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Shorten & ScoMo back in Tassie

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A comparison diptych generated of Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, May 6, 2019 (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas).

Less than a week until polling day, both major leaders have returned to the island state, making last ditch attempts to voters in marginal the seats of Bass, Braddon and Lyons.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten spent the night in Launceston before taking a swag of Shadow Ministers to Burnie to spruike his promises on health and wages.

Member for Bass Ross Hart announced over the weekend a Labor Government would inject $1 million into Launceston General Hospital, on top of previous funding pledges to address bed block and ramping across Tasmania. 

Mr Shorten is rejecting suggestions Labor is undermining the independence of the Fair Work Commission, planning to withdraw the Coalition’s submission on award wages as one of his first acts in Government.

Labor would instead call for a greater pay increase for two-million workers by July.

"One of our first acts will be to withdraw from the old Government's meaningless, insipid, useless submission. Now I accept it is a forward leaning decision, an unprecedented decision for us to boldly put the case to the Commission that we should have modest but meanful rises," Mr Shorten said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister arrived in Tasmania this afternoon, promising $40 million dollars to upgrade the so-called 'Cooee Crawl': the Bass Highway between Cooee and Wynyard.

He brushed off suggestions the pledge appeared a bit desperate.

"Whether it's a right turn lane in Kirrawee in Southern Sydney, or Racecourse Road in Pakenham in suburban Melbourne or it's the Cooee Crawl - all these things get in the way of jobs and people getting home sooner and safer," Scott Morrison said.

Mr Morrison is also firmly getting behind Deanna Hutchinson, the Nationals' candidate in Lyons, after Liberal candidate Jessica Whelan was forced to resign from the party in the aftermath of several anti-Muslim social media posts - some of which she denies making.

With no formal Coalition agreement in Tasmania, it's a stray from the normal for the Liberals to endorse a Nationals candidate here.

Interestingly, the Nationals have preferenced Ms Whelan second on their 'how to vote' cards.