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PM wields Labor taxes to win coastal votes

Scott Morrison is hoping his margin of success at the election will be as plump as the diverse skillset he's honed on the campaign trail.

"If you need a sheep shorn, or if you need a nail hammered, I'm your man," the prime minister declared as he hit a nail into a home under construction on the NSW mid-north coast on Thursday.

The leader was at a construction site in Port Macquarie to highlight the risks he says Labor's proposed reforms to negative gearing pose to the pace of home-building and house prices.

"If that all slows down, obviously it's going to make things a lot tougher," he told a group of builders.

He was flanked by the local Nationals candidate for Cowper, Patrick Conaghan.

Cowper was previously held for 17 years by retiring MP Luke Hartsuyker, but independent candidate and former MP Rob Oakeshott is considered a good chance of taking it from the coalition.

Earlier, it didn't take long for Mr Morrison to earn a compliment on his bingo-reading skills at a Port Macquarie leagues club.

"66, 6-6, clickity click," the prime minister declared to a crowd of mostly older women playing the game.

"21, 2-1, same age as everyone here."

"You're pretty good at this!" one of the ladies called out.

"Oh, he's fast," another said as she scrambled to stamp out all the numbers in time.

Despite keeping a straight face, Mr Morrison couldn't resist the chance for a little free advertising.

"1, 1 only. Vote 1, Pat Conaghan. Just saying."

At a morning tea hosted by Mr Conaghan, the candidate said he was raised to believe that if you work hard, you can get ahead.

"That whole motto, right now, is under threat," the lawyer and former police officer said, referring to the prospect of a Labor government.

The sentiment was the perfect segue for Mr Morrison to talk about Labor's plan to scrap cash refunds for some shareholders at tax time - a policy the coalition calls the "retiree tax".

The prime minister said the proposal is a threat to the aspirations of a "quiet army of Australians", who want to work hard and look after their family.

Fielding questions, he later said that "quiet army" is the reason he believes he will be prime minister after May 18, but appealed to them again nonetheless.

"I say to those quiet Australians who are out there, now is not the time to turn back," he said.

Mr Morrison also announced $4.5 million for a tidal pool at the popular NSW tourist spot.

The leader then shuffled next door to a mother's day luncheon attended by senior ladies, treating himself to one of their scones as they chinwagged.

Nationals voter Colleen Millar, who spoke with him, was impressed.

"He's so confident. He knows what he's talking about and he's got everything at his fingertips," she told AAP.

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