Election 2022 LIVE updates: Coalition, Labor rack up billions in spending promises; Anzac Day services held across the nation

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Coalition has promised voters $833m a day as it outspends Labor in campaign mode

The Coalition has promised $833 million a day to electorates around the country since the week of the March 29 federal budget as it goes on a spending spree to hold on to power at next month’s election.

From large-scale dams that have yet to be judged against a business case, to BMX courses and footpaths in must-win seats, the Coalition has announced $23.3 billion in projects in the four weeks since the budget at an average of eight election sweeteners a day.

Labor has been left behind, offering a “modest” $1.9 billion across almost 100 projects that include assistance to veterans, building a skate park and an upgraded pavilion at a community tennis club.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have been tracking promises made by both major parties since October last year, but there has been a flurry of activity – particularly at the marginal seat level – since the week Treasurer Josh Frydenberg handed down his fourth budget.

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This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company.

It’s Monday, April 25. I’m Broede Carmody and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.

Here’s what you need to know before we get started.

  • Anzac Day services are being held across the country to remember all those who served in Australia’s armed forces. In Sydney and Melbourne, it’s the first time since 2019 that there are no crowd capacity limits at dawn services.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison writes that today Australians will be reminded that the freedom we share is always more enduring than the things that separate us. Opposition leader Anthony Albanese writes that Anzac Day is about looking back on the past, but also looking towards a brighter future.
  • It’s now week three of the federal election campaign. The PM travelled to the Northern Territory yesterday to make an announcement relating to youth crime after making a lower-tax pledge. Senior Labor MPs also travelled to the NT yesterday to make pledges promises to Indigenous health.
  • And as Katina Curtis and Shane Wright report, the Coalition has promised voters around $833 million a day to electorates across the country following the March 29 budget. Commonwealth debt is expected to reach $1.2 trillion by 2025-26, with no sign of a budget surplus this decade.
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