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(generated from captions) have also reduced from 18 to 14 months so that people can get assistance for tertiary studies. Ladies and gentlemen, what is the alternative to the Liberal National coalition? Well, it is a green Labor Independent Alliance, the glee club.

glee club. And what are they out there doing? They are out there, they can't think of a policy so they have dreamt up lies and talking about them. They have decided they can continue talking about the privatisation of Medicare. They can fight against that as well and will probably have more success. This is their approach, they have become so hopeless, so pathetic that now they are just making up the stories to argue against themselves. If that is what they are offering the Australian people, than they have nothing at all to offer the Australian people. But in closing, what we have delivered, record cattle prices, record meat sheep prices, and even have too many of them around here at the moment. Record sugar prices, record pork prices. We are turning things around, because we are managers. We can manage things. They closed down the live cattle trade, we expanded it. More than half of the Department of agriculture, we made agricultural exports the second biggest in our nation. Ladies and gentlemen, we are not scared or fearful of the future. As a nation, we understand the responsibilities that are ours in this election is not a parochial election about a certain candidate. It is not an election about a certain seat. It is not even an election about a certain government, ladies and gentlemen, everybody is about to go and elect for the nation. To make sure that this nation with all that has been given to it and created by God continues to grow and continues to shine, so that it is not only a better faction to its people but a benefaction to the world that we bless.
live in. All the best and God

(APPLAUSE) There are very important issues facing Australians at this election. Here is a short video reminding you of some of those crucial issues.Voting is under way, the mean be clear about what we are offering you, our economic plan will offer you and your kids better job opportunities, MIDI care and education funding guaranteed. We will keep our borders secure. Only the Coalition can form the stable government that can deliver for you. I need your local vote to get things done. What do we know about Bill Shorten? He has a Budget that Cole and can't play for his promises. They've still soft on border protection, a Labour Greens hung parliament means chaos fool his dark if your local vote is for Labour, Greens or an independent, that is a vote for hung parliament chaos, a Budget blackhole, the taxes and more boats, be sure, vote Liberal.Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the Foreign Minister of Australia and Deputy Liberal leader, Julie Bishop.

Former Prime Minister is John Howard and Tony Abbott, Parliamentary colleagues state and federal, I welcome the supporters of the liberal National Coalition, Turnbull's team. You are supporters of ace drongo Australia. In Australia that will see more jobs and opportunities across this great land. The Coalition has a bold and optimistic vision for the future. An economic plan that will secure more jobs, and economic growth for the country. It is absolutely critical that the economy is able to respond quickly to events such as Brexit. That we are flexible, able to find new, smarter, better ways of doing things, whether it be business or government or communities, or as individuals as the
we lead our lives, we need to grow the economy is so we have more revenues, so we can pay for the public funding of health, education, infrastructure, otherwise, they are just promises. Under Prime Minister Turnbull, Australia will be an optimistic, confident nation, engaged with the world, especially the regions to our north, the fast-growing economies of Asia fool his top in just three years, the Coalition government was able to secure three historic trade deals with China, Japan, South Korea. Three of our largest trading partners in Asia and we have done a new deal with Singapore. Thousands of Australian businesses, has usually small and medium this this is now have an opportunity to sell goods and services is into the massive consumer markets to the north, and many of them have never exported previously. Last week, a wine producer in South Australia told me this trouble to get his wine into the China market. After the free trade agreement came into force, he has seen his cells reach levels he only ever dream and could occur in his 40 years in the wine industry. Doors are opening, not only for more sales of minerals and energy, agriculture and horticultural manufactured goods, but for services. You see, Australians are renowned for expertise. We have world-class expertise in healthcare, aged care, child care, education fool his top we have some of the biggest law firms, accounting firms, business brokers, financial and banking is situations. Our creative in this race, our designers, artists, technicians are all world-class and cutting edge, we can now sell the services into new markets. What an achievement, for an Australian government to gain privileged access for our exporters. We haven't finished. If re-elected we will sign more trade deals that will benefit export across Australia. Yet Labour, just doesn't get it. Under the rug, Gillard Government, trade agreements stalled. When Bill Shorten became leader of the Labour Party, he unleashed, through his proxy the union move on, and ugly and xenophobic campaign against the China free trade agreement. When Australian businesses for economic opportunity, Bill Shorten embraced elliptical opportunism was not -- political. I assume he is being ironic when he adopts the campaign slogan, we will put people first. He does not say which people. As union leader, he didn't put the rank and file union members first when he did grubby deals to trade away the work of's pay and conditions for secret payments to go into the labours -- France, just ask the workers of businesses he put first. Bill Shorten, did not put the interests of truck owner drivers first when he supported a deal that would back BTW you can put truck owner drivers out of business, he did not put 60,000 volunteer firefighters and that Tory first when he backed a union takeover of this iconic volunteer firefighters in Victoria. Bill Shorten didn't put the men and women of the 100,000 small businesses first, who have a turnover between two and 10 million, instead he opposed them, getting more of their own money through tax cuts, and unleashed one of the most virulent antibusiness campaigns I have is keen on labour history. Bill Shorten didn't put the 1 million construction workers in the 30,000 construction businesses first when he opposed the reintroduction of the Australian building and construction commission, which would be empowered to stamp out lawless lists and intimidation and bullying and agree on the construction site across Australia. You might recall Bill Shorten warned us, he would govern like a union leader. Given there are 100 union leaders facing court, with over 8,000 charges of breaking the laws, maybe he wants to rethink that will start.

