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Check back here through the day for live updates from the election campaign.

2.39pm Feds join the fray

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis is about to join the debate on the Carolyn Habib pamphlet. Press conference is happening shortly.

2.19pm Liberals refer ad to Electoral Commissioner

Liberal State Director Geoffrey Greene has asked the Electoral Commissioner to direct Labor to withdraw its pamphlet attacking Liberal candidate Carolyn Habib.

In a letter to commissioner Kay Mousley, Greene said the brochure was “offensive in the extreme and a thinly veiled racist attack”, but also contained inaccurate and misleading statements.

2pm Weatherill refuses to apologise

Premier Jay Weatherill said the Liberal Party was using the Habib controversy to distract from the “real issues at stake in this election”.

“This is just pretend offence to try and distract from the real issues at stake in this election,” he said.

“People don’t care about this sort of nonsense. What they want to know is the answers to the bigger questions that affect their life.”

He said he wouldn’t be “lectured to” by a party that had breached the Electoral Act in relation to allegations about child abuse which were found to be false.

Weatherill said he didn’t believe the anti-Habib material was offensive and all of the material within the pamphlet was accurate.

12.30pm Habib issue dominates

It looks like the issue over Labor’s mail-out targeting Liberal candidate Carolyn Habib is going to dominate the campaign today – the last thing Labor needs just three days before voting (see 9am entry below).

Premier Jay Weatherill has just done a press conference – we’ll bring you his comments shortly.

9am Labor accused on pamphlet

Labor has been accused of using direct mail to point to the ethnicity of the Liberal candidate in the crucial seat of Elder.

Labor has released a pamphlet with the words “Can you trust HABIB?” transposed onto a shoddy brick wall.

Candidate Carolyn Habib told 891 breakfast that the pamphlet is a “new low” in the campaign.

Labor’s Tom Koutsantonis denied there was any racist intent. He refused to answer repeated questions from presenter David Bevan about whether any Labor figures believed that Habib’s name would be a problem for voters in Elder.

Bevan said he’d been told by a Labor figure that a candidate with a name like Habib would not be electable in the southern suburbs seat.

Inside, the pamphlet questions Habib’s performance as a member of the Marion council.

7am More funds for eating disorders

Liberal leader Steven Marshall is promising an additional $800,000 per year to support young people suffering from eating disorders.

The funds will go towards extra specialist inpatient nurses for patients under 18, psychological services and paediatric resources.

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