Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today vowed to be more empathetic if he wins re -election, as his government continues to follow Labor Party opposition a week before the general election.
Australians went to the polls on May 21, with a recent poll showing PM Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition was on track to lose to center-left Labor, ending nine years of conservative government.
PM Scott Morrison, whose position with voters has declined since mid -2020, admitted on Friday as a “bulldozer” but said he would change after the election.
He continued the theme today, telling reporters on the campaign trail in Melbourne that what was most important as prime minister was to “get the job done”, but promised to “clarify my motives and concerns and be more empathetic” in the future.
Among the criticisms of PM Morrison during his tenure were that he handled a bushfire that killed 24 people and caused thousands to lose their homes, and his response to the lack of the COVID-19 vaccine and then rapid antigen testing.
Asked why he waited until the last week of the campaign to tell voters that he would change, Morrison said: “I’ve listened carefully to the public”.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese campaigned today in Darwin where he announced that, if elected, he would spend A $ 750 million ($ 520 million) to strengthen Australia’s universal healthcare scheme.
Labor promised “Strengthening Medicare Funds” to boost the scheme and address what it claims is a crisis in care provided by general practitioners across the country.
“Universal health care is something that is a Labor invention, Labor will always defend it and Labor will always strengthen it,” Albanese told reporters.
The party sees its protection of Australia’s valued Medicare system as a key differentiator between it and the government, which has campaigned vigorously on demands for superior economic management and national security.
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