Minutes After Turnbull Launch, ALP Releases Its Election Costings

The ALP has released its election costings, projecting that they would balance the Budget in 2020-21, the same year as the government.

The Opposition’s “Fiscal Plan” proposes $10.5 billion more savings than spending over the decade. However, the Budget bottom line will be $16.5 billion worse over the 4-year Forward Estimates.

The ALP says: “The more modest fiscal consolidation over the forward estimates of around 0.2 per cent of GDP per year (on average) is more than made up for by Labor’s structural savings over the medium term. Labor’s approach to budget management has fairness at its core, and will not seek to fix the Liberals’ budget mess by attacking family budgets. We will budget transparently and honestly.”

The costings were released in Sydney by the Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, and the Shadow Finance Minister, Tony Burke. The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, is in Gladstone. The release was announced during Prime Minister Turnbull’s campaign launch and took place at 1.00pm, shortly after Turnbull finished.

The costings document is shown below. [Read more…]


Get To Know Bill: ALP Election Advertisement

With just six days to the election, the ALP has released a “Get to know Bill” video on YouTube.

The video aims to humanise Shorten and stresses his understanding of people in distress. Amongst others, it features Brant Webb, one of the Tasmanian Beaconsfield miners buried underground for two weeks in 2006. [Read more…]


Bill Shorten Delivers ALP Policy Speech At Penrith Campaign Launch

Bill Shorten has delivered the ALP’s policy speech for the 2016 federal election.

ShortenPicture credit: image posted on Twitter by @AustralianLabor

Speaking in Penrith, in the western Sydney seat of Lindsay, Shorten gave a speech light on new promises but heavy on appeals to the Labor faithful. Defence of Medicare was a constant theme of the speech, with Shorten paying homage to former prime minister Bob Hawke’s role in establishing the scheme in 1983.

The proceedings began with a speech by Emma Husar, the ALP candidate for Lindsay. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek also spoke.
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ALP Ad: Labor’s Positive Plan For The Economy

With the official ALP campaign launch about to take place, the party has released an advertisement on the economy.

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The stage for the ALP’s campaign launch at Penrith. Picture credit: image posted on Twitter by @AustralianLabor

The ad features Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and it titled: Labor’s Positive Plan for the Economy. [Read more…]


Facebook Leaders’ Debate: Turnbull And Shorten

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have met in a Facebook leader’s debate for the federal election.

In a rushed 52 minutes, the two leaders took about a dozen questions and exchanged barbs on issues ranging from the economy to Medicare, same-sex marriage, the NBN and education.

ShortenPicture credit: Andrew Meares (Fairfax) – image posted on Twitter by @mearesy

The debate was moderated by Joe Hildebrand, on behalf of news.com.au. Around 12,000 people watched the live stream of the debate. It was also shown on Sky News. [Read more…]


Bill Shorten Appears On QandA

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has appeared on the ABC’s QandA program.

Shorten appeared solo at a venue in Penrith, in the electorate of Lindsay, currently held for the Liberal Party by Fiona Scott. The program was hosted by Tony Jones.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will apppear on the program next week.

The videos shown below were posted on YouTube by the ALP during the broadcast of the program. An email to ALP supporters following the program is also shown. [Read more…]


“Our Policy Is Clear” – Liberals Pounce On ALP’s Border Protection Dissension

The Liberal Party has seized on dissension in Labor ranks over offshore processing of asylum seekers.

The ALP candidate for Melbourne, Sophie Ismail, went on the record today as favouring bringing asylum seekers to Australia and processing them here. Melbourne is held for the Greens by Adam Bandt.

The Liberals released the advertisement shown below. It quotes Ismail and other comments by retiring WA MP Melissa Parke and Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh. The repeated “our policy is clear” comments from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are taken from his media conference today where he was questioned about Ismail’s comments. [Read more…]