Day 25 of the federal election campaign

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 25

WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Sydney (Parramatta, Cook, Hughes)

* Labor leader Anthony Albanese: Sydney (Sydney)

WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* A plan to create 400,000 new small and family businesses over the next five years.

* A $2 billion spend on highly advanced surface to air missiles for the Australian Navy to protect against anti-ship missile threats.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* A plan to use clean energy to drive down power prices, cut emissions and create new jobs.

* The plan for wage growth through productivity, a rebooted manufacturing sector and universal child care as the centrepieces of Labor's economic policy.

WHAT MADE NEWS

* Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare took aim at Australia, telling his parliament the country was being treated like kindergarten students "walking around with Colt 45s in our hands" who needed to be supervised.

* Mr Morrison insisted Australia's Pacific step-up has not failed and the relationship with the Solomon Islands will be repaired if the coalition is re-elected.

* Mr Albanese stumbled when asked by a reporter to name his "six point plan" to fix the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

* Independent MP Andrew Wilkie slammed the prime minister for saying independent parliamentarians were a threat to Australia's national security.

* Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Labor's defence spokesperson Brendan O'Connor went head-to-head in a debate at the National Press Club.

WHAT THEY SAID:

"It's symptomatic of a government becoming increasingly hysterical at the realisation it's out of step with a great many Australians. In fact, only an independent can truly represent their community as they are not beholden to any political party."

- Independent MP Andrew Wilkie on the prime minister's warning to Australians not to vote for independent candidates.

"I would argue that we've had a minority government for a long time, and that the current Liberal government is a minority government to the Nationals ... held to ransom by the National Party and policies are being driven to the right by the National Party."

- Independent candidate for Kooyong Monique Ryan during a debate against Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who holds the seat.

TWEETED:

"Between this and events in the US we must be vigilant. More pro choice women in parliament. More pro choice women in government."

- Queensland Labor MP Terri Butler on Liberal senator Amanda Stoker attending an anti-abortion rally.

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