And Bill Shorten has not put older, vulnerable are aliens first. When he came up with a lie that the Coalition would privatise Medicare, knowing it was false, and then unleashed his army to phone older Australians late at night, repeat the Medicare light, and then tell them that they won't be able to afford their healthcare. -- lie. Just how low will loathe the go? They will grow longer, he has taken his life to hospitals, repeated it to sick children and the appearance that they won't be able to afford healthcare, seriously. When Bill Shorten was asked on national television, to repeat his monstrous Medicare lie, he didn't have the courage to repeat it because he knows it is not true. Why such shameful behaviour? Because as Barnaby said, they have nothing to offer the Australian people. They have no economic pain, no plan for jobs, nothing to offer, nothing to offer except higher taxes, unfunded spending, deeper debt and greater deficit. It seems there is no lie too outrageous, note issue too sensitive, no person to vulnerable that Bill Shorten won't exploit. It seems there is no need, no principle he won't abandon to sneak into office on the back of a macro tree. Ladies and gentlemen, he has demonstrated the next the moral this
fibre to be the Prime Minister of this country. He lacks character to be a leader the nation. Fortunately we have a Prime Minister in Malcolm Turnbull who has the character, the integrity and intellect, the compassion, the competence and optimism to lead the nation. Malcolm Turnbull...

Malcolm Turnbull... Malcolm the
Turnbull has a long-term vision for the country. He has a vision on how to manage the economy responsibly. How to make sure the society is cohesive, he has a vision to make sure we can make the very best of the days ahead. He has been a had
success in business, he and Lucy had started many this is, and built up his Mrs, employed many people, Malcolm Turnbull knows the needs of small business, he knows that small business is the foundation of the economy. Malcolm Turnbull wants to see many more Australians, as Ashley Young Australians with rewarding and satisfying jobs. He understands how to harness technology and innovation and how to unleash the ingenuity and creativity, the resourcefulness of the Australian people. Ladies and gentlemen, we need a government, we need a government that is competent to manage the economy is cured the Borders, Malcolm Turnbull is the leader for our times. -- secure our borders fool his dark.

Most are by -- most of my child I angle
spent with my dad, he was those angle father, we lived together, Big Brother, little brother was the type of the relationship. We were very close. We did not have much money, he was a hotel broker, for much of that time he was battling like a lot of single parents. He did well after a while, in the latter part of his life, he kicked a few goals after a lot of effort. He taught me of amazing things, he was very loyal, is wrong and disciplined. I was the main object of everything he wanted to achieve. He was very focused on doing what was right for me, when my mother left us, he always spoke about her in the most glowing terms. He talked to up and told me how much she loved me, he made everything to make sure we have the closest relationship. I had a father who was very loyal and filled with love, he never left me any any doubt he loved me more than any thing on earth. When I was at university, I always had a job, I was either working as a labourer or an usher in the theatre and then I got into journalism, by the time I journalist.
got to meet Lucy I was working as a journalist. I was writing an article about her father. He was very energetic, also extremely warm, very funny.The problem was, the flowers arrived after she had left. They said, that Malcolm Turnbull is really a charming young fellow, he sent me some flowers.Had to point out that maybe they were me.We have had a great marriage, two lovely children and a great family unit.I see incredible love, affection, warmth and his kids have become strong, resilient, positive people. That is the same belief Malcolm's father had in him.That is what family is about, it is about love. We have the most exciting opportunities in our history. We are at a time in the world's history when the pace and scale of change is without precedent. We have seen changes driven by technology. We have seen this enormous growth and opportunities are huge. Half of the world's middle-class will be moving to a north in middle Asia. We can do anything that you have got to be in it and it -- innovative, competitive, on the ball and that requires a strong economy. Backing the imagination and innovation. I talk about enabling that strong economy. What I am doing is enabling the dreams of every Australian. Everything we want to grandchildren
do, everything our children and grandchildren want to do, will be enabled by a strong economy. Seizing the opportunities of these exciting times.Please welcome, the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Malcolm Turnbull and Mrs Lucy Turnbull.


Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you all. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you, Craig. Thanks mate. A warm Reid welcome. Thank you, Craig, for your very warm welcome to Reid. And thank you Barnaby, deputy Prime Minister, you are a great coalition colleague and around the Cabinet table, a powerful advocate as we have heard today. For regional Australia. And your electorate of New England. Deputy leader, Foreign Minister, friend of so many years, Julie Bishop. Thank you for your extraordinary, tireless dedication to our cause. Thank you for the way you make us proud every time you stand up as our Foreign Minister in the councils of the world.

And nobody has travelled more miles or visited more electorates in the course of the selection then you. You are the most tireless advocate for our great cause. -- than. All my parliamentary colleagues and candidates, Premier Mike Baird and our state colleagues, the hard-working campaign team, thank you, thank you. As I think Lucy and our family for their support today and throughout this long campaign. -- thank. I welcome my predecessors, John Howard and his wife Janette, and Tony Abbott, with his wife Margie. John, it you set the gold standard, leaving the most successful and effective government. Your reforms set Australia up for the longest period of prosperity in our history. And Tony, you brought to an end, the chaos and dysfunction of the road, Gillard, Rudd years and you remain at powerful and dedicated advocate to for our great cause. John and Tony, we salute you.

Now, my fellow Australians, at this election, my coalition team presents a clear, economic plan to secure Australia's future. We know and Australians know that the pace and scale of economic change is history.
unprecedented and all of human history. Our opportunities have never been greater, but challenges, risks and uncertainty abound. There to be
has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian. But only if your optimism and confidence is matched with a clear eyed understanding of what makes the economy work. What makes businesses invest and higher and an ability to see the world as it is, not how you would like it to be. This is a demand requires stable majority government. Experienced economic leadership and the National economic plan, which will deliver stronger growth and more jobs. The National economic plan, which recognises the nature and tenor of our times. Gives us the resilience we need to succeed. Only the Liberal National coalition can deliver that plan, that security, that leadership. Everything we seek to achieve. All of our hopes, our growth.
dreams depend on strong economic growth. This is not something I learned in a textbook. Any more than you did. We know that the economy is people, their lives, their futures, the security. A strong economy is where businesses are prepared for the future and are prepared to take the risks of investing in expanding and hiring. Our business tax cuts encourage small and medium businesses to do just that. 100,000 of them with turnovers in between two and $10 million and employing 2.2 million Australians, who only joined smaller companies to get a tax cut on July one if we are really had -- re-elected. We'll have plenty of opportunities to do so. And our easier
childcare reforms will make it easier for her to do so too. A strong economy means that young men and women who have left school and are looking for a job will find an employer who is hiring and happy to give them a start. Our path program with job training and internships youth
will provide additional support to youth employment. A strong economy means we can find our innovation and agenda so kids can learn the digital skills of the 21st century. It is to start jobs here at home. It means that a smart kid who wants to be an engineer can work at the cutting edge of technology here in Australia because our adventure manufacturing is forging ahead, supported by our defence industry investment plan. A strong economy means that senior Australians know their children will be in good deliver
jobs, their investments will deliver better returns and the government will have growing revenues to support their pensions and healthcare. That means that the prices
