2018 has come and gone. And if you followed along with the political shenanigans in Canberra, it may have left a bit of bad aftertaste.
Now, at the crux of a new year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed the government can, and will, do better.
According to AAP, in his New Year’s Day message, Morrison has pledged to Australians that his government ‘will grab 2019 by the “scruff of its neck” and make it a winning year for all.’
The PM also urged Australians to spend time with friends and family, and to enjoy the summer break, as well as telling people to relish the year.
Morrison’s pledge to make the year a winner for all
In a statement on Tuesday, he said:
‘My job, our government’s job, is to prepare Australia for any opportunity and eventuality. It’s to grab the year by the scruff of its neck and make it a winner for all of us’.
Mr Morrison also noted that the nation’s diversity should not only be protected, but celebrated, as ‘it’s key to who we are’.
‘We aren’t just a country where if you have a go, you get a go … it’s a country where differences are respected and indeed, they are celebrated’.
The PM also stated that we are entering 2019 with a stronger economy than seen in past years, and the first budget surplus in over 10 years.
Mr Morrison has also noted that this year is of great importance to Australians and one of choice, as we expect the next federal election before the end of May.
‘As we go to this year’s election you will see there will be a clear choice to protect what you have and to ensure that you can seize the opportunities what you want for you and your family and we’ll be right there to back you in’.
Shorten reflected on the hardships of 2018
Labor and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had a slightly different take in his New Year’s Day message. He used his to reflect the hardships of 2018. Especially for Australian farmers struck by drought, as well as the terror some cities faced in the past year.
‘In the face of disaster our people stood strong, in the shadow of evil our communities held together and when times were toughest, neighbours and strangers could count on each other’.
Mr Shorten also stated that the now was the time to make improvements in politics, after claiming that Australians had reason for feel let down in 2018.
‘In 2019, all of us who have the remarkable privilege to serve in the federal parliament have a responsibility to do better, to rebuild faith in our democracy’.
The Labor leader also thanked those who had to work during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. He also ‘wished Australians a safe and happy start to 2019.’
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