Anthony Albanese has declared the current Government is “more risky” and that’s why voters should “give Labor a crack”.
The Labor leader appeared in a morning TV blitz, where he defended his budget costings and said it was the Government who had shown they couldn’t manage the economy given current debt levels.
“You know what the risk is? A Government that’s produced the largest deficits in Australia’s history, a Government that’s produced $1 trillion of debt, with not much to show for it,” he said in an interview with the ABC.
“A Government whose budget is riddled with rorts and waste that opposes a national anti-corruption commission.”
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Scott Morrison has attacked Labor’s record on the economy throughout the campaign, criticising them for proposing a deficit $7.4 billion higher than what the Government is forecasting.
Mr Albanese’s photo has appeared more frequently in the Liberals campaign advertising that the PMs, with the party using the tagline “it won’t be easy under Albanese”- a slogan the Labor Leader has suggested is offensive to his Italian heritage.
The Coalition has championed low unemployment rates as its key achievement, arguing current debt is the fault of the pandemic and Australia is doing better compared to other nations.
Labor, however, say that their spending focuses on areas that will ultimately put money into the economy and that the Government has failed to meet its own Budget forecasts during its nine years in power including before the pandemic.
“Labor’s plan is to invest in childcare, to boost women’s workforce participation, to boost productivity, to invest in skills through fee-free TAFE and universities, and to invest in clean energy,” Mr Albanese said.
“Our investments will grow the economy, will contribute to a better bungle yet position in future years. In order to do that, you’ve got to have plan for growth. This government don’t have plans for anything,” he said.
Asked if he gave any credit to the Government for record low unemployment levels, Mr Albanese said it could not be said the current economy was going well.
He referred to Mr Morrison’s rejection of a rise to the minimum wage of $20.33 an hour saying it showed he was out of touch.
“I know that people are really struggling and this Government are totally out of touch,” he said.
In what seemed to be an appeal to those who have not traditionally supporter Labor, he asked voters to give his party “a crack”.
“This country cannot afford three more years of the same. That’s why today I want people to vote for a better future. Give Labor a crack,” he said.