Day 12 of the federal election campaign

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 12

WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Southern Queensland (Blair, Forde)

* Labor leader Anthony Albanese: Isolating at home in Sydney with COVID-19

WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* The coalition is best placed to ensure Australia's national security and defence can be paid for via a strong economy.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* Labor would improve aged care and properly engage with the region as China flexes its diplomatic and military muscle.

WHAT MADE NEWS:

* Labor has recalibrated its campaign after Mr Albanese contracted COVID-19, forcing him to isolate for seven days.

* The Liberals unveiled a $428 million plan to upgrade to four defence force air bases at Amberley, Richmond, Pearce and HMAS Albatross by 2024.

* Veterans will get better access to health and wellbeing under a $70 million Coalition plan to establish 14 new Veteran Wellbeing Centres.

* Mr Morrison says Australia's aged care system is seen as a global standard, with the government working to introduce round the clock nurses in facilities by 2025.

* Australia has sanctioned and slapped travel bans on more than 140 Russian senators, President Vladimir Putin's two daughters, and the daughter of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

WHAT THEY SAID:

"It's Albo. It's time to give Albo a go."

- Jason Clare when asked why he isn't opposition leader when standing up after Mr Albanese tested positive for COVID-19.

"I can assure you these are complex issues and they have to be dealt with in a very calibrated way."

- Mr Morrison on regional security.

"One thing we wouldn't do is try and play domestic politics in the relationship with China."

- Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong.

TWEETED:

"I've been told it's a great thing."

- Calare independent Kate Hook's reaction to getting first place on the ballot paper.

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