Australia cannot afford Clive Palmer's three-year term calling the shots, Shorten says | News in Australia


Bill Shorten will target Clive Palmer during his final appeal to the undecided Western Australian voters on Wednesday, declaring that the controversial business man will appear in Canberra with "a political IOU almost as big as his ego" if voters present a protest vote with the United Australia party on May 18th.

As the campaign accelerates in the last week, Shorten will hit the troops in Perth, visiting three seats, a visit that drags Scott Morrison, who made a brief final appeal to voters to the west earlier in the week.

In a speech on Wednesday, Shorten will ask voters to do what they did at the last state elections – "reject the Liberal-One Nation alliance and choose a responsible and reforming Labor government".

With Labor strategists worried about Palmer's uprising, financed by the saturation of advertising, he is undermining Labor's efforts to judge swinging voters while the polling day looms, and depressing the party's primary vote, Shorten will attack the record corporate affairs, stating that "it is not just the workers who suffer and the employers run and hide from paying their rights".

"When people like Clive Palmer play the rules with speed and ease – and the truth – they insult all the workers they owe money to," Shorten would say. "He is insulting all Australian taxpayers who are actually subsidizing his billboards and text messages and his endless and baseless TV commercials, and is also laughing at all the companies that do the right thing by their employees.

"This is just one of the many reasons why Australia can't afford Clive Palmer's three-year term calling the shots in a Morrison government."

The high-turnover Labor television advertisement before the pre-survey blackout is targeting Palmer and tying him, through the preferential agreement with the liberals, to the "chaos" coalition.

A Facebook account linked to the United Australia party paid to make an announcement for the Queensland LNP. Some questions have been raised about the overlap of the Liberal campaign with the UAP, with emerging images of liberals distributing UAP campaign materials, including Dunkley's marginal seat.

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With Shorten pointing to Palmer, Morrison stepped up the focus on Labor's economic policies as the campaign moves towards its conclusion. The liberal leader has intensified its attacks on the negative changes in the Labor Party, declaring that the planned revision will depress housing prices and increase rents.

Morrison used the launch of Sunday's Liberal Party campaign to unveil a new housing policy aimed at the first home buyers and used the positive announcement of the Coalition as a framework to intensify negative attacks on Labor policy.

The liberal leader has campaigned in northern Tasmania on Tuesday and will continue his appeal in the marginal state polls on Wednesday morning before returning to the mainland.

Morrison is in the process of making a final address for the campaign at the Canberra National Press Club on Thursday, and new opinion polls taking the temperature of the contest are expected later in the week.

The last indent of the leaders arrives while the Australian Medical Association will publish its evaluation of health policy announcements by major parties during the campaign on Wednesday. The Guardian Essential poll indicates that health is the most important issue for voters in the 2019 election, followed by national security and the economy.

The president of the AMA, Tony Bartone, said the offers were a mixture. He said there were welcome announcements from the Coalition, Labor and Greens, but there were also "some obvious omissions or significant underfunding in some key areas, especially the care for the elderly, mental health , rural health and prevention ".

"While new funding and policies are welcome, it is disappointing that no party has set a global vision for the long-term future of the health system," said Bartone. "There is no complete and coordinated plan to combat the increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases and to address the complex health needs of the growing and aging Australian population.

"There is no vision that articulates coordination, collaboration and efficiency in the entire health system.

"There is no real recognition of the importance of adequately financing preventive health measures, and both main parties have just begun to provide adequate resources and strengthen primary care guided by general medicine".