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Australian federal election: Anthony Albanese makes his pitch to voters as polling date is announced

Anthony Albanese leans on his troubled childhood in a housing commission flat as he urges voters not to listen to Scott Morrison’s claim that labor is a ‘risk’ and outlines his vision for Australia’s future

  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison called federal elections for May 21 on Sunday
  • Anthony Albanese gave a speech shortly after the voting date was announced
  • Opposition leader outlined his vision for Australia, including cheaper childcare
  • He promised investments in renewable energy and an anti-corruption commission

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has made his pitch to become Australia’s new prime minister as he outlines his vision for the country’s future.

In his first speech since Scott Morrison called federal elections for May 21, Mr Albanian pledged Sunday to provide cheaper childcare, invest more in renewable energy and set up an anti-corruption commission.

Mr Albanian urged voters to ignore the Prime Minister’s claims that labor is a risk to the economy, taking a small dive into Mr Morrison’s infamous trip to Hawaii during the Black Summer wildfires from 2019-2020.

“I won’t go missing when the going gets tough. I will accept the responsibility that comes with a high position,” he said.

“I will lead a government that pays back and rewards your hard work.

Australian federal election Anthony Albanese makes his pitch to voters

Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese says Labor outlined its vision for Australia in a speech after federal elections were called

“A government that reflects the decency, compassion and courage of the Australian people.

“I am humbled to put myself forward as Prime Minister of this great nation.”

Mr. Albanese spoke of the insight he developed during his difficult childhood growing up in a housing commission flat with his single mother.

‘I grew up not far from here in Sydney and social housing, the son of a single mother. I learned the value of a dollar, I learned the importance of resilience,” he said.

“But I also learned about the power of community and the power of government to make a difference in people’s lives.

“That experience of overcoming adversity and fulfilling my mother’s dreams of building a better life that she enjoyed, it got me into politics and it’s what drives me today.”

On Sunday, Mr Morrison ended weeks of uncertainty by visiting Governor General David Hurley to announce his decision to dissolve parliament and embark on a six-week campaign.

After speaking at a press conference in Parliament House, the prime minister urged voters to stick with his “imperfect government” over the devil they don’t know.

“(The) Labor opposition that has been so focused on politics in recent years that they still can’t tell you what they do, who they are, what they believe in and what they stand for,” Morrison said.

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Scott Morrison urged voters to stick with the ‘imperfect’ government they know as they head to the polls in May

But Mr Albanese, who has a degree in economics, later rejected Mr Morrison’s claims.

†[This is] the most experienced incoming Labor government in history,” said Mr Albanian.

“If you look at some of Mr Morrison’s downright absurd attacks, they just don’t make sense.

‘One of them is about my experience. My experience is that I have been acting Prime Minister, I am Deputy Prime Minister, I chaired the Parliamentary Affairs Committee for six years.

“So every piece of legislation that passed under Rudd and Gillard’s governments, I chaired.”

Labor has consistently led the polls since June 2021 and currently holds a 55 percent preference vote of the two parties.

Anthony Albanese, pictured with his mother Maryanne Therese Albanese, grew up in a flat in Sydney

Anthony Albanese, pictured with his mother Maryanne Therese Albanese, grew up in a flat in Sydney

The coalition starts the race with 76 seats from the 151 seat lower house, with Labor at 69 if Hawke’s new seat in Victoria is considered a win.

In a semi-senate election, forty seats in the upper house are in the making.

Both leaders are being tipped to launch their campaigns in regional parts of the country where fringe seats are up for grabs or need to be defended.

There are concerns that the campaigns could be derailed by Covid-19, but steps have been taken to minimize the chance of outbreaks.

More to come.

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