farmer is getting much better prices for his cattle and can afford to hire a local contractor to replace his fences, clean out a dam or build a new shed. It means the cafe, the restaurant, the hotel has more tourists and they hire more staff to cater for them. All thanks to our big export trade deals. A strong economy means that businesses and builders will be hard at work on new homes and tradesmen will have more jobs. It means that a manufacturer has more export orders, can buy more Goodman, can hire more workers and expand their business. The stronger economy means that we can find over 50 billion dollars in road, rail and other infrastructure including the Western Sydney airport and the 39,000 jobs it will create. A stronger economy means that we could afford to fund world-class education and health services, including Medicare, without weighing down our children and grandchildren with more debt and deficit. Fairness between generations means we must live within our means. It also means we can afford to leave a cleaner environment to those children. With programs like our $1 billion quality
investment plan to improve water quality in the great Barrier Reef catchment. The $1 billion clean energy innovation fund. A $1 billion National Landcare program or out $2.5 million emissions reduction fund. A strong economy means we can meet and be our international obligations to without
address climate change and do so without massive hikes in electricity prices as Labour would do. -- Labor. So, a strong economy is not about academic theory. It's about millions of Australians being able to lead better lives with more choices, better jobs, more opportunities and when working days are ended, a more secure retirement. We have a national economic plan because the prosperity and security of 24 million Australians depend on it. Now, succeeding in this 21st century cannot be taken for granted. Yes, the opportunities have never been greater. But so is the competition and so are the uncertainties. The shockwaves of the past 48 hours from Britain's vote to leave the European Union are a sharp reminder of the volatility in the global economy. Always expect the unexpected. We will need to renegotiate vital trade deals with Europe and with the
Britain. We have concluded five in the last three years. Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore and the transpacific partnership. In six years, Labor concluded none. Think about it. Think about it. Think about what those trade deals have done to drive jobs and growth around Australia. Think what they've done in regional Australia. Think what they've done in Tasmania for example. Right across the country, how opening up opportunities for Australian exporters in every field to those big open markets has ensured we have been able to make a transition from a mining construction boom to a more diverse economy of the 21st century. That is what we need, more diverse, more innovative, smarter, more productive, that is the economy that wins and keeps on winning. An economy that is resilient, supporting enterprise, investment and innovation, so Australians can seize the opportunities of our times but also handle the challenges and headwinds. So, there is a clear-cut choice in this election. We present our fellow Australians with a national economic plan. Every element of which supports more investment, stronger economic growth and more jobs. Our plan invests over $1 billion to promote leading-edge innovation in our industries and to prepare her children for the jobs of the future. Our plan promotes export trade deals, the ones we have done and the ones we will do to generate thousands of new export opportunities, giving out businesses premium access. Our plans in local industries, to ensure that every defence dollar possible supports adverts manufacturers and thousands of Australian jobs. Our enterprise tax plan provides tax relief to tens of thousands of small to medium family businesses, now and to all companies over time, so they can invest, grow and hire more Australians. Our plan commits to a sustainable budget, with the toughest crackdowns on multinational tax avoidance. Companies found to shift profits offshore to avoid tax will pay that tax plus a large penalty.

One that is fully costed and paid for. It's all there in the budget. It guarantees record investments in health, Medicare and schools. And not only does it drive higher growth and more jobs. It reduces our deficits every year until we come back ip to balance in 2020-21. (APPLAUSE) On the other hand our opponents in the Labor Party have no economic plan at all. Labor believes its best hope of being elected is to have trade union officials, find frail and elderly Australians in their homes, to phone them at night, to scare them into thinking that they are about to lose something which has never been at risk. Bill Shorten put this Medicare lie at the heart of his election campaign. And they boast of how many they have deceived. That's not an alternative government, that's an Opposition unfit to govern. (APPLAUSE)

