Day 17 of the federal election campaign

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 17

WHERE THE LEADERS ARE CAMPAIGNING

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Starting the day in Rockhampton (Capricornia)

* Labor leader Anthony Albanese: Isolating with COVID-19 at home in Sydney. Labor campaign day will start in Sydney.

WHAT THE COALITION WANTS TO TALK ABOUT

* One-off $250 payments for six million Australians, including pensioners, carers, veterans and job seekers to be made by the end of the week, totalling $1.5 billion. The cost of living measures were included in the federal budget.

WHAT LABOR WANTS TO TALK ABOUT

* With cost of living figures to be released, Labor says the government has not done enough to get wages moving and Australians are about to get hit with higher interest rates.

WHAT IS MAKING NEWS

* Inflation data for the March quarter will be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It's expected to rekindle debate on the cost of living.

LATEST POLLS

* AFR/Ipsos poll state-by-state breakdown: NSW (52-48 Labor), Victoria (58-42 Labor), Queensland (50-50), SA/NT (55-45 Labor), WA (59-41 Labor), Tasmania (65-35 Labor), ACT (68-32 Labor).

THEY SAID WHAT?

"I sent in the AFP. The Labor Party wants to send in the ABC when it comes to their Pacific solution."

- Prime Minister Scott Morrison referencing Australia's assistance in the Solomons' capital Honiara during a period of civil unrest in November 2021 and in response to Labor's unveiled Pacific plan.

"We need a government (that) when they mess up, they fess up."

- Former PM Kevin Rudd, repeating a slogan written on a sign at a plant the prime minister visited in Townsville.

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