Yesterday morning Coalition campaign spokesperson Mathias Cormann accidentally reached across the aisle and gave a glowing endorsement of opposition leader Bill Shorten:

“Bill Shorten is very caring and very much in touch. Bill Shorten every single day is promoting our national economic plan for jobs and growth which of course is exactly what Australia needs.”

Shorten said in response that Cormann had “officially terminated” the government’s scare campaign. Reporters across Australia are currently having their email inboxes pummelled by press releases and transcripts from all the political parties, but interestingly, Cormann’s door-stop stuff up was not included in the transcripts of the day provided. They were sure, however, to send out the transcript for a doorstop later in the day where Cormann corrected himself:

“Malcolm Turnbull is an outstanding and very caring leader who is very much in touch and who is working very hard to secure the successful transition of our economy from resource investment driven growth to broader drivers of growth in a strong, new and diversified economy … I made a mistake this morning. I corrected it. I think that’s it.”

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