When he's not trying to frighten older Australians, Mr Shorten is prosecuting an anti-business, anti-growth agenda, more toxic and backward-looking than any Labor leader in a generation. Tax hikes on business and investment. More special deals for his union mates. Higher deficits and higher debt. Every element of his platform will discourage investment and employment. It is a recipe for economic stagnation. His vision splendid is to run the nation like a trade union. Well the volunteer firefighters of Victoria know what that looks like. (APPLAUSE) And on every building site around Australia, honest tradesmen and builders know the high price they pay for the lawlessness and the thuggery of the CFMEU. If returned at this election we will convene a joint sitting to restore the rule of law in the construction industry and reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission, so Australians can have the infrastructure of the 21st Century they need at a price they can afford. (APPLAUSE) Labor and the Greens will fight tooth and nail to defend their pay masters in the CFMEU. It's the same old Labor. A replay of the Gillard years and another power-sharing fiasco with the Greens and Independents. That is why I am urging Australians today and through this week, very carefully to consider their vote, both in the House of Representatives and the Senate. We present a stable Coalition majority government, with a positive national economic plan that secures our future and is working today. The alternative at this election is a Labor Party that has lost its way or a protest vote for Greens or Independents. Vote for any of them and you could end up with Bill Shorten as Prime Minister in a government where unions, Greens, and Independents pull the strings. This will mean less investment, less employment, and an economy going into reverse. It would mean higher deficits and more debt, businesses and families would be hit by more than $100 billion in new Labor taxes including higher taxes on investment, housing values would fall in an already-fragile property market and rents would rise. That's because of Labor's investment-destroying ban on negative gearing and a 50% hike in Captial Gains Tax. Remember the 35,000 owner-drivers, small family enterprises, forced off the roads in a cynical power grab, cooked up between Labor and the Transport Workers Union? Unable to work, unable to pay the grocery bill, let alone the mortgage. That's what Bill Shorten did in his deal with the Transport Workers Union. If Labor returns to power, those mum and dad businesses will, as the TWU assures us, once again, be targeted by Mr Shorten. Like the CFA volunteer firefighters in Victoria, their independence can only be assured under a re-elected Coalition Government. (APPLAUSE) A chaotic Labor-Greens-Independence alliance would wreak havoc on the economy, put at risks the living standards and our future opportunities. The threat is real. So we need to be crystal clear about what our votes will mean. When it comes to the minor parties b they Lambie, Xenophon, Lazarus or Hanson, if you only know the leader of a minor party and don't know their candidates or policies, don't vote for them. If your local vote is for Labor, Greens or ap kn independent and you are in one of the 20 or so key battle ground seats across the country, it is a vote for the chaos of a hung Parliament. A budget blackhole, big Labor taxes, less jobs and more boats. Only a Liberal or National vote ensures stable government, a clear economic plan, real funding for the aged, Medicare and education, more jobs and strong borders. So again, leave nothing in doubt. Vote for your local Lynn ral -- Liberal or National in the House and in the Senate. (APPLAUSE)

Our clear economic plan is more essential than ever. As we enter this period of uncertain in global markets following the British vote to leave the European Union. Great opportunities are accompanied by great challenges. The upheaval reminds us there are many things in the global economy over which we have no control. Calm heads, steady hands, and a strong economic plan are critical for Australia to withstand any of these negative repercussions. At a time of uncertainty, the last thing we need is a Parliament in disarray. We have weathered global shocks before and weathered them well. Despite the greatest terms of trade shock in our history, with the fall in global commodity prices since the peak of the mining boom in the year to March we are growing faster than any of the G7 economies and well above the OECD average. In the last calendar year, there were 300,000 new jobs created. Our unemployment rate of 5. P % is well beneath what was anticipated when we came to office. Now, none of this happens by chance. Strong economic leadership, supporting hard-working Australians means that even with difficult global head winds we continue to grow our economy and expand our workforce. If we see this plan through, over the next three years, I believe Australians will have every reason to approach the decades ahead as they do today - confident, out ward-looking, secure, self-assured. If on the otherhand, we were to faulter in our plan to transition the economy, there is a real risk of Australia falling off the back of the pack of the world's leading economies. This is no time to pull the doona over our heads or, as Labor and the Greens would have it, to pretend that the good times will just keep rolling no matter how much you tax, how much you borrow, or how much you spend. That's just not how it works, in the global economy of the 21st Century. To seize the opportunities we have to be competitive and to that end ensure government is not imposing additional tax burdens on businesses and families that stifle the incentives to inno vat, to invest, to grow, to create jobs. Now, I know Australians are up for this challenge. I have enormous confidence in the resilience and resourcefulness of this nation, and today I can announce additional policies from our Coalition team to support our national economic plan for jobs and growth. As Barnaby noted, we are determined to ensure that none of our regional communities across Australia are left behind, as we make the transition to a stronger new economy, as home to a third of all Australians, our regions must be at the front-line of the drive for invasion, jobs and growth. Our regional jobs fund is a major commitment by the Coalition to ensure those regional communities facing difficulties in transition will be able to maintain their attraction as fantastic places to live, raise a family, work, and invest. As we build a stronger economy, it's vital that we also do all we can to ensure that all Australians, especially young Australians, are not left behind. That's why the Coalition will deliver a record 7 $73.6 billion Australian
over the next four years for all Australian schools. It is a strong and fully-funded commitment to our children and their future and today I can announce an additional $48 million for scholarships under the program.
Smith Family's Learning for Life (APPLAUSE)

