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WHAT THEY SAID ON DAY 12 OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN
THE BEST LINE
"The boss has got the bug so you've got me."
- Labor campaign spokesman Jason Clare.
"No one should take from that any meaning whatsoever."
- Saying he would never comment on intelligence matters when asked if Australia had a role in leaking the draft China-Solomons security agreement.
"You always want to achieve the prevention of these arrangements. And everything we were doing was seeking to achieve that. But there will be occasions where you aren't able to."
- On the Solomon Islands signing the security pact with China despite diplomatic representations.
"The rest of the world looks at our system and actually sees it as a standard."
- On the aged care system.
LABOR CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN JASON CLARE
"He's got a bit of a croaky throat, as you'd expect. But he's doing pretty well."
- On Anthony Albanese testing positive for COVID-19.
"Scott Morrison will do everything he can today, and I expect for the next few weeks, to try to blame someone else for this. Because that is what he does."
- On Australia failing to prevent the Solomon Islands from signing a security pact with China.
"Andrew is a good bloke. I agree with him on a lot of things, but not on that."
- On Labor candidate for Parramatta Andrew Charlton saying that Labor had implemented design flaws in the NDIS.
THE SUPPORT CAST
"As the son of a war veteran who fought in the Pacific, my father would roll in his grave watching the way this has played out in the South Pacific right now."
- Former treasurer Wayne Swan on the Morrison government's handling of national security.
"I think listening to Richard and listening to Penny Wong over the last 24 hours and listening to Anthony Albanese on this topic, I can see why the Communist Party of China is backing in the Labor Party."
- Defence Minister Peter Dutton when questioned over the government's response to the Sino-Solomons security pact.
"It's just an outrageous slur and actually undermines the national unity there is around the fact that we understand there's a threat from China."
- Deputy Labor Leader Richard Marles on the defence minister's comment.
"Do people honestly think there's a significant difference between voting in Albo or the other one?"
- Artist Renay on Twitter.