Day 8 of the federal election campaign

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten watches a dance by Tiwi Islanders on Bathurst Island near Darwin.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten watches a dance by Tiwi Islanders on Bathurst Island near Darwin.

FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN: DAY 8

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WHERE THE LEADERS CAMPAIGNED

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Tasmania (Braddon, Lyons, Bass)

* Labor Leader Bill Shorten: Darwin (Solomon), Tiwi Islands (Lingiari)

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WHAT THE COALITION WANTED TO TALK ABOUT:

* How Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is stumbling and doesn't know his own tax or climate policies.

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WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT:

* Indigenous health and its economic credentials, focusing on bigger surpluses rather than further tax cuts to show it can responsibly manage the budget.

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WHAT MADE NEWS:

* Voters had until 8pm on Thursday to make sure they were on the electoral roll.

* Senator Tim Storer announced he won't recontest his South Australian seat after just a year in parliament.

* The latest unemployment figures showed the jobless rate edged up 0.1 points to five per cent.

* Clive Palmer, who is now standing for the Senate, announced former rugby league star Greg Dowling as his candidate for the Townsville seat of Herbert.

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THEY SAID WHAT?

"Things are turning around for the Liberal and National parties in this election."

- Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses a campaign rally in Tasmania.

"He's the cutter-in-chief. He's the cutter-in-chief of schools, cutter-in-chief of hospitals, cutter-in-chief of services."

- Opposition Leader Bill Shorten talks about the prime minister.

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TWEETED

"Happy Easter. Be patient, stay safe on our roads and enjoy your break!"

- Science Minister @karenandrewsmp with a campaign slogan we can all get behind.

Australian Associated Press