Leaders of the major political parties have delivered their final pitches ahead of Saturday’s election but they have entirely different messages for voters.
Labor’s Bill Shorten chose to speak at Bowman Hall in Sydney, the same place Gough Whitlam delivered the ‘It’s Time’ address in 1972, because he wanted to speak at a place “that means something to Labor and Australia”.
He focused on the issues he believed the nation was struggling with — stagnant wages, penalty rates, job insecurity, health care and child care costs were a few — and placed a strong emphasis on the working class and the environment.
The Labor leader pushed the importance of tackling the new challenge of the denial of climate change and lack of action that was “threatening our environment, our economy and our children’s futures.”
Shorten closed his address with a final plea and push for people to vote for change, “my fellow Australians, the door to a better, bolder, and more equal and exciting future stands ajar. Do we have the capacity to push through it?”
“And for the health of or environment, for the qualities of our lives, for the ambitions of our children, vote for change.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered his final speech at the National Press Club focusing primarily on strengthening Australia’s economy.
Morrison said the Liberal party aims to create 1.45 million new jobs, including 250,000 jobs for young people over the next five years as well as 250,000 new, small, family-owned businesses.
The Liberal party aims to increase funding for essential services such as hospitals, schools and roads to “guarantee the essentials that Australians rely on to keep them safe.”
Morrison also focused on tax relief for families and small businesses, and the securing of Australian borders.
Morrison consistently mocked Bill Shorten’s ‘It’s time’ catchphrase throughout his final speech and finished on “elect me and not Bill Shorten as your Prime Minister so I can continue to get on with my job and you can get on with your job”.