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Election 2022 live updates: Malcolm Turnbull says voting for teal independents will thwart ‘capture’ of Liberal party | Australian election 2022

Q: Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that a hung parliament wouldn’t necessarily cause the instability that both parties are warning of. You ruled out making a deal with the so-called teal Independents. Are you honestly saying that in the event of a hung parliament you wouldn’t negotiate with them? How realistic is that?

Anthony Albanese:

I do note Malcolm Turnbull’s article or speech that he is giving this morning, and I also heard him on ABC Radio this morning.

He spoke about the fact that so many people who are traditional Liberals feel the modern Liberal Party under Scott Morrison doesn’t represent them, and they are walking away from the Liberal Party.

The Liberal Party are divided. They are a rabble. They are led by a man who a whole lot of his own front bench don’t want him anywhere near their seat and don’t want to appear with him in public that. Stands in stark contrast to Labor. Labor which is united, Labor which is ready to form a united, cohesive government, Labor that has a clear plan for a better future. The Liberals are a mess – that is the truth of the matter.

Q: On Q & A last night you said you would put downward pressure on inflation through targeted spending but all of the signature policies you’ve mentioned take time to implement. What will you do to curtail rampant inflation by the end of the year?

Anthony Albanese:

We have a plan to make sure that all of our expenditures, the – expenditures, the ones that will grow the economy. That is why in particular we have singled out child care as the No. 1 priority.

That is in consultation with what the business community is saying, that it will grow workforce participation, grow productivity, produce a return as well. So we are prioritising those investments, but we have also said, in terms of expenditure and putting downward pressure on, that we will have a review of government expenditure by Treasury and Finance.

We will go through line by line, where we can make a difference, and we will do that…

Q: But will that take time?

Albanese:

No, we will do that by the end of year, with is what we have committed to.

Q: These organisations are run largely by kind-hearted community members, philanthropists and others, a whole collection of funding and politicians love to come here and be photographed but they don’t leave any money behind. This place gets zero dollars in recurrent funding from any level of government to operate. Would you commit to funding organisations like this in some recurrent fashion so they continue to do this work?

Anthony Albanese:

Well, it certainly has merit, and one of the things that this community centre has benefited from is some of the community grants that have come through my electorate here.

This is the site of where the whalers trained during World War I before they left for the war. It is an old defence site and indeed a great legacy of the Whitlam Government was to purchase this. This was up for development and it was purchased for community use. It has been run through many organisations – there is a whole range [of organisations]- there is a Greek theatre across the road there. It provides an incredible community service. I think it is an example, when we speak about where grants go from government, there is a real case for going to organisations like this, who are deserve offing – it is not about a colour-coded map in a minister’s office. These people do incredible work and they are worthy of support.

‘The PM seems to think people have it easy right now,’ says Anthony Albanese

Anthony Albanese is on familiar ground in his electorate of Grayndler, and is in front of the Addison Road community centre.

They help 8,000 people every week. One of the things I have noticed over the years that has really changed is it used to be people who are homeless, people who are unemployed. Now they are helping out the working poor as well.

Mums and dads who can’t afford to feed their kids, who can’t afford to get by with the cost of living. People in this community from outside will say the inner west is gentrified. Yes, it is. People are moving in here who are professional but it has more boarding house residents than any electorate in Australia. It also has a whole lot of people who are doing it so tough. Here at Addy Road, together with the other organisations who are here, like Youth off the Streets and ethnic community child care. They help people out every day.

The Prime Minister seems to think people have got it easy right now. He is out of touch with how tough people are doing it right now.

What we need isn’t just cost of living relief during an election campaign that disappears once people have cast their vote. What we actually need is strategies and plans to make sure that no-one is left behind.

Something I have spoken about consistently during this election campaign. No-one left behind and no-one held back. That is Labor’s approach. That is where we will go.

Peter Hannam

It’s four weeks since we wrote here about the key numbers voters and politicians should know about during the election campaign.

