing themselves in remote indigenous communities and I will do everything I can to stop that.”
–Mr Morrison commits to end indigenous youth suicide

“In this election, what Australians are telling me wherever they go is, ‘For goodness sake, Bill, end the chaos’.”
–Mr Shorten says the solution is to vote for Labor

“Having these minor parties in the Senate for our country, it’s like having your foot on the accelerator and the brake at the same time.”
–ALP deputy Tanya Plibersek drives punters to action

Elsewhere on the campaign trail

Coalition to release costings: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg confirms the Coalition will release its updated costings on Thursday, two days out from the election.

Labor released its figures last Friday, setting a record for the time gap between election day and the publication of opposition policy costings.

Early voting update: The ticker keeps climbing on this one.

As at 5pm on Tuesday, three million Australians had voted early – up from 1.6 million in 2016.

John Anderson lashes out at the ABC: Former deputy prime minister John Anderson has attacked the ABC’s coverage, saying the broadcaster has failed to properly analyse Labor’s economic policies.

Speaking on The Kenny Report on Sky News, Mr Anderson said that media not pushing Labor on its costings were “contributing to the yellow vest moment we are headed for”.

Former deputy PM John Anderson in 2002. Photo: AAP

Battle for Warringah heats up: In the hot seat with the challenge of independent Zali Steggall, Tony Abbott turned heads by saying the ALP had better climate change policies than the Coalition.

The Age reported that Mr Abbott does not believe Ms Steggall would support a Coalition government, given that she says climate change is the biggest issue facing Australia.

That’s odd

It an election tradition to look to the gods or mystics for a prediction.

This year it’s the Darwin-based psychic croc called Burt, who has predicted Bill Shorten will win.

The bookies may as well stop taking bets …

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