Day 30 of the federal election campaign

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 30

WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: NSW (Bennelong, Reid)

* Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese: Melbourne (Kooyong, Chisholm, Deakin)

WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* Technology skills are important for the economy.

* A 50 per cent federal contribution to building the $220 million bridge at Epping that aims to address a long-standing traffic bottleneck in the suburb.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* Labor's support of the Melbourne suburban rail loop with an initial $2.2 billion towards the project.

WHAT MADE NEWS

* Mr Albanese gave emphatic support for a rise in the minimum wage to keep up with increasing inflation levels, currently sitting at 5.1 per cent.

* Mr Morrison stood by controversial Liberal candidate Katherine Deves after she refused to apologise for her transgender remarks, arguing more women are needed in politics.

* Embattled Liberal MP Alan Tudge broke his silence on the campaign trail about a $500,000 payment made to a former staffer and said he had no knowledge of the details.

* The Australian Bar Association says it is "deeply concerned" by the prime minister's attack on the nation's barristers and the NSW anti-corruption watchdog. Mr Morrison previously described the NSW ICAC model as a "kangaroo court" and does not believe any of the state models for integrity bodies should be followed at a federal level.

WHAT THEY SAID:

"I'm absolutely pleased that I've been able to recruit, and we've been able to appoint, strong female Liberal candidates that won't just run with the pack when it comes to issues but will stand up for what they believe in."

- Mr Morrison on his decision to choose controversial candidate Katherine Deves.

"Labor will always support nation-building projects."

- Mr Albanese on Melbourne's suburban rail loop.

TWEETED:

"Update: someone finally found Alan Tudge. Despite being the actual education minister, Alan says an education debate before the election would be a job for his colleague Stuart Robert. I'm up for it @stuartrobertmp - what about you?"

- Labor education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek on the first campaign sighting of Alan Tudge at an early voting centre in Victoria.

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