When voters head to the ballot box on Saturday, they’ll be deciding between two very different visions for Australia’s future.
Targeting the large group of as-yet undecided voters, current Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten are pitching their highly contrasting visions on government spending and taxation.
Liberal: why fix what isn’t broken?
The Australian Associated Press reports that Morrison will make his final campaign speech today at the National Press Club in Canberra.
Morrison intends to highlight the coalition’s selling factor of a strong focus on economic growth, emphasising their ability to pull the Aussie federal budget into a surplus for the first time in over a decade.
And in true fighting spirit, Morrison will also double down on Labor’s ‘big taxing, big spending’ agenda that comes at a time ‘when Australians can least afford the bill that they will be forced to pay, not just over the next three years, but at least the next decade.’
‘This week is about focusing Australians on that choice and the price of that choice,’ he has said.
Thus, at the core of Morrison’s last address to the nation, the Prime Minister is expected to say that ‘now is not the time to turn back’, referring to a reversion to a Labor-run government.
‘Now is the time to get on and keep on with the work of building our economy by backing in the choices Australians are wanting to make every day and to enable them to plan for their future with confidence.’
Labor: a vote for (no loose) change
Simultaneously, Shorten will idealise a completely alternate vision for the future of Australia which centres on a complete upheaval of current practices.
Emphasising that Labor is, above all else, a ‘vote for change’, Shorten has intentionally chosen the same venue where Gough Whitlam’s ‘It’s Time’ speech was held in 1972.
Meanwhile, the opposition leader will deliver a speech in Sydney, at the same venue used by Gough Whitlam in 1972 for his famous It’s Time address. Whitlam was elected shortly after this address, making him the first Labor prime minister in 23 years.
Shorten plans to draw connections between that election and today’s election, to show that there is a ‘generational decision’ facing voters.
As such, Labor will attract the young with his major focus on climate change, parading his ‘united and stable’ team in front of a ‘coalition of chaos’.
Naturally, the negative effects Labor’s tax plans will have on the retirees and well-established family business leaders will not take centre stage…because that generation clearly isn’t part Labor’s future image.
Campaign cut short by early voters
While Election Day is this weekend, nearly a third of voters have already flocked the booths. That’s around 4.5 million people who have either sought a postal ballot or lodged a pre-poll vote, according to AAP.
It looks like 2016’s early voting record of 31% will be beaten this time around. Clearly, Australia just wants this over and done with.
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