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Federal election campaign: The penultimate week with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, in pictures

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese in the penultimate week of the 2022 federal election campaign.  (ABC News: Marco Catalano/Ian Cutmore)

We're into the last week of the campaign, as politicians hightail it across the country making their final pitches. 

If you missed anything in the second-last week of the political flurry, this series of pictures will help to bring you up to speed. 

Mothers and markets to start the week 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison marked Mother's Day by making an IVF announcement, joined by his mum Marion, wife Jenny and their daughters Abbey and Lily. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison plants a kiss on wife Jenny on Mother's Day, as his family watches on. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson )

Opposition leader Anthony  Albanese headed to a market in Ryde.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese considers a snack at a market in Ryde, alongside Labor candidate Jerome Laxale. (ABC News: Toby Hunt)

He also paid tribute to his mum, who suffered a fatal brain aneurysm on Mother's Day in 2002. 

Schools and Seahawks dominated Monday

Early voting opened on Monday, with more than 280,000 Australians casting their ballots on the first day of pre-polling. 

Mr Morrison was talking defence helicopters — specifically, a plan to get more of them. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants more Seahawk helicopters to boost Australia's defence cababilities.  (ABC News: Luke Stephenson)

Mr Albanese headed back to school — St Mary's Cathedral School in Sydney, where he was once a pupil — to unveil Labor's plan to entice high achieving students into teaching careers.

Anthony Albanese goes back to school to announce an education policy. (ABC News: Toby Hunt)

Bridge plans for Bennelong

The PM cast his eye over plans for a bridge upgrade in Bennelong on Tuesday, alongside New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet. 

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet hits the campaign trail with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson)

Mr Morrison's day was later dominated by questions about his hand-picked candidate in Warringah, after she reiterated divisive comments she had previously apologised for. 

A wages twist 

Anthony Albanese caused a stir by backing in an increase to the minimum wage of at least 5.1 percent, and leaned in to the politicians-holding-babies campaign style.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese enjoys a coffee and a cuddle on the campaign trail.  (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

Wednesday saw more debate on wages

Debate over Mr Albanese's wage rise comments from Tuesday continued into a second day, with the Prime Minister launching criticism at his opponent, before finding time for a chuckle with member for Robertson Lucy Wicks. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison laughs with Robertson MP Lucy Wicks during a campaign stop.  (ABC News: Marco Catalano)

And, more rain 

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese walks to a campaign event in North Sydney. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

After getting some inspiration from his surroundings, the Opposition Leader talked up Labor's plan to make child care cheaper — cupcakes not included. 

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese turns his attention to child care.  (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

A continental divide

On Thursday, the Prime Minister announced some mental health funding in Tasmania before getting in some exercise. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison tries his hand at lawn bowls in Bass.  (ABC News: Marco Catalano)

The Labor campaign hit up an oil refinery at the opposite end of the country, in central Queensland, which focuses on reuse for advanced manufacturing. 

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese dons high-vis and a hard-hat in Queensland.  (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

Happy Birthday to you

The Prime Minister celebrated another lap around the sun on Friday, turning 54 on the campaign trail. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison celebrated his birthday on the campaign trail.  (ABC News: Marco Catalano)

The Albo-bus became an Alboat

Labor's campaign went tropical to talk about the Great Barrier Reef. 

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese visited Fitzroy Island to outline Labor's Great Barrier Reef policy. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

A sporty Saturday for the Coalition

The Prime Minister kept his eye on the ball as the campaign entered its final week. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes a punt.  (ABC News: Marco Catalano)

A hydration break for the Labor leader 

Still in steamy northern Australia, Anthony Albanese topped up on the good stuff while catching up with the Northern Territory's new chief minister Natasha Fyles to round out the week. 

Labor leader Anthony Albanese catches up with newly installed Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)
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