What leaders Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten and their teams said today in the election campaign.
WHAT THEY SAID ON DAY 2 OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN
THE BEST LINE
"If they are arguing against that figure, well Bill Shorten may as well argue that boiling water is freezing cold."
- Mathias Cormann on Labor's rejection of what the government says is Treasury modelling of opposition tax policies.
THE BEST LINE (NOT)
"Dickson constituents believe Ms France's refusal to live in the electorate, even if she won the seat, is more about her enjoying the inner city lifestyle, as opposed to her inability to find a house anywhere in the electorate."
- Peter Dutton's spokesman on his Labor opponent's address. She had a leg amputated after a car accident and spent $100,000 making her current house wheelchair accessible.
PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON
"The point with Labor is when they stick one finger out, they have four pointing back at themselves."
- On Labor's protests that he's politicised Treasury advice.
"Newstart is increased twice a year. We have one of the best safety nets, if not the best of anywhere in the world, in our country."
- On whether he has any plans to boost the payment to unemployed people, currently $550 a fortnight for singles.
LABOR LEADER BILL SHORTEN
"The government are not my enemy. Cancer's my enemy."
- Announcing a further plank in his $2.3 billion package to help Australians fighting cancer.
"I expect in this election the government's attack on Labor to get louder, shoutier, more aggressive and more exaggerated."
- Something to look forward to, then.
At the Sydney flower markets, two women shook Shorten's hand but later told AAP they had no idea who he was.
THE SUPPORT CAST
"Probably 'unicorn' because that is unlikely to ever happen."
- LNP member George Christensen asked on radio what his prime ministerial nickname would be.