At long last, a debate that attempted to corner both leaders on why they should win your vote.
I say attempted as Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese are both well trained in how not to answer a question.
They both danced around giving specific details on important policies and Morrison went that extra step with his use of data and numbers that were likely meaningless to the average punter.
Debate host Mark Riley nailed it when he said to Morrison: “You are smashing out those talking points.”
If the Prime Minister was trying to win over undecided voters, his performance is unlikely to have achieved that. He kept referring back to his well-worn script of don’t trust the other side with managing the economy, and now is not the time to risk change, but failed to offer up why he’ll do better.
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Albanese also stuck to his well-rehearsed talking points and would fall back to lines he’s more confident on, but he did try to provide a little more detail when responding to key issues, such as addressing inflation concerns.
The third and final debate had substance and covered a range of topics, and we saw both leaders put in a polished performance as they near the end of the election race.
I doubt these debates really shift the dial for undecided voters, but both leaders now have just over a week to firm up support. We can only hope we get a few more clear answers to key questions in the final push.