Surrounded by tin cans, the prime minister begins his bid for re-election, focusing on manufacturing, but the second day will be all about creating jobs.
Mr Morrison will be in Sydney on Tuesday to demonstrate his election promise to create 1.3 million new jobs over the next five years.
The jobs pledge will be supported by investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and digital sectors to create more opportunities for workers.
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Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese will announce medical aid for regional patients early in the day in Tasmania.
If elected, the government of Albany would restore a 50 percent regional loading for bulk-bill telehealth psychiatric counseling.
This commitment is expected to cost more than $31 million over four years, and support 450,000 consultations during that period – or more than 1.4 million appointments over 10 years.
During a visit to a canning company in regional NSW on Monday, Mr Morrison pressed the start button on a special election label and watched as hundreds of blue cans rolled off the conveyor belt to “Scomo’s strong economy”.
But it was not all pleasant as a group of locals wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying guitars clarified their feelings about the prime minister.
“Be fair, dinkum. If you’re going to take credit for things, start taking action,” said Vincentia resident Bob.
Mr Albanese will try to hold back the first day of his campaign after being unable to cite the Reserve Bank of Australia’s cash interest rate or the national unemployment rate during a media conference in Launceston.
But former Prime Minister John Howard didn’t see what the fuss was about.
“Anthony Albanese Didn’t Know the Unemployment Rate? So What?” He said while campaigning with Ken Wyatt, Minister of Indigenous Affairs in Western Australia.
Mr Albanese later took ownership of Gough, saying he was “happy” for his mistakes.
Labor’s Bill Shorten said their leader was not the first to make a mistake and will not be the last.
“This election … it’s a leadership test, not a memory test,” he told the Nine Network on Tuesday.
But Mr Shorten admitted it was a mistake Mr Albanese did not want to make, especially on the first full day of the campaign for the 21 May federal election.
“But I also know that in 42 days, there’s going to be a lot of spills and adventures and good days and bad days,” he said.
Mr Morrison’s own unemployment rate drop in mid-March, which received little media attention at the time, has reappeared.
The prime minister incorrectly stated that the unemployment figure at the time was 4.3 percent, forcing his office to correct the rate – which stood at 4.2 percent – after it was placed in transcript.
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