Scott Morrison reveals pension policy in final pitch to voters

Meanwhile, Albanian will announce a $1 billion advanced production package on Sunday and address a party gathering in Brisbane.

The rally will have a heavy focus on Queensland in a last-ditch effort to claim crucial rocking seats in the sunny state. However, strategists on both sides believe that voters in Queensland cannot switch hands.

Ahead of Sunday’s campaign launch, four leading Liberal MPs and party strategists, who asked not to be named so they could discuss the government’s electoral prospects, said it was becoming increasingly difficult to see how the government could win 76 seats and to form a majority government.

The quartet all said victory was still possible with a week left in the campaign, but suggested the coalition should look to one or two cross-benchers to form a government.

Internally, a “briefing war” is underway within the coalition, with people in Morrison’s centre-right faction giving a more optimistic view of the government’s prospects – including that outer suburban seats like McEwen in Victoria and Greenway in NSW still stand a chance. to go to the liberals.

But MPs from the moderate and conservative factions are more downbeat, suggesting seats including Reid, Bennelong, Chisholm and Boothby will fall for Labour, a view echoing that of ALP strategists, who also include North Sydney, Swan and Pearce in WA believe, and Brisbane’s Queensland seat are line-ball.

All the liberals who have spoken to? The Sun Herald and The Sunday Era agreed that Parramatta, in NSW, and Corangamite, in Victoria, were still in play and could be won by the government.

A Liberal MP, a Conservative, said Tasmania and Queensland still looked good for the government, with a good chance no seats would change hands, but “NSW and WA are not very confident”.

Asked about the Prime Minister’s “bulldozer” strategy, the MP said “there is no doubt that people are more than Scott”, but the government’s handling of the economy was still positive.
A second Conservative MP said: “We’re okay in the suburbs, the concern is about the teals” [independent candidates]†

“We’re not there yet with Corangamite, but we’re OK, McEwen is in the ‘really good day’ category. But NSW is the concern”.

Bulldozer was a signal to the undecided voters who are grumpy with the prime minister but not sold on Albo. Will it overcome the grumpiness? It’s not clear.”

A liberal moderate said the contest was tighter than national polls suggested and support for treasurer Josh Frydenberg was growing in Kooyong.

“We can lose Josh, but save.”

The coalition’s mixed messages follow 48 hours of Morrison trying to convince voters that he would change his “bulldozer” approach amid the pandemic if he won the election.

When a reporter in Melbourne asked him why now was the time to change, Morrison said: “I’ve been listening to people.”

Morrison said the pandemic meant he and the government had to be “in gear to press ahead”.

“And that was necessary to ensure that Australia could not just get through this pandemic [but to] make a lot of decisions and make a lot of decisions quickly,” he said.

“I’ve had to make decisions, not all of which are popular and not all of which people agree with and not on every opportunity… because we are dealing with a global pandemic and we had to act quickly. And we had to arrange everything as best we could.

“And as a government, I look forward to shifting the gears of our government to secure the opportunities ahead. And that means we can connect more with local communities.”

Meanwhile, Labor’s pledge on Sunday of a new $1 billion advanced manufacturing fund will give companies access to capital to diversify their operations and take advantage of new research and development opportunities.

It comes from Labour’s $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund.

“Labor believes that Australia can become a country that will make things right with national reconstruction focused on advanced manufacturing and creating local jobs for the next generation,” Albanian said.

“The Advanced Manufacturing Fund is part of Labor’s commitment to ensure we build on our national strengths and diversify Australia’s industrial base in key areas.”

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