Opinion polls still indicate that Labor will eke out a victory in Saturday’s federal election. But as the campaign enters the last stretch, the race is closing.
And Prime Minister Scott Morrison is hoping his day-long blitz across three key states will tip the balance back into the Coalition’s favour.
Kicking off in Adelaide, ScoMo will complete a cross-country campaign promising a bright future for the next four years. At his first stop, he will be supporting Liberal MP Nicole Flint in the fight to retain her marginal seat of Boothby.
During his second stop in Geelong, he will be standing aside junior minister Sarah Henderson for the battle of Corangamite.
Finally, he will be heading to Tasmania, pursuing the swing seat of Braddon from Labor MP Justine Keay.
Morrison is the ‘Man Next Door’
With the latest Newspoll seeing Labor and Liberal close to neck and neck, it’s up to Mr Morrison to tip the scales back into the Liberal’s favour.
During the second stop of his tour, Mr Morrison will be promising the creation of 350 new jobs through the military weapons contract for the Australian Army.
‘We will build and maintain them in Geelong, drawing on the large manufacturing skills base in the region,’ he said on Tuesday.
Next, Tasmanians will hear a promise of $40 million to be put towards road safety and traffic congestion on a troublesome stretch of the Bass Highway
But whether it will be enough to sway voters away from the promise of greener Australia, under Labor’s flawed but popular climate change scheme, we will have to wait and see.
During the past five weeks, Mr Morrison has made an effort not to turn his campaign events into crazed events. But Western Australian minister Michaelia Cash decided the prime minister deserved otherwise, with Australian flags and blue balloons filling a Sydney pub for one of his events.
The battle of the ‘rock stars’
AAP has described Cash as embodying a game host as she gave her boss a ‘rock star’ introduction.
And not even a few faulty microphones and smashed beer glasses could quiet Mr Morrison, as he gave his rallying cry.
Although Cash was quick to praise her boss, it seems Mr Morrison is competing for the title of Australia’s ‘rock star’ prime minister — with Bill Shorten receiving a welcome from crowds of screaming teenage girls from St Joseph’s Catholic School, in East Gosford NSW.
Girls fought for selfies with the opposition leader, and fussed about their interactions with him.
Whether Morrison’s presentation to the Australian public of being, what Paul Keating has called, ‘the man next door’, is enough will be decided this weekend.
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