FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 30
WHERE THE LEADERS ARE CAMPAIGNING
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: is in central Queensland, starting in Rockhampton in the seat of Capricornia.
* Labor leader Bill Shorten: is in far north Queensland, in Cairns in the seat of Leichhardt.
WHAT THE COALITION WANTS TO TALK ABOUT
How they are for slashing electricity prices and supporting the mining industry, pledging $30 million for a new school for miners in central Queensland, while attacking Labor on economic management.
WHAT LABOR WANTS TO TALK ABOUT:
How they will responsibly manage the economy, while leader Bill Shorten is in Cairns where he's expected to focus on his party's plan to crack down on a tax loophole used by millionaires and multinationals to funnel money into offshore trust accounts.
WHAT IS MAKING NEWS:
* Labor's finance team will release the costings for its policies in Canberra on Friday morning. Parties normally wait till the last days to show the electorate where the money's coming from, but shadow treasurer Chris Bowen and finance spokesman Jim Chalmers will do that a full eight days before the election. Their costings are expected to show a return to surplus and budget savings of $154 billion over the next decade.
* Candidates - or, more accurately, former candidates. The Liberals sacked another candidate overnight. Gurpal Singh, who was standing in the very safe Labor seat of Scullin in Melbourne, was dumped for claiming a man who allegedly raped his wife was the "real victim", after he'd already been outed for social media posts linking same-sex marriage to paedophilia. The Liberals, Labor, the Greens and Clive Palmer have all lost candidates over the past week over racist, homophobic and offensive remarks.
* Energy Minister Angus Taylor will make a rare appearance on the campaign trail when he outlines the government's plans to cut electricity prices for consumers at a business lunch in Sydney.
THEY SAID WHAT?
"While reliability has been a priority for this government, our focus has always been on price and customers." - Energy Minister Angus Taylor.
"Labor will provide genuine cost of living relief for working Australians and pensioners, not multinational tax avoidance." - shadow treasurer Chris Bowen.
Australian Associated Press