Morrison Spruiks Apprenticeships, Shorten Pledges Hospital Funding As Election Continues
Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten are talking up jobs and hospitals, as the first weekend of election campaign continues.
Scott Morrison hit the streets of Queensland on day four of the election campaign, talking up jobs for young people as the coalition battles to hold onto crucial marginal seats.
The prime minister met with success stories from a government program to help people get skills and work experience while campaigning in Brisbane.
While the PaTH program has faced heavy criticism due to low engagement from small businesses, ScoMo championed the initiative after promising to create a quarter of a million jobs for people aged 15 to 24 over five years.
A re-elected coalition government would also pour $58 million into ten training hubs in areas of high youth unemployment.
The government released the location of the hubs on Sunday after announcing them in the budget earlier in the month.
After leaving a Redcliffe cafe -- and his breakfast behind -- Morrison hit the markets outside with Petrie MP Luke Howarth.
Howarth is in danger of losing his seat which he holds by a margin of 1.7 percent.
There was children to meet and dogs to pat including Mouse, a 68kg Saint Bernard which timidly dealt with the spotlight's glare.
The prime minister's wife Jenny joined him on the campaign trail for the second day in a row, as one man urged him to ensure there was stability in government.
"That's what has to f***ing change," the man said, before apologising and cracking the prime minister up.
Queensland is a crucial election battleground, with the coalition facing a tough battle to retain its 21 of the state's 30 seats.
Almost 10 LNP-held marginal scalps are in Labor's sights.
Sunday's jobs pledge is part of the coalition's budget commitment to 80,000 new apprenticeships through a $525 million skills package.
Labor has pledged $1 billion for TAFE and apprentices, ensuring 150,000 Australians will go to TAFE with no upfront fees, and an additional 100,000 apprenticeships.
Meanwhile, Labor leader Bill Shorten is about and about in Sydney on Sunday, talking up his party's health funding and promising an extra $2.8 billion above the coalition.
Labor argues the coalition has ripped up the 50/50 funding agreement, meaning public hospitals will lose $2.8 billion from now until 2025. Shorten is promising to put all that money back in.
"As part of the Better Hospitals Fund, Labor will negotiate a new agreement with the states and territories to deliver more funding for public hospitals," he said on Sunday.
Shorten will address a NSW volunteer rally in Burwood in the Liberal-held seat of Reid.
The Labor leader has visited Reid several times already, as Labor bids to win the seat from retiring MP Craig Laundy.