Day 17 of the federal election campaign

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 17

WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Rockhampton (Capricornia) and Cairns (Leichhardt)

* Labor leader Anthony Albanese: From COVID isolation at his home in Sydney. Labor campaign in Sydney and Canberra.

WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* A re-elected Liberal-National coalition promises to create 450,000 more jobs in regional Australia over the next five years.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* Labor's new economic plan, announcing it would save $5 billion in the budget.

*The opposition also announced it would look to end wasteful spending and ensure multinationals pay a fairer share of tax.

WHAT MADE NEWS:

* The annual rate of inflation has soared to 5.1 per cent up from 3.5 per cent previously. It is at its highest level since 2001, fuelled by rising petrol prices and higher dwelling construction costs.

* The Liberal-National coalition appears to be at odds internally over their climate policy after Nationals senator Matt Canavan declared the net-zero emissions by 2050 target "dead".

* Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews suggested China announced the Solomon Islands security deal to interfere with the federal election.

WHAT THEY SAID:

* "He has no magic pen to make your wages go up."

- Scott Morrison on Anthony Albanese talking about higher wages under Labor.

"Even by the incredibly low standards of this government, I thought what Karen Andrews said was remarkably desperate and remarkably unhinged."

- Labor campaign spokesperson Jim Chalmers on the home affairs minister's comment.

TWEETED:

"Today's inflation figures have confirmed what Australians already knew about the past decade of Liberal government: the cost of everything is going up, but your wages aren't."

- Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese on the inflation rate soaring to 5.1 per cent.

"This is nothing other than cheap political spin from a government trying to distract from an absolute diplomatic fiasco that may well cost Australia's security dearly."

- Independent senator Rex Patrick on the home affairs minister's comment.

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