In a political system dominated by two parties, as in Australia, it’s common to see both parties move towards the middle. They tend to do so until such moves cost more votes than they gain.
But the upcoming federal election offers Aussie voters the most disparate choices in 40 years.
According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the difference in economic policies between the two major parties in federal parliament are wider than they’ve been in four decades.
The PM is expected to express this sentiment in a speech at a business event in Sydney. He will also stress policy differences between Labor and the Coalition.
Biggest policy divide in 40 years
‘The contrast at this election between the economic plans of the coalition and Labor is greater than it has been for 40 years,’ Mr Morrison will tell the AFR Business Summit.
The PM also says that Shorten has shied away from opportunities in Australian trade, as he is hesitant to embrace free trade deals.
‘It is a decisive shift from the Hawke-Keating government’s pro-trade approach and longstanding bipartisanship on open trade.
‘A Shorten Labor government would not be a slightly more progressive version of the coalition government. It would be an economic leap in the dark.’
Labor wants budget for ‘ordinary Australians’
Labor finance spokesman, Jim Chalmers is also set to make a speech. He is calling on the government to shift its federal budget towards supporting ordinary Australians.
For the Coalition to do that, Chalmers will say that they need to acknowledge low wage growth; job insecurity and cost of living pressures.
‘Any budget handed down in less than four weeks’ time that doesn’t deal with the anxiety that permeates our suburbs isn’t worth the paper it’s written on,’ Mr Chalmers will tell the Committee for Melbourne.
The need for the Coalition to curb climbing debt in the 2 April budget and ensure forecasts are realistic will also be stressed by the Labor MP.
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