What they said on day 16 of the campaign

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WHAT THEY SAID ON DAY 16 OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN

THE BEST LINE

"If you want to build trust in the Pacific, you got to do a lot more than just play the ukulele."

Labor's Jason Clare on government criticism of the party's Pacific plan.

SCOTT MORRISON

"The first shot fired in any conflict is actually in bits and bytes. It's not in bullets."

- On the importance of investing in cybersecurity and cyber defence, included in Australia's partnership with the United States and United Kingdom.

LABOR

"We have to play our best game, not try and engage with others in their game. And of course, this isn't a game. This is about shoring up our region in the face of very aggressive and assertive China."

- Foreign affairs spokesperson Penny Wong on Labor's election commitment to invest in Australia's relationship with Pacific island nations.

THE SUPPORT CAST

"We'll have countries that wish us harm laughing all the way to the battleships."

- Barnaby Joyce on Australian parliament potentially having more independents after the next election.

"This is a hose you have to hold, to put it bluntly. This needs time and attention, you cannot abdicate or step away from responsibility."

- Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on Australia's relationship with the Pacific islands.

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