WHAT THEY SAID ON DAY 40 OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN
THE BEST LINE
"We give people from the humblest beginnings the best opportunity in life, and I pay tribute to my mum, but also pay tribute to others who've helped me out along the way - no one gets to this spot by themselves."
- Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese
"Do not vote for those teal independents ... these guys are a sham."
- On the independent candidates taking on traditionally Liberal-held seats this election.
"Elections in Australia are always close. It's very rare that you get big changes."
- On the expected result of the poll.
"Even Scott Morrison wants to distance himself from Scott Morrison."
- On the prime minister's move to alter his 'bulldozer' approach.
"The fact that young kid is now running for prime minister says a lot about her and her courage, but also says a lot about this country."
- On the influence his mother had on him.
THE SUPPORT CAST
"They (Nationals) are a one-trick pony ... every election it is just a big scare campaign on coalmining and the coalminers and their families are starting to work that out."
- Former Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon campaigning in his old Hunter seat.
"People are very encouraged by unemployment being down below four per cent ... AAA credit rating and also our vision for what we need to do."
- Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce spruiking his government's economic management.
"There's more bloody journalists here than (locals)."
- Senior west Australian at a community breakfast with the prime minister in Perth.
"Do you think I have time for a coffee."
- Adelaide voter at a coffee shop asking if he had time, before Albanese and Gillard arrived at the store.
Australian Associated Press
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