Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Anthony Albanese have both released their latest campaign videos – as the prime minister gets set to call an election date.
Mr Morrison choked up as he took a more emotional approach in the one minute long video released on Saturday.
The prime minister revealed the touching reason he wanted to continue as prime minister, before reflecting on his government’s successes during the Covid pandemic and admitting the world was as unstable as it was during World War Two.
‘We’re dealing with a world that has never been more unstable since the time of the second World War,’ Mr Morrison said.
Mr Morrison is expected to call the date of the next election this weekend with Labor still ahead in the polls.
Mr Albanese released his own campaign video attacking rising national debt, promising to keep taxes low and vowing to introduce fee-free courses at TAFE.
Scott Morrison says he is fired up and ready to lead Australia out of the worst instability the world has experienced since WWII in a new election campaign video
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese also took the opportunity to drop a short campaign video attacking rising national debt, promising to keep taxes low and introducing fee-free courses at TAFE
Mr Morrison touched on the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires, the Covid pandemic, unprecedented floods in Queensland and NSW and Russia’s invasion in the Ukraine
‘Forty thousand people are alive in Australia because of the way we managed the pandemic,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘Seven hundred thousand people still have jobs and countless numbers of businesses that would have been destroyed.’
Mr Morrison touched on his election promise to strengthen the Australian economy.
‘Were dealing with an economy that has more moving parts, and more risks, but indeed many many opportunities that we have to seize,’ he said.
Mr Morrison appeared to momentarily choke up as he revealed the touching reason he wanted to continue as prime minister.
‘This is why as we go into this next election, what’s firing me up? We’re actually in a really strong position.
‘I was at a trade school the other in Brisbane, Year 11 and 12. I asked them, ‘how many of you are going to start your own business?’ More than half of their hands went up.
‘How good’s that? That’s why I love Australia’.
Mr Albanese promised in his video he would focus on strengthening the economy and pulling the country out of ‘skyrocketing’ debt.
‘Australians deserve a prime minister who shows up, who takes responsibility and who works with people,’ he said.
‘Debt has skyrocketed under the Liberals. They doubled the debt even before the pandemic. Labor will get spending under control so we can keep taxes low.’
Mr Albanese touched on his experience growing in a single-parent household.
Mr Morrison appeared to momentarily choke up as he revealed the touching reason he wanted to continue as prime minister
‘They’ve been really tough,’ Mr Morrison said. ‘There’s drought, there’s floods, there’s fire, there’s pandemic, there is now war’
‘Growing up with a single mum, I learned the value of a dollar and I know how hard it is to get ahead,’ he said.
‘That’s why I will help families get ahead by making childcare cheaper, reducing power bills and investing in fee-free TAFE.’
Speculation continues to mount on when Mr Morrison will call the election, with Australians set to go to the polls on either May 14 or May 21.
A Newspoll conducted for The Australian shows 38 per cent of the primary vote is going to Labor – a fall of three percentage points since the last survey – with the coalition improving a point to 36 per cent.
But on a two-party preferred basis, Labor is ahead 54 per cent to 46 per cent for the government, which if realised at the May election could translate to a national swing of more than five per cent.
Mr Morrison touched on his election promise to strengthen the Australian economy
Mr Albanese promised in his video he would focus on strengthening the economy and pulling the country out of ‘skyrocketing’ debt
Asked who would be a better prime minister, the poll of 1,531 voters sided narrowly with Scott Morrison, who improved by a point to 43 per cent.
Over a period when both leaders have come under attack over alleged bullying behaviour within their own party, Anthony Albanese was unchanged on 42 per cent.
Mr Albanese said it was likely the election would be called this weekend because Mr Morrison ‘didn’t like the scrutiny’ of a sitting Parliament.
‘This Prime Minister last year gave up on governing and said he was campaigning,’ Mr Albanese said on Saturday.
The Opposition Leader said Mr Morrison was treating the election as a ‘game’ and delaying it, to allow the use of taxpayer funds to spruik government spending and appoint mates to government boards.
Mr Morrison touched on the recent, unprecedented floods that have submerged parts of Queensland and NSW
Mr Morrison has been prime minister during several natural disasters including the floods in Queensland and NSW (pictured, Richmond)
‘This absurdity of not having the election called so that they can continue to spend taxpayer funds on election ads that are in the name of the government, but they’re really about promoting the Liberal National parties … call the election, let the Australian people decide,’ he said.
‘I feel like putting in a phone call to the prime minister if he doesn’t know where the Governor-General lives, and offer him a lift.’
Mr Albanese said Labor had a mountain to climb to win the looming election but had a plan for the future while the government was ‘out of puff’.
If the prime minister does not visit the governor-general by this Sunday it will rule out the earlier May date, as a minimum of 33 days is required between calling an election and polling day.
It will also mean MPs will have to return to Canberra for the week as the House of Representatives is due to sit.
Russia’s invasion in the Ukraine did not escape mention in the one-minute long election campaign video released by Mr Morrison’s office
Mr Albanese said it was likely the election would be called this weekend because Mr Morrison ‘didn’t like the scrutiny’ of a sitting Parliament
A program for the scheduled sitting was released on Friday afternoon but it is not expected to go ahead.
Mr Morrison has said his visit to Governor-General David Hurley is not far away.
‘Electoral terms are for three years. The last election was on May 18 (2019) and the next election will be held about the same time,’ he told reporters on Friday.
‘You’ll know very soon.’
A potential hurdle delaying Mr Morrison from calling the election was cleared on Friday afternoon when the High Court threw out a challenge to his pick of candidates for several NSW seats.
Chief Justice Susan Kiefel said there were ‘insufficient prospects of success’ to warrant leave for former Liberal member Matthew Camenzuli to challenge Mr Morrison’s intervention in the state’s local branches.