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(generated from captions) year. That is the latest from the business desk for now. I will be back next hour .A leading Indonesian academic says the Opposition Leader's plan to head off asylum seeker boats is offensive to his country. The strategy includes buying boats from fishermen. We will hear more about that story shortly but first let's take you live to Brisbane where the Government's Bill Shorten is speaking.... and to compare and contrast the Coalition's propositions around health care and what Labor has done and continues to do. Labor's put over a billion dollars into the Queensland Health system. Labor has put in hundreds of millions of dollars to help emergency departments, to help for the difficult diseases such
as cancer which are so challenging for human beings, for families, for people who have cancer. Labor has a good record. By contrast, there is plenty of concern with Queensland Health workers that the dreadful and vicious cuts that the LNP launched at a surprise after they won government, cutting 4,140 jobs, cutting billions of dollars out of the Queensland Health system, the concern for Queensland Health workers is they don't want to let Tony Abbott do to Australia's has
hospitals what Campbell Newman has done to Queensland's concern
hospitals. They are very concern ed the Coalition priorities are all wrong. They are concerned there is a $22 billion paid parental leave scheme which will benefit the few. They are concerned that there will be no means test on private health insurance which will again benefit the few. They are even concerned of this crazy cash for tinnies idea where the Coalition wants to pay for second-hand boats to finishmen from South East Asia. Health workers think priorities are all wrong. They understand a vote for Tony Abbott is a vote for cuts to health care, is a vote to the cut of quality of life in Queensland for some of the people who are most vulnerable. Happy to take questions.You only have 10 di days to turn the campaign around, can you do it? If Labor is able to have the conversations, to engage with voters, to talk about issues which are important to our standard of living, I think we can close the gap and succeed and prevail on September 7th.Are people listening? I believe that as the election draws closer, more and more people are engaging. Australians aren't silly. They understand that, on one hand, the Abbott government is saying a vote for us is a vote for other hand they
smaller government. On the other hand they say as part of the equation if you vote Coalition for smaller government is in fact bigger, expensive programs. If you have the ultimate outcome the Coalition is reducing services, if you have one of the ingredients they put in is not acting on climate change, not acting on a mining tax, is paying money into South East Asia for second-hand fishing boats, they all know - people aren't silly, they understand if you are adding expenses here and yet you say your overall target is smaller government, what's the missing ingredient in the middle? The missing ingredient in the middle is the Coalition, in order they Coalition, in order to do what
they say they cut jobs, can't they say they want to do has to cut jobs, can't promise the
same length cut jobs, can't schools funding, has to same length of commitment for schools funding, has health care. What underlines
that whole health care. that whole equation is what that happens when Conservative that whole equation is Governments get elected. Australia's got a bright future but the way we compete with the future is through investing in people, not cutting services. The way we make sure Australia has a positive future for our young generation, for our people looking forward to retirement, is you invest in better superannuation, in infrastructure. You realise what makes Australia have a bright future is growing the pie, not shrinking the pie. That's what they get. If we have that debate in the next 10 close
days, then it will be a very close election with every prospect that Labor's positive view about growing the pie in Australia, rather than cutting and shrinking and going after jobs, that we could well prevail.The Coalition wants to introduce a policy, a job commitment bonus for people who are long-term unemployed and do find and stay in work. Is that a good idea? I think the best way you help people to find work is to give them skills and training. Again, the Coalition I think don't quite get what it is to be long-term unemployed. What people need is they need the opportunity to be job-ready. They need the opportunity to Coalition say on one hand "We are worried about the long-term unemployed" but on the other hand they have committed to not continuing trade training centres. Everyone knows the jobs of the future require skills and training. The idea you say you are concerned about long-term unemployed yet cut trade training centres, which gives people the skills - what's crazy is the Coalition say after two years we will give you extra unemployed need the interview, to get their foot in the door. It is about supporting people's skills the other way which we sport for long-term unemployed, is support for employers to give people a chance. They are looking at how they can hand out dessert to the unemployed, we need to look at the entrie and main course. As usual, the Coalition's got a bandaid to deal with a much bigger issue.ICAC is handing down its report into NSW Labor, has Labor done enough to end this conduct in the union movement? ICAC's investigating - I don't think they are investigating industrial relations. In terms of ICAC, what has happened with those couple of Labor MPs is shocking, it is ridiculous, it is a betrayal of trust. I don't think it reflects the Labor cause and the Labor message in this election. Kevin Rudd has acted in a timely fashion, as soon as he became leader to do something about making sure people can have confidence in the Labor Party in NSW, but, again, ICAC is the independent watchdog and we fully support the recommendations they have been making and have done so.The NSW Labor now clean and is it worrying this report is the
coming out a few days before the Labor campaign? We are respecters of due process. It is up to ICAC its timetable and any recommendations ICAC has made, Kevin Rudd, Labor, have acted on and will continue to do so. Zero tolerance for that sort of behaviour. It is hopeless.You have been trying a tactic of linking Tony Abbott to Campbell Newman for weeks or months now, do you think it is working? It is doesn't have the desired effects on the poll? It is not a Campbell Newman was at Tony Abbott's launch. They are in the same political party. If you vote for Tony Abbott, you get Campbell Newman. If you are happy with his cuts to jobs, TAFE, schools, that's what you get with Tony Abbott. That's the good news. The problem is if you don't think reducing school funding is a good idea, if you don't think frontline health service is a good idea, if you don't think getting rid of jobs is a good idea, that's what you get when you get Tony Abbott. You get a Canberra version of Campbell Newman.Those warnings don't seem to have been having an effect on the polls, though. Could it be your government's on the nose more than Mr Newman's government is? No. What I believe is this election will be fought on the issues, not the personalities. Australians aren't silly. There is 15 million people going to go and vote. They will weigh up who has got the best the future. The who has got the best ideas the future. The case for Labor is the future. is we believe in a good and have new ways to build Australia. The NBN, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Better Schools, more jobs, more skills and training. That's our policy prescription. Simple points, straightforward. The Conservative proposition is the Coalition can tell you what they're against. Against a climate
mining tax, against action on climate change, trade training centres. The problem is that Tony Abbott has not articulated a positive agenda other the fact that he wants to provide millionaire paid parental leave, other than the fact that he wants to buy clapped out second-hand Indonesian fishing boats. That's not a plan. That's a mistake.A lot of people don't want to vote for Labor or Liberal. They have disdain, no respect for either side of the political parties. What do you say to those voters? Vote for Labor, give them another chance because they have the best policy. These people you are talking about probably have kids that go to schools in Queensland, they may aspire to re-enter the work force, they could benefit from the National Broadband Network. Leafing aside personalities, who has the substantial offerings which makes a material difference in the lives of ordinary people? We stand for better schools, more skills and training, a National Disability Insurance Scheme, better superannuation, the creation and main of good - maintenance the creation and of good - maintenance of good jobs. That's a good policy leaving the personalities out. Thanks everyone.That is Bill Shorten speaking outside Princess Alexandria Hospital trying to use the record of the Queensland LNP Government to draw a link with what possibly the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott might do to jobs and services should he be elected