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Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and his Labor rival Bill Shorten (left) are attempting to maintain momentum as the election campaign reaches the business end (AAP Image/Darren England, Mick Tsikas) 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Labor rival Bill Shorten are attempting to sharpen their messages and maintain momentum as the election campaign reaches the business end.

Mr Morrison will begin Wednesday in Launceston which lies in the seat of Bass, an electorate he wants to nab from Labor's 5.4 per cent margin.

The prime minister started his Tasmania tour on Tuesday, visiting Burnie where the coalition is trying to win back the northwest seat of Braddon from Labor MP Justine Keay.

Although Mr Morrison wanted to focus on his first home buyers' policy ahead of Saturday's election, other issues such as questions about his religious beliefs threatened to throw off his narrative.

"The party administration will (deal with) that and I'm not being distracted by it," he said when asked about homophobic remarks made by two Liberal candidates.

"What people are interested in is the home they are going to buy and the rent they're going to pay."

The two men vying to be prime minister crisscrossed the country on Tuesday and could have waved to each other in the air while visiting the same cities in reverse.

Mr Morrison began in Adelaide before travelling to Tasmania, while Mr Shorten started his day in the Apple Isle before heading to the South Australian capital.

The Labor leader will be in Perth on Wednesday, starting at a business breakfast.

Mr Shorten will promise to establish a new jurisdiction to sit alongside the Fair Work Commission to crack down on "wage theft".

This may ensure ripped off workers with unpaid wage claims of up to $100,000 could have them resolved in a day under a Labor government.

Labor is eyeing up to four seats in Western Australia, with Hasluck, Stirling, Swan and Pearce all on the radar.

Independents are also in focus, as the possibility of Australians electing a hung parliament weighs on both parties.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek is eager to avoid that situation.

"Truly, for Australia's sake, I really hope people don't vote for minority government because we have had six years of chaos and division," she told Nine's Today on Wednesday.

"Having a minority government with Pauline Hanson and Clive Palmer calling the shots, I mean, it is a recipe for chaos."

Former MP Rob Oakeshott, who is running for the regional NSW seat of Cowper, said independents are being "very presumptuous" by talking about who they might back if there is a minority government.

"None of us are elected and we don't know what the make-up of the parliament is," he told ABC Breakfast.

Meanwhile, the number of Australians casting an early vote is expected to hit three million by Wednesday, with 2.6 million people already voting by close of business on Monday.

At the same point in the 2016 federal election, 1.5 million people had voted early.

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