WHAT THEY SAID ON DAY 29 OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN
THE BEST LINE
"The way the debate was set up made it often very difficult to hear in the room itself. It was a spirited debate."
- Scott Morrison defending his performance during a shouty leaders' debate.
"What makes wages go up is a strong economy where businesses are doing well and they can ensure that they can pay staff even better."
- When asked at a press conference on how he can ensure wages can increase.
"That doesn't sound like a person who deserves a second interview, let alone the job."
- Comparing the election campaign to a job interview when describing Anthony Albanese's early gaffes.
"You decide between you. Do rock, paper, scissors or something, because this is my second state and we have one more state to go today."
- To journalists at a press conference in Adelaide on who should get to ask the last question.
"The bells are tolling for the Morrison government, because early voting starts today."
- While waiting for church bells to stop ringing to begin a press conference in Sydney.
"I think we should have 150 Labor members in the House of Representatives. That's my starting point. And I think we'll fall short of that."
- On whether a minority government was good for democracy.
THE SUPPORT CAST
"The Labor Party might offer you three cars, a swimming pool and a hot-air balloon, but unless they tell you how they're going to pay for it ... it's just rubbish."
- Barnaby Joyce on Labor's election commitments
"I don't go into campaigns with the confidence expecting that we will win."
- Simon Birmingham following two new opinion polls showing a drop in support for the government.
"All that try-hard bully boy stuff, it might work in the Liberal Party but it didn't work last night."
- Labor's Jason Clare on the prime minister's debate performance.
"I've painted my nails red, just for voting."
- A voter named Louise at an early voting centre, showing off her nails to Albanese who toured a pre-poll centre in the marginal seat of Boothby.