Day 29 of the federal election campaign

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 29

WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: NSW (Gilmore)

* Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese: Sydney (Sydney), Adelaide (Boothby)

WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* More than $8 billion will be spent as part of a boost to Australia's military helicopter fleet.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* Labor has a $150 million plan to get more high achievers into teaching and boost the numbers of science and mathematics teachers.

* The Flinders Medical Centre will be expanded at a cost of $400 million.

WHAT MADE NEWS

* Newspoll has Labor ahead of the coalition 54-46 on a two-party preferred basis.

* Ipsos poll has Labor leading 52 to the coalition 40, with eight per cent undecided.

* Despite a cut to petrol excise, the national average price has risen to 179.6 cents per litre with major city drivers paying well above 180 cents and motorists in remote parts of the country more than $2.

* China is looking at deep-sea fishing bases in the Pacific, raising further questions about its regional military ambitions.

WHAT THEY SAID:

"It was a spirited debate."

- Mr Morrison on the second leaders' debate.

"The bells are tolling for the Morrison government because early voting starts today."

- Mr Albanese quips as church bells ring in Sydney.

TWEETED:

"Kevin Rudd is whipping out the Mandarin to speak to locals in the seat of Bennelong today."

- ABC reporter Isobel Roe on the campaign trail in Sydney.

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