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Federal election live: All the updates from the federal election campaign trail

Get up to speed with all the latest updates from the federal election campaign.

Follow all of Tuesday’s updates as they happen in our live blog.

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By Jessica Riga

‘It’s not rocket science,’ Labor’s Jason Clare says on aged care pay rise

Federal Labor has backed aged care workers taking industrial action in at least three states, saying they should be paid more.

Thousands of workers are expected to walk off the job today across Western Australian, South Australia and Queensland, as the Fair Work Commission weighs up a union case for a pay rise for the sector.

Both sides have committed to implementing the decision, while the Opposition has also said it would make a submission supporting a pay increase if it wins the election.

Labor frontbench Jason Clare has told Channel 7 if workers aren’t paid more, they’ll continue to leave.

“It is not rocket science. We have a royal commission report. It was titled neglect and the said this is the problems and these are the things you need to do to fix it,” he says.

By Jessica Riga

Labor’s Catherine King on today’s aged care strike

Lisa Miller: Aged care workers going on strike today. Why isn’t Labor backing in the unions’ request for a 25 per cent pay rise for workers?

catherine king: A couple of things we have said… this is a damning indictment on the government. How can you have a Royal Commission where its interim report, titled ‘neglect’, tells you there’s a problem with residential aged care and basically do nothing about it? We said 24/7 nursing staff, minimum times for workers to be with residents, again, that basically brings in more staff into residential aged care and we have said we’ll make a submission to the Fair Work Commission in relation to the wages case .

LM: You’ll write to the commission. But not backing the 25 per cent pay rise?

CK: Certainly, we back a pay rise. These are some of the lowest and poorly paid workers in our community and they’re doing some of the most important work. I have a Dad in residential aged care and I want him to be able to get access to the staff he needs to get the care he needs, which is why that means that only Labor has made investments in aged care to try to improve the quality .

By Jessica Riga

Labor pledges to work on Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop


Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, catherine kingwas on News Breakfast earlier spruiking Labor’s major infrastructure funding announcement.

“This is the suburban rail loop and we’re making a $2.2 billion commitment to the eastern component of that, actually early works have started now,” she says.

“This section will connect Box Hill to Cheltenham. But eventually a rail loop will loop right the way around all of the suburbs. It means for those of us who live in regional Victoria like myself, don’t have to come to Flinders Street to go back out to some of the western and eastern suburbs, you actually go around. This is pretty transformational for the city of Melbourne.”

But Catherine King didn’t say whether Labor would match the Coalition’s pledge in benelong for a $200 million upgrade to a bridge in the electorate.

“We don’t know the details of that particular announcement. We’ve been pretty careful about the sorts of projects we’re choosing.”

By Jessica Riga

Here’s what to watch out for today

aged care is back in the election spotlight with thousands of workers in queensland and Western Australia preparing to go on strike later today, pressing both parties to do more for the sector.

It comes as both parties step up their campaign announcements with Prime Minister Scott Morrison heading to benelong in Sydney’s north-west to announce funding for a bridge upgrade.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese is in Melbourne where he’s expected to appear alongside Premier Daniel Andrews as they also make a major infrastructure funding announcement.

By Jessica Riga

Key Event

Liberal candidate’s posters vandalized with ‘obscene images’

The Liberal candidate in the seat of Paterson in the state’s hunter region has detailed what she describes as a “concerted campaign” against her.

Brooke Vitnell said her election posters have been torn down and vandalized with sexist slurs, with the aggression getting more intense in the lead up to pre-poll voting.

(Facebook: Brooke Vitnell)

It comes as police and the Australian Electoral Commission investigate allegations from Independent and Greens‘ candidates about their campaign posters being doctored and ripped down in other seats across NSW.

Ms Vitnell has told Sky News that hundreds of her campaign posters have gone missing or been “slashed, graffitied, had things drawn on them [with] profanity.”

“And these are profanities that have been drawn all over many billboard-sized signs on arterial highways,” she said.

“So we’ve got buses, we’ve got a high volume of traffic going past these signs seeing these obscene images and these degrading words as well.”

By Jessica Riga

Key Event

Greens announce $24 billion environmental plan with goal of stopping all extinctions by 2030

(New Video)

Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world and is losing more biodiversity than any other developed nation.

The Greens’ plan hopes to halt that through investments in mass greening and restoration, stronger environmental laws, ending native logging and ensuring mines are assessed on their climate impacts before approval.

“Our forests, wildlife and oceans are dying and we are at a point in history where, if we don’t act, we face total ecosystem collapse,” Greens leader adam bandt said.

“The Greens are the only party in this campaign with costed plans to tackle the extinction crisis and protect our environment.”

Environmentalists have been calling for the federal government to release it’s five-yearly State of the Environment report before the election.

It has been sitting on Environment Minister Susan Ley’s desk since December.

The report is required to be tabled within 15 parliamentary sitting days of the minister receiving it, but due to the election, Ms Ley does not legally need to release it until the next parliament.

By Jessica Riga

Gambling groups donated $18m to the states. More than three-quarters went to one party

(ABC News: Digital Story Innovation Team)

One party comes out far ahead, according to the first investigation to analyze gambling-related political payments across all seven state and territory electoral commission databases.

By Jessica Riga

Coalition promises $5 million towards establishing digital ‘skills passport’

the coalition is promising to create a digital skills passport if it wins the upcoming federal election.

The $5 million commitment will be in partnership with the Australian Technology Network of Universities to accelerate the development of digital skills passports.

The passport is aimed at making it easier for recognition of prior learning and will be a single point of entry for credentials across university and TAFE.

By Jessica Riga

Buenos dias!

Welcome to another day on the federal election campaign trail.

I’m Jessica Riga and I’ll be keeping you in the loop as the day unfolds.

Everyone ready to roll? Let’s go.


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