As far as we know the leaders, including Scott Morrison, have not been asked about, say, how many mass bleachings there have been on the Great Barrier Reef in the past six years (or any time, for that matter). That’s even when they’ve visited Cairns and other reef peeping hotspots.

Anyway, some of the numbers are changing, including the last on the list, which asked what the global atmospheric concentrations of carbon-dioxide were. Unfortunately, we have to update that figure to a new record.

There are two leaders’ debates to go, anyone want to place a bet on a CO2 emissions question being asked?

Our colleague Adam Morton notes here that as for the party policies, the Coalition’s are aligned to a world that’s 3 degrees warmer than pre-industrial times.

Globally, we’re about 1 degree warmer, and with the lagging effects of the greenhouse gas emissions we’ve already released, more warming is already locked in. Land warms faster than the average, so Australia’s 1.44C warming since 1900 is just a taste of things to come.

With two weeks to go, which seats will decide the election?

Sarah Martin has taken a look at the nation:

Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese are preparing for the final sprint to the 21 May election finish line when Australia will decide who forms government.

Labor can sniff victory, but the Liberals are not giving up, hoping the final fortnight may yet see the undecided voters stick with the devil they know.

While national polls show Labor clearly ahead of the Coalition and in line for a comfortable victory, both sides suggest the contest could still be close, with the low primary vote of each of the major parties making the result difficult to pick.

It got even harder:

Q: And then imagine a scenario where, you know, the Greens are the co-pilot. I mean, yesterday yesterday we saw the footage of Lidia Thorpe screaming at police officers, about 12 people who were in a special type of immigration detention because that either broken the law or that accused of breaking the law from things as serious as sexual assault to anything that takes you to be in jail for 12 months. She’s top of the ticket in Victoria and their No 1 preference. What does it say about who’s coming with this mob if they win?

Scott Morrison:

It’s an absolute carnival of chaos. And then you throw in other crossbench independents. See, he’s not particularly strong to start with. But then you throw him in in a parliament where he’s dealing with the teal independents, so-called independents. You got the Greens, let alone the unions and the factions in his own government. I don’t know who’s going to be running that show. I can tell you, it takes a lot of strength to be a prime minister, particularly in very difficult times.

Q: You take this bunch of polls, they say this is going to happen. You take this bunch of polls, that’s going to happen. Dennis Shanahan, I think quite deftly points out that no one has ever won from opposition if they’re not the preferred prime minister. You’re the preferred prime minister by some margin right the way around the country. But what do you see that those polls don’t tell us when we get them every week?

Morrison:

Australians, they’re they’re sizing us up and they haven’t made their decision yet. And this election’s a little different to many I’ve been involved in. And, you know, we’ve come through a pandemic where people have rightly been focused on their own lives, their own challenges, and that’s been really difficult, and it hasn’t been great, and I understand that. But as you get closer to the election and they know they have to make a decision, then they will make a choice between, I think what is best for the Australian economy and their job and their family, the economy that they will live in, that will determine their choices, how their business runs, the strength of their job, how they save for their retirement, what they’re able to earn. And a Labor opposition that we know does not have the strength to actually make the difficult decisions, whether it be on national security or our economy.

And they’ll make a choice. And they won’t make a choice like it’s you know Married at First Sight or something like that. That’s all that’s all fun and that’s all a lot of fun.

But Australians take the elections very seriously and I think as yet, they’re yet to make up their mind. And I think these last couple of weeks will be very important. And that’s why every single day I will just keep reminding Australians about the important choice they have, because the choice they make, just like three years ago, could you imagine if they’d chosen Bill Shorten? I wouldn’t want three years from now people having lived three years under Anthony Albanese, what with whatever’s coming next.

Must have been a sleepless night after that one.

Scott Morrison had a *very* hard time on Sky News with Paul Murray last night (yes, I am being sarcastic) where he faced an exceptionally difficult grilling, with questions like this:

Q: Labor is going with an overtly small target where they have a fistful of policies. Yet today, Albo couldn’t remember one of them.

