Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today pledged to show more empathy if he wins re-election, as his government continues to monitor the opposition Labor party a week before the general election.
Australians will head to the polls on May 21, with recent polls showing Prime Minister Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition is on track to lose to centre-left Labour, ending nine years of Conservative rule.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose standing with voters has declined since mid-2020, acknowledged Friday that he was a “bulldozer” but said he would change after the election.
Continuing that theme today, he told reporters on the campaign trail in Melbourne that as prime minister the most important thing was to “get the job done”, but promised in the future to “explain my motives and my concerns and give me a lot more input.” to live”.
Among the criticisms of Prime Minister Morrison during his tenure was his handling of wildfires that killed 24 people and left thousands homeless, and his response to shortages of COVID-19 vaccines and subsequent rapid antigen testing.
When asked why he waited until the last week of the campaign to tell voters he would change, Morrison said: “I’ve been listening to people carefully.”
Labor leader Anthony Albanese campaigned in Darwin today, announcing that if elected, he would spend $750 million ($520 million) to bolster Australia’s universal health care system.
Labor pledges a “Reinforcement Medicare Fund” to boost the scheme and address what it believes was a crisis in care delivered by GPs across the country.
“Universal health care is something that is being created by Labor, Labor will always defend it and Labor will always strengthen it,” Albanian told reporters.
The party sees its protection of Australia’s cherished Medicare system as a key differentiator between it and the government, which has campaigned vigorously on claims of superior economic governance and national security.
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