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Here's Why The Major Parties Launch Their "Official" Campaigns So Late

Join us for our live coverage of the final week of the election campaign, with Mark Di Stefano on the bus with the PM, and Alice Workman following Bill Shorten around the country.

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What We Know So Far

  • Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is in South Australia today, spruiking the government's plans to build a shitload of submarines there.
  • Opposition leader Bill Shorten is in Melbourne, trying to scare the pants off everyone about the government's plans to privatise Medicare. (The government hasn't announced plans to privatise medicare)
  • The latest Newspoll shows the government taking a narrow lead in the final week of the campaign.


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Upon spotting Di Stefano, the senator ducked into a bathroom for 10 minutes, before quickly leaving the building, claiming she didn't have time to answer questions.

The senator, whose career the prime minister recently saved in an "extraordinary" intervention, refused to answer several questions about serious allegations relating to her office.

BuzzFeed News revealed last month that 14 staff members had left Fierravanti-Wells' office since January last year. Several current and former staff members came forward to BuzzFeed News with their stories, but would not go on the record for fear of retribution.

Read the full story here.

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Labor has promised to run the Safe Schools Coalition for an additional three years, committing $6 million from 2017-18 onwards to the LGBTI anti-bullying program. The current funding is set to run out mid-2017, and the Coalition has said it will not renew the program.

The Greens have called for the current funding to be quadrupled to $32 million over the next four years.

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The inner-Melbourne seat of Batman will be a showdown between Labor's David Feeney and The Greens' Alex Bhatal this Saturday, which probably explains why the Greens have started targeting gay voters on Grindr with ads like this.

Some impressive target marketing from the Greens in Batman. Grindr warfare. #ausvotes