Morrison:

Yeah, well he’s only had three years, look, and this is the challenge. I mean, he spent three years having a crack at me every day. This is his day has started, he gets up, what’s something I can have a crack at Scomo about for today? Goes out, says it, goes back. Every single day, he’s just got up and had a crack at me about how he could, you know, say how the game could be played on the Monday after the game, every single weekend. And, you know, after all this time, I would have thought this deep into the campaign, they would have had some clear plans. And the few plans that they have, he’d know what they are. And I think what we’re seeing as people look at this campaign, and it is a choice he wants to make in a referendum about me, as you know. But it is a choice. And people are looking in there going, I can’t see it in this guy.

Q: Yeah.

Morrison:

I can’t see it in that other guy from Labor. I can’t see it in Anthony Albanese.

Simon Birmingham admitted yesterday that the instant asset write-off scheme the government had in place as a pandemic measure would not be extended, despite cost-of-living pressures.

The National Farmers’ Federation has some (unhappy) thoughts (per its statement):

Farmers have been blindsided today by the Finance Minister’s admission the instant asset write-off may not have a place in a Coalition Government after 2023.

“The small business instant asset write-off was a stroke of genius by the current Government when introduced along with dedicated provisions for agriculture in 2015,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said.

“Farmers must have certainty about its future, under either a Coalition or Labor Government.

“The measure helps provide the means and incentive for farmers to invest in the plant they need to gain efficiencies and improve productivity; to be more resilient, sustainable and to make their workspaces safer and less labour orientated.

“It supports farmers to invest in assets like tanks and solar water pumps to be better prepared for the next drought; to adopt safer farm equipment like side-by-side vehicles and to extend wifi across farms to enable digital adoption.”

Mr Mahar questioned why the Coalition would consider doing away with a tried and tested policy that had so successfully served farmers and other small businesses, including through the hardships of drought, bushfires and COVID.

Council of Small Business of Australia CEO Alexi Boyd said the reluctant admission by the Minister would be the subject of discussion in small businesses across the country.

“Minister Birmingham’s comments yesterday will have left many small business owners feeling stressed. A baseline instant asset write-off should be a permanent fixture of the tax system as it reduces accounting costs for small businesses and their trusted advisors, as well as the red tape associated with the need to depreciate assets.”

Jo Dyer switches preference suggestion to Labor

Independent candidate for Boothby Jo Dyer has changed her how-to-vote card. She will now suggest voters preference the Labor party over the Liberal party, after previously saying she would have a split ticket:

My disillusionment with both major parties is why I’m standing as an Independent candidate for the Federal seat of Boothby at the upcoming election.

Despite this, I am today announcing I have decided to preference Labor above the Liberals on my ‘How to Vote’ cards in Boothby – a change from my previous position that I’d publish a split ticket.

The polls suggest voting will be close and my priority is to ensure the Morrison Joyce Government is not re-elected. If it were to be a close vote, I would be disappointed if any of my decisions resulted in their re-election.

This decision is not the result of any deals, but of deep personal contemplations and discussions with my supporters. Many voters made it clear to me that they appreciate the guidance a How to Vote card can offer. It is patently also the case that, when reviewing the major parties’ policies on critical policy areas, they are not created equal, particularly on the following issues:

    • Climate repair is the biggest issue confront our country and the world, with urgent action required to stave off catastrophe. The Morrison Joyce Government is full of climate deniers and has made a virtue of the fact it proposes to do nothing to reduce carbon emissions and to ensure it remains business as usual for the fossil fuel industry. Over the course of the campaign, members of the Government have explicitly stated that they are not committed to the 2050 Net Zero Emissions target.
    • The Government’s proposed model for a National Integrity Commission is a sham at best, and at worst it has the potential to actually decrease scrutiny of our politicians. Scott Morrison has subsequently revealed that establishing even his own Government’s excuse of a model would not be a priority if re-elected. He is now claiming a robust Integrity Commission puts us at risk of “public autocracy” (whatever that means).
    • The Government has consistently acted to enrich its donors and other allies at the expense of ordinary people. Whether Paladin, Canstruct, Aspen Medical, Empire Energy, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Whitehaven or any of the countless other corporate organisations the Government has prioritised above the community, the convergence of dirty money, corrupted policy development processes and poor policy outcomes is of grave concern to the wider community.

