Dramatic moment Anthony Albanese storms out of a press conference as Mark McGowan awkwardly watches on – after Labor leader refused to answer questions about the cost of his policies
- Mr Albanese left after just 13 minutes of questions at a press conference in Perth
- Reporters chased him out the door after refusing to reveal Labor policy costings
- Labor will announce its costings on Thursday – just three days before election
Anthony Albanese has been chased out of a press conference by reporters after he refused to answer questions about Labor’s policy costings.
Mr McGowan described the scene as ‘madness’ as several journalists chased Mr Albanese out the door, demanding he answer their questions.
A Sky News reporter was seen walking quickly behind the Opposition leader calling on him to unveil the costs before Mr Albanese left the room.
Anthony Albanese has been chased out of a press conference by reporters after he refused to to answer questions about Labor’s policy costings
‘We are following you for answers Mr Albanese and you are now just not giving them,’ he said.
‘You have to answer eventually.’
The Coalition had released its full costings earlier in the day, with Mr Albanese hit with various questions about the cost of his own policies.
He had pledged to release the details after the Coalition’s campaign launch on Sunday and has since pointed to Thursday as the day where the costings will be revealed.
Mr Albanese left the room after just 13 minutes of questions – most on Labor’s deficits and the proposed World Health Organisation’s pandemic treaty.
Instead all he gave away was that the ‘costings and expenditures which we have made have been responsible’.
‘They pale into insignificance compared with the waste and the rorts that are riddled through this budget,’ he said.
Labor says it will release its costings on Thursday and claims it’s normal to announce them only days before the election
‘$5.5 billion on French subs is more – is more – than any of the commitments that we have made during this election campaign, the largest of which is for childcare.’
The Coalition claims Labor is being ‘disingenuous’ with voters for not having policies independently costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office.
Labor says it will release its costings on Thursday and claims it’s normal to announce them only days before the election.
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