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Federal election 2022: Anthony Albanese backtracks on free RAT pledge

Anthony Albanese has backflipped on his promise to give all Australians free rapid antigen tests, saying “times had changed”.

The Opposition leader on Saturday told journalists in Launceston that Labor’s stance on free RATs was no longer on offer to the Australian public, despite an earlier pledge to hand them out to everyone.

While speaking alongside his Labor Bass candidate Ross Hart, Mr Albanese criticised the Morrison Government’s slow vaccine rollout, limited supplies of RATs and sluggish response to the Omicron wave, claiming it brought the economy to a standstill.

He said under a Labor Government, RATs would no longer be available to all Australians for free — on a day where the country recorded more than 29,000 new infections and 36 deaths.

A total of 9243 of these were in WA.

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