FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 7
WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Sydney (Parramatta)
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* Labor leader Anthony Albanese: Cairns
WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
* The promotion of senator Anne Ruston to the health portfolio, replacing Greg Hunt and the promise of $270 million to make the treatment of type one diabetes more affordable.
WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
* Mr Albanese largely kept a low profile in respect of Easter Sunday, but attacked the promotion of Senator Ruston, claiming it was a sign of Medicare cuts to come.
WHAT MADE NEWS:
* Both leaders attended church services on Easter Sunday. Mr Morrison went to church with his family in his seat of Cook. Mr Albanese attended church with his shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers.
* Mr Morrison made his health announcements outside the Westmead Children’s Hospital in the seat of Parramatta. Mr Albanese made a brief media appearance after the church service.
* The government continues to be dogged by questions over Liberal candidate for Warringah Katherine Deves and her past anti-transgender comments.
* Labor continued to defend its announcement to establish 50 urgent care clinics.
“Anne Ruston has made it very clear that she wants to take the universal out of universal healthcare.
– Mr Albanese on Senator Ruston’s promotion.
“Well, it is not our policy to have a constitutionally recognised voice to parliament. It is not our policy, so, of course, we would not be going ahead with something that is not our policy.”
– Mr Morrison when asked about an indigenous voice to parliament as part of the Uluru Statement.
“Happy Easter Australia.”
– Mr Albanese.