Day 16 of the federal election campaign

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 16

WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Townsville (Herbert) and Rockhampton (Capricornia).

* Labor leader Anthony Albanese: From COVID isolation at his home in Sydney. Labor campaign spokeswoman Penny Wong was in Darwin (Solomon).

WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* A $70 million investment for a hydrogen hub in Townsville and $25,000 grants for small and medium electricity businesses to improve technology and drive down energy prices.

* A $15 million commitment to the Western Bulldogs AFL side's spiritual home, Victoria University Whitten Oval.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* A multi-million dollar plan to bolster relations with Pacific nations in the wake of the Solomon Islands signing a security pact with China.

* If elected, Labor would establish an Australia-Pacific Defence School, reinstate regular bipartisan parliamentary visits, reform the Pacific mobility scheme and create a new engagement visa to encourage more migration.

WHAT MADE NEWS:

* The prime minister reaffirmed the government's target of net-zero emissions by 2050 as "absolute policy" after Colin Boyce, coalition candidate for the Queensland electorate of Flynn, appeared to describe the pledge as not binding.

* Opposition campaign spokeswoman Penny Wong confirmed Labor would not change its existing climate change policy despite Pacific nations wanting more action. She said Labor would put in place an "economically sensible policy" to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050.

* Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce warned Australians against electing independent candidates in May claiming it would be a threat to national security.

* Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull lashed out at his successor Scott Morrison over his handling of the Solomon Islands security deal with China.

WHAT THEY SAID:

"This is a hose you have to hold, to put it bluntly. This needs time and attention, you cannot abdicate or step away from responsibility."

- Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on Australia's relationship with the Pacific Islands.

"We'll have countries that wish us harm laughing all the way to the battleships."

- Barnaby Joyce on the Australian parliament potentially having more independents after the next election.

TWEETED:

"Really, a few cheap shots about Q&A is hardly the way to discuss Pacific policy. Sounds obsessive and rather childish. Not even funny."

- Veteran journalist Michelle Grattan on the PM talking down Labor's idea of the ABC playing a stronger role in the region.

"The Western Bulldogs are champions on and off the field."

- Carlton No.1 ticket holder Josh Frydenberg on his Whitten Oval funding announcement.

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