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Campaign springs back after Anzac Day rest

The election campaign will burst back into life after Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Bill Shorten respected an Anzac Day truce.

Mr Morrison will begin in Townsville on Friday with a $60 million pledge to help young rural and regional Australians secure apprenticeships.

The prime minister went to a local pub after Thursday’s dawn service with the Liberal National candidate for Herbert, Phillip Thompson.

The Queensland seat was won by Labor’s Cathy O’Toole by a mere 37 votes in 2016, making it the nation’s most marginal and ensuring it will be a hot contest at the election.

Mr Morrison will no doubt face further questions about the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on Friday, after confirming that one of the suicide bombers spent time in Australia.

“They departed in early 2013. That individual had been here on a student and a graduate skilled visa,” Mr Morrison told reporters on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Mr Shorten has taken the Labor campaign back to Melbourne for his fourth visit to Victoria since the election was called.

The Labor leader joined more than 100,000 football fans at the annual Anzac Day clash after returning to Melbourne from Darwin, where he attended the dawn service.

The Australian Electoral Commission has announced more than 1500 people have put their hat in the ring to contest the election.

The AEC is now working its way through more than 10,000 pages of information provided by candidates under the new rules designed to head off the MP dual-citizenship debacle of the past 18 months.

The candidate declarations are due to be published by the end of this week.

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