Online Trolls Could Face Jail Under Government's Tough New Laws
The first law passed after the upcoming federal election would lock in extra tax cuts proposed by the coalition, if Scott Morrison wins the poll.
The prime minister has laid out his legislative priorities for Australia's next parliament, with shoring up promised tax relief topping the list.
"It is your money and you should get to keep more of what you earn," he says.
Security measures also rank highly in the Liberal-National team's plans, with the coalition eager to pass a law that would delay people who have been fighting abroad with terrorist links from returning to Australia.
Making it easier to strip foreign fighters of their Australian citizenship is also a priority.
A spate of bills locking in funding promised in last month's federal budget would also be addressed quickly.
They include $528 million for a royal commission into violence against people with a disability, $737 million for more mental health services over seven years and $525 million to upgrade the nation's vocational education system.
Farmers would also get some attention, through stronger laws to protect them from trespassing by animal activists, and the locking-in of a proposed drought relief fund.
The prime minister, who will begin Sunday in Sydney, has also unveiled a plan to crack down on social media trolls, bringing penalties for poor behaviour on the web more in line with those for offline crime.
Under the measures, people found guilty of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence would be jailed for up to five years, instead of three.
New offences would also be created, capturing people who provide electronic services to facilitate dealings with child abuse material, and those who groom third parties using the post or a carriage service, to procure children for sexual activity.
'No one should be subjected to vile abuse and harassment whether they are in the online or offline world," Morrison said.
The leader spent Saturday in the seat of Forde in Brisbane's south, which Liberal National Party member Bert van Manen has held since 2010.
He pledged $100 million in extra cash for health services and spoke with young families about Labor's proposed reforms to housing tax breaks, telling them they would be worse off under the changes.
Morrison also dismissed the suggestion that he should have acted differently in a debate with Labor rival Bill Shorten on Friday.
Shorten accused the prime minister of being a "space invader" during a heated discussion over the opposition's tax proposals, when the two got too close for Shorten's comfort.
"I was simply trying encourage him to tell the truth and to look me in the eye and tell me the truth and he couldn't do that either," Morrison said.