Day 31 of the federal election campaign

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FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 31

WHERE THE LEADERS ARE CAMPAIGNING

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will start the day in Sydney.

WHAT THE COALITION WANTS TO TALK ABOUT

* A $50 million election commitment to create a new business and research partnership between two NSW universities, focused on developing new energy technology.

WHAT LABOR WANTS TO TALK ABOUT

* Rising cost of living and how Labor will help increase wages by holding an employment summit, boosting women's workforce participation and making submissions to the Fair Work Commission.

WHAT IS MAKING NEWS

* The prime minister and opposition leader will go head to head in their final debate of the election campaign on Wednesday evening.

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

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

THEY SAID WHAT?

"I've seen it come and destroy people's reputations and careers before it has even made a finding. I don't think that's good process."

- Mr Morrison on NSW's ICAC, which he has previously described as a kangaroo court.

"The idea that people who are doing it really tough at the moment should have a further cut in their cost of living is, in my view, simply untenable."

- Mr Albanese on why Labor supports an increase to the minimum wage.

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