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'What will the next 5 weeks hold?': Voters react to Morrison's 'ni hao' gaffe

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If this weekend is anything to go by, social media users are going to have a lot to post about during this election campaign.

We are only four days into the federal election campaign and already Twitter has a lot of material to work with.

Resources minister Matthew Canavan took inspiration from Tony Abbott and munched down on a raw onion in Brisbane, Labor candidate Melissa Parke quit after coming under fire for pro-Palestine statements and home affairs minister Peter Dutton was forced to apologise after claiming his Labor opponent was using her disability as an "excuse".

Social media users have seized the most, however, on the moment Scott Morrison greeted an Australian-Korean voter in multicultural Strathfield.

A pretty standard occurrence - the only problem was, he didn't get the right language.

Shortly after a speech slamming Labor for racism, the Prime Minister greeted a bystander with a friendly "ni hao" - meaning "hello" in Mandarin.

"I'm Korean," the woman responded, surrounded by journalists. 

And social media users weren't the only ones having a laugh. On Sunday, Labor candidate Sam Crosby opened Mr Shorten's rally in Burwood in a similar fashion.

"As the Prime Minister likes to say around here, ‘ni hao’," he said.

Both Mr Morrison and Mr Shorten pushed on with their election campaigns on Sunday with large-scale rallies and meet-and-greets with the public in Queensland and NSW.  

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