Not only does the Morrison Joyce Government not deserve re-election, another three years of it endangers our future.

I want more for our country than the Government offers and believe it is incumbent on all of us to do everything we can to ensure a change of Government and allow us to reset Canberra’s current toxic politics.

Despite my strong criticism of many of Labor’s policy positions, or, in some cases, their absence of policy positions entirely, I am aware that this decision will likely lead to another wave of attacks from the Government and their allies claiming I’m a “Labor stooge”. To me, that will only demonstrate that they are incapable of understanding that there are many Australians outside of the Labor Party who do not support Scott Morrison and what his Government represents.

My hope is that the voters of Boothby will elect me as their member to join a crossbench full of brilliant Independent MPs, re-elected and new, that will hold the balance of power and render my preferences irrelevant.

Suggested preference flows on ‘How to Vote’ cards are just that – a suggestion. I’ve every confidence that any Boothby voter discerning enough to put a ‘1’ next to my name will know exactly to whom they wish to direct their preferences in the clearly unthinkable event I’m eliminated early.

For those wondering, Anthony Albanese is in his electorate of Grayndler this morning, while Scott Morrison is back in Perth.

The time difference means it could be some time before we hear from the PM today.

Both leaders are focused on the economy.

Calla Wahlquist has taken a look at Kooyong:

Josh Frydenberg is in trouble, and he knows it. Three weeks before polling day, billboards asking voters to “keep Josh” started appearing in his Melbourne electorate of Kooyong.

At a forum hosted by Sky News on Thursday, the treasurer said the billboards were a reminder to voters that if they like him they should vote for him, regardless of their frustrations with the broader Liberal party:

“People need to know that if they want to keep me as the local member but they may have an issue with something that the Liberal party has said or done, and they want to give us a kick for that, at the end of the day that may not leave me as the local member,” he says. “Which is, of course, not what I want.”

The corflute war continues:

NSW reports seven Covid deaths and Victoria nine deaths

Katharine Murphy and Josh Butler covered off Anthony Albanese’s Q+A appearance for those who missed it:

Anthony Albanese has bemoaned the fact the 2022 campaign is more focused on “soundbites rather than philosophies and values” – a trend he says is alienating voters and boosting support for political disrupters.

The Labor leader appeared solo on the ABC’s Q+A program on Thursday night to field questions from the audience, while Scott Morrison fronted another program on Sky News at the same time.

On the hustings earlier on Thursday, the Labor leader was initially unable to list the six points of his party’s plan to improve the national disability insurance scheme, and was later handed briefing notes by an adviser.

It did seemingly cheer up Andrew Bragg though:

Well, I’m always an optimist, and I think what the campaign has revealed that the prime minister is a much more substantial person than Mr Albanese. He knows the information, he knows the policies, he knows the key stats.

I agree that the Australian people are over gotcha moments, but if you want to be prime minister, you into he had to know the basic stats are, you need to know what the unemployment rate is because that is the key indicator because we want to see more Australians in jobs and that has happened under us, so I’m optimistic.

Anika Wells, Labor’s MP for Lilley, was asked on the ABC about Anthony Albanese’s stumble over Labor’s NDIS policy yesterday and said:

I’m glad that we are talking about the NDIS. I think it is good to have more attention on the NDIS and our policy to try to fix it because constituents talk about this all the time, on the doors, call our office every day and they are desperate for someone to do something. They’ve had their funding cut. Families in Australia have to fight their own government in the AAT to get the packages that they deserve of. They just want someone to fix it.

They know that Albo has a plan to do that, that spokesperson to do that and more discussion about whether Scott Morrison or Albo has a plan for the NDIS, that is a good thing.

Anika Wells with Anthony Albanese at the head of the May Day march in Brisbane on Monday. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

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