Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanian Compete for Climate and Border Protection

It also featured viewers’ statements in a “pub test” broadcast by an audience of 25 voters in hotels in the electorate of Bass, Boothby, Chisholm, Hasluck, Lilley, Macquarie and Solomon.

As for border protection, Albanian said he would adopt the boat-turning measures put in place by Morrison after the 2013 elections as immigration minister and would ensure that asylum seekers arriving by boat would never be granted a visa to enter Australia. to enter.

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‘You know what we need in this country? We need leadership willing to accept a good idea and
accept something that works when it’s obvious,” he said.

“And the truth is, the truth is that turning the boat back has worked, I said we support it. We send that message clearly. None of those policies will change under a Labor government.”

Morrison argued in response that Labor could not be trusted because Albanians did not know how tough the decisions in government should be.

“He doesn’t know all the circumstances you will face when you implement this policy,” he said.

“What I know is that my team knows how to do it, did it, we know what to expect and we know how to deal with it.”

Albanian said this was just an argument for “the same for another three years” because it meant no change.

Anthony Albanese says he has more experience than former Labor leaders Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke had when she took office.

Anthony Albanese says he has more experience than former Labor leaders Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke had when she took office.Credit:Lukas Cocho

On the gender pay gap, Albanian pledged more money for childcare and an overhaul of universal childcare to encourage women in the workforce, while Morrison said the government funded skills and apprenticeships for women.

Asked about the status of Alan Tudge, who stood down as education minister late last year, Morrison said he would remain a minister and would return to portfolio after the election.

Morrison said he could not comment further on the minister’s behavior because a financial settlement had not been reached with his former press secretary, but Albanian called for greater transparency over reports of a settlement worth more than $500,000.

The leaders avoided fierce combative remarks about each other, but Albanian used the debate to tell voters that the prime minister had a key characteristic of being late to act in emergencies, such as the wildfires two years ago, and tried to blame others. to admit of his mistakes.

“Every time this prime minister faces challenges, he blames the states, consistently blames someone else,” he said.

Morrison responded with a warning that Albanian was an “armchair critic” rather than a leader.

“We still don’t know how he would run the economy. Three weeks ago, he still didn’t know what the unemployment rate was, let alone the cash rate,” he said.

“We are dealing with a Labor Party leader who is good at criticizing, good at pointing out problems, but he has no solutions for them and more importantly, he does not know how to pay for them. †

Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison.Credit:Mick Tsikas

On wages, Albanian backed its support for a 5.1 percent increase in the minimum wage, while Morrison warned it would drive up costs and lead to job losses.

“If Mr Albanian thinks that small businesses across the country can raise their payroll by 5 percent on top of everything else they face and see they can get through it, people won’t worry about what their pay is, they will worry about having a job,” he said.

When Riley asked both leaders if they would make commitments that families would be able to watch sports on free-to-air television instead of pay television, the Labor leader said “yes”, but the prime minister spoke of raising the issue after the election. to revise.

The Seven Network audience rating of the “pub test” judged Albanian to be the winner at 50 percent, compared with 34 percent for Morrison and 16 percent undecided.

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