Day 18 of the federal election campaign

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 18

WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Cairns (Leichhardt)

* Labor leader Anthony Albanese: COVID isolation at his home in Sydney. Labor frontbenchers campaigned in Sydney (Banks).

WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* Staying the course with a Liberal-National government despite tough economic times ahead after the annual inflation rate jumped to 5.1 per cent.

* Their one-off cost of living support measures hitting bank accounts this week.

* An election commitment of $24 million for the ongoing upgrade of the Cairns Marine Maintenance Precinct.

* New projects worth $56.2 million to improve road safety for freight operators in regional areas.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* The Liberal-National coalition's responsibility for the rising cost of living after nine years in power.

* Strengthening Australia's relationship with the Pacific through their plan to combine defence, strategic, diplomatic and economic power to reassure the region that they can rely on Australia.

* Labor's childcare policy to reduce cost pressures on families and save an average family $1600 per year.

WHAT MADE NEWS:

* One National Leader Pauline Hanson indicated her party would preference Labor over the Liberals in key seats. Senator Hanson accused the government of doing a "dirty deal with the devil" by telling voters to preference the Jacquie Lambie Network in the Tasmanian Senate race ahead of One Nation.

* InStyle magazine published an interview with Mr Albanese by former Australian of the Year Grace Tame.

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed comparisons between himself and former prime minister John Howard, who lost an election that coincided with an interest rate rise.

WHAT THEY SAID:

"I love the smell of rotting kangaroo in the morning."

- Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce while campaigning in the Queensland seats of Blair and Longman.

"Next time you're at Woolies or Coles and you're swiping your goods and you hear the beep, beep, beep - ringing in your ears will be Scott Morrison: not my fault, not my fault, not my fault."

- Labor campaign spokesman Jason Clare on expensive grocery prices as a result of rising inflation.

TWEETED:

"This guy is smart. Everyone should listen to him. He likes economic opportunity and decarbonisation. He's interested in building Australia's clean industrial future ..."

- Liberal MP Tim Wilson, who made the comment while retweeting his own interview on The Project.

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