Bill Shorten Visited A Random Home For A Kitchen-Bench Chat
Scott Morrison kicked off his election campaign by visiting the Governor-General. Bill Shorten started his by visiting a family at their kitchen bench.
The Labor leader and his deputy Tanya Plibersek rolled into a suburban home in the Melbourne suburb of Mitcham on Thursday morning.
Just hours after Morrison visited the GG and made a formal announcement at Parliament House, the opposition leadership team chatted about hot cross buns and Mars Bar slices with a young family.
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While most people are worried enough about cleaning up their house before a solitary friend comes over, the couple seemed pretty at ease with the potential future Prime Minister and the national news media rolling into their home with a hundred cameras in tow.
In Shorten's first public comments since Morrison finally dropped the hammer and called the election date, he set out his campaign priorities with a press conference from the home's backyard.
"The case to vote Labor is we will deliver more jobs, better health and education. Take real action on climate change and renewable energy and help push energy prices down," Shorten said.
"We'll get on top of cost of living burdens and we'll get wages moving again in this country. We can manage the economy in the interests of working and middle class people. My team is united."
He laid the boot into the recent Liberal Party instability and in-fighting, trying to frame Labor as the choice for stability.
"Even our harshest critics can see we have been united for the past six years. And that's what Australians want -- one Prime Minister for three years, not a revolving door," Shorten said.
"This election is very straightforward. It is about being stuck in the past or a bright future and a positive view of what Australians can do together. It is about having a better deal for the future than the one we inherited from the past."
The last six years hasn't been Australia's finest six years.
"There has been instability, growing inequality, wages stagnation, everything going up but your wages, energy prices up, the cost of going to see the doctor or seeing a specialist, the cost has gone up. What we need to do is make sure this country is working in the interests of everyone, not just the top end of town."
The contrast between Morrison's formal announcement and Shorten's backyard press conference couldn't be starker, and the opposition leader said it was a deliberate choice.
"We made a conscious decision to start the 2019 campaign in the family lounge room of an everyday Australian family," he said.
"I choose better and cheaper treatment for cancer than bigger tax loopholes for multinationals or tax subsidies for the fortunate few. It is about choices. It is why we are here in a Middle East suburb of Melbourne, Mitcham. It is about Jackie and William Davis and their boys."
The negative tricks for the election kicked off almost immediately, with the Liberal Party organising a truck to drive around near the home bearing signage critical of Shorten.
Shorten has had his "Bill Bus" election campaign rolling around the country for some time, and the Liberal Party seem to be trying to hijack that hashtag with a vehicle of their own.
10 News First's Simon Love, on the scene at Shorten's suburban presser, reported that the truck had been doing laps near the Mitcham home.