WHAT THEY SAID ON DAY 12 OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN
THE BEST LINE
"I had a text message at 3am from young liberals up in blue Simon Kennedy shirts putting corflutes all over Eastwood. I wasn't sure whether they were coming home or going out ... but thank you anyway."
- Liberals Bennelong candidate Simon Kennedy.
"If my left arm starts feeling a bit wobbly I know where I'm going."
- Thanking renowned cardiologist Michael Feneley for running in the NSW electorate of Dobell.
"Here we are today, almost three years since the last election, almost seven years since the Sharks won the premiership - just saying."
"You can imagine how quiet that room was when they told us".
- Talking about when he was first told unemployment could hit 15 per cent when the pandemic hit, before lauding the current unemployment rate.
"These are the facts, and if you want to be prime minister you've got to know the facts. Those facts matter because they inform what you have to do and the very important decisions that you have to make."
- On his government's record of lowering unemployment.
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER RICHARD MARLES
"I made a speech in China where I criticised China and I wanted to make sure that the Chinese government were not at all surprised with what I was going to say."
- Commenting on why he showed Chinese government officials a copy of a speech he gave at a Beijing university in 2019.
"The assertion made by the government is another desperate attempt to divert from their failings in the Pacific."
- Rebuffing the Coalition's attacks that he's weak on China.
"He is standing here at home, beating his chest, while he leaves the field vacant in the Solomon Islands."
- On Honiara signing a security pact with China on the Morrison government's watch.
THE SUPPORT CAST
"The man who won Bennelong back after the bloke before had been careless enough to lose it."
- John Howard thanking retiring Bennelong MP John Alexander who won the seat back from Labor's Maxine McKew in 2010 after the former prime minister lost it in 2007.
"We won't take a lecture from the Labor Party on this very important issue."
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg pivoting from criticism his government was too slow to act on a Chinese security pact with Honiara to Richard Marles previous comments encouraging Chinese investment.
"We do have much of the Canberra press gallery joining us as well, so I hope everybody is on their best behaviour and cognisant of all the boom mics floating around."
- Jim Chalmers at his campaign launch in Brisbane.
"Go the Liberals."
- A member of the public walking past a sea of blue shirts at the campaign launch of Bennelong Liberal candidate Simon Kennedy at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.