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Federal election 2022: Final leaders’ debate sees Anthony Albanese, Scott Morrison battle on wages and climate

Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese battled over whether low-paid workers should be given a pay rise in the final leadership debate, with the Labor Leader saying the lift would work out to be the price of about “two cups of coffee a day”.

In contrast, the Prime Minister insisted it would put jobs at risk.

In what was a markedly more civil and policy-focused debate than when the pair faced off earlier in the week, the minimum wage was where the two leaders struck a clear difference in their platforms — which are similar on many other major issues.

The debate was broadcast on Channel Seven, and 7NEWS Political Editor and moderator Mark Riley ran a tight ship to make sure the two leaders stayed on topic and didn’t descend into a screaming match.

On wages, Mr Albanese said it was up to the Fair Work Commission which “makes a decision independent of Government”, but said low-wage workers were the “heroes of the pandemic” and deserved a rise.

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