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Have you heard about the candidate for Pauline Hanson's One Nation who has an anarchy symbol proudly tattooed across his muscled chest?

Or the Senate candidate for Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party who said of his 2017 conviction for assaulting police and choking an RSPCA inspector: "If no one in the Senate brings a malicious case and steals my dog in front of my children, I probably won't choke anybody there."

Or what some patrons at the Commercial Hotel in Dubbo said on Friday night when Prime Minister Scott Morrison dropped in for a schooner and a round of selfies?

FLEECED: John Fittler and James Amey gave Prime Minister Scott Morrison's sheep shearing skills a tick of approval family farm near Dubbo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

FLEECED: John Fittler and James Amey gave Prime Minister Scott Morrison's sheep shearing skills a tick of approval family farm near Dubbo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

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FLYING HIGH: Bill Shorten in Tasmania at the weekend with Lyons MP Brian Mitchell and Bass MP Ross Hart. Picture: Matt Dennien

FLYING HIGH: Bill Shorten in Tasmania at the weekend with Lyons MP Brian Mitchell and Bass MP Ross Hart. Picture: Matt Dennien

Our team at Tamworth's Northern Daily Leader are closest to the action in New England, where controversial former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce hangs his hat. Further south in Wagga Wagga, The Daily Advertiser is keeping tabs on Joyce's successor as Nats leader, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who appears to face fewer challengers as the Member for Riverina on May 18 than he does within his own besieged party.

On the NSW North Coast, the Port Macquarie News and Kempsey's Macleay Argus are reporting on Rob Oakeshott's attempted parliamentary comeback in the seat of Cowper. On the NSW South Coast, where former Labor Party national president Warren Mundine has been parachuted by the Liberals into the hot seat of Gilmore, editor John Hanscombe and the South Coast Register team have their fingers on the electorate's pulse.

Sink or swim: Liberal candidate for Gilmore Warren Mundine at Shoalhaven Heads Surf Lifesaving Club on the NSW South Coast at the weekend.

Sink or swim: Liberal candidate for Gilmore Warren Mundine at Shoalhaven Heads Surf Lifesaving Club on the NSW South Coast at the weekend.

In the ever-swinging Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon, The Examiner in Launceston and The Advocate on the island state's north-west coast are reporting daily on the Morrison government's determined efforts to win both back from Labor, and on former senator Jacqui Lambie's tussle for the state's sixth Senate spot.

On the NSW-Victorian border, The Border Mail is following independent Cathy McGowan's anointed successor Dr Helen Haines in the electorate of Indi and Liberal MP Sussan Ley's tight battle with independent Kevin Mack in the neighbouring seat of Farrer.

COLOURS OF THE CAMPAIGN: Candidates and volunteers handing out how to vote cards this week in the seat of Indi formerly held by independent Cathy McGowan.

COLOURS OF THE CAMPAIGN: Candidates and volunteers handing out how to vote cards this week in the seat of Indi formerly held by independent Cathy McGowan.

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Curated by ACM's editors and journalists around the country, we'll deliver you the election stories that matter from the local seats that count as Australia counts down to polling day on May 18.

And we promise to avoid any more pictures of Scott Morrison kicking a football or Bill Shorten jogging.

  • James Joyce is executive editor of Australian Community Media.
This story From the bush to the beach, we've got the election campaign trail covered first appeared on The Canberra Times.