Election campaign takes Anzac truce

Both major federal parties will suspend election campaigning on Thursday for Anzac Day.
Both major federal parties will suspend election campaigning on Thursday for Anzac Day.

Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten will pause their election campaigning on Thursday for Anzac Day commemorations in Townsville and Darwin.

"We must honour our veterans around our memorials tomorrow but we must honour the veterans who are living each and every day," Mr Morrison told reporters in Darwin on Wednesday, announcing $30 million for veterans' wellbeing centres.

Labor has promised all Australian veterans the same funeral benefits, regardless of the conflict in which they served as part of a $118 million package.

The funeral expenses would cost $90.4 million, while the opposition has also committed $20 million towards local war memorials as well as money for art therapy and retreats for veterans.

Behind the scenes, Labor and coalition strategists will be poring over ballot draws - confirmed by the Australian Electoral Commission on Wednesday - to work out vital preference deals.

Labor has called on the coalition to rule out a deal with Pauline Hanson's One Nation, having declared the minor party would go below the Liberals on its how-to-vote cards.

A strong flow of Greens preferences will determine whether Labor can pick up a number of marginal seats.

The deals will need to be struck ahead of early voting starting on Monday.

One candidate whose prospects are already in doubt is West Australian Rod Culleton, who has been referred to the federal police over his nomination form.

The Australian Electoral Commission understands him to be an undischarged bankrupt, which would disqualify the former One Nation senator from parliament.

Police will determine whether he made a false declaration, which is a criminal offence.

The AEC is 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 the week.

Australian Associated Press