This will help disadvantaged students complete Year 12 and transition to work or further education and training. The Coalition will also invest $31 million in programs to encourage more girls and women to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (APPLAUSE)

Of the 4.8 million Australians aged 60 years and over, only 20 per xrent of households have a smart phone, to make their lives easier, to help them retain their independence, to keep them connected to families and friends, I'm announcing today a $50 million Coalition strategy to assist seniors who want to improve their digital literacy skills. (APPLAUSE)

And as announced earlier today, my government will be investing $192 million more in front-line mental health services, including... ... 12... Including 12 suicide prevention sites around Australia, ten more Head Space centres and at the same time using smart phone and other technologies to make these services more accessible.

This complements our support for ven rans' mental health programs, itself a reminder that we best honour the diggers of Gallipoli and Fromelles by supporting the veterans of their families today. Our Coalition plan offers practical policy solutions to strengthen the economy, strengthen our society, leverage opportunities for a better future. National security and economic security go hand in hand. There is no higher responsibility for government than protecting our borders and ensuring that our nation is well prepared to deal with threats to our security. The historic investment by my government in Australia's defence industries provides our defence forces with the support they need to keep us safe. Only a strong Australia can be a safe Australia. (APPLAUSE)

After six years of abject Labor neglect and indecision, our continuous shipbuilding strategy will ensure that Australia retains a sovereign capability to build and sustain naval vessels, securing thousands of advanced manufacturing jobs for decades to come. Our border protection policy depends on three pillars - boat turn-backs, offshore processing, and temporary protection visas. Labor has already abandoned TPVs. So they do not have the same policy as we do. They don't even claim to have the same policy as we do. And who would trust them on the rest? We must never forget how Labor in government failed Australia at the border. Labor's abandonment of John Howard's proven border protection policy opened the door to the people smugglers. The result - 50,000 unauthorised arrivals on 800 boats -1200 deaths at sea of which we know -over 8,000 children put into detention -17 detention centres opened and at $11 billion border protection budget blow-out. In contrast, the Coalition has restored security at the border, integrity to our immigration program, and with it the trust of the Australian public. (APPLAUSE) I am proud to announce that today marks 700 days without a successful country.
people smuggling venture to our

I am also very proud to announce that we have removed every child from detention in Australia. (APPLAUSE) But the lesson of Labor in government is that success cannot be taken for granted and can be all too easily undone. The fact is, 50 Labor candidates, members and senators, do not support Mr Shorten's stated policy on boats. Whatever he may say today, any policy commitment would be under siege the moment Labor came to office, in tandem with the Greens, Labor would overturn the very policies that have kept our borders secure. We know this because hope rarely triumphs over experience. They have failed Australia before. The people smugglers are looking for the earliest sign that an Australian government will waver. We must not, I will not. The Coalition is resolution in defending the sovereignty, the security of our borders. (APPLAUSE)

Our policies are tough. There is no doubt about that. But these policies have stopped the drownings at sea. They've restored the integrity of and trust in our large but orderly immigration and refugee programs. Public trust in the government to determine who can come to Australia and how long they can stay is an essential foundation of our success as a multicultural society. It begins, as Craig said, with respect for the world's oldest continuous culture, that of our First Australians, and extends to a celebration of our rich diversity as a nation built by immigration. Strong border protection policies instil confidence. A weak and failing system has the opposite effect. That is the risk in a Labor-Greens Independent alliance. They lack the conviction. They lack the will to keep our borlders secure. To protect our economic security and to protect our borders we need a stable Coalition majority government, not a Parliament in chaos. Now the further strengthen our domestic security I announce initiative that go to the most fundamental liberties, the right to live without fear of violence. My first announcement as Prime Minister was a new $100 million package to encourage all Australians squarely to confront the ugly truth of violence against women and children in our society. (APPLAUSE) Today I can announce a $64 million commitment to crack down on the trafficking of illegal firearms on our streets, in particular by criminal gangs. This will extend the work of our national anti-gang squad in tracking and detecting the illegal guns' trades in our cities and regions and locking up those who seek to profit from it. And it will build up the forensic and intelligence assets of the Australian Federal Police to better detect incoming shipments of illegal firearms and go after the criminal syndicates who sell them. The Government I lead will live within our means. This is not only the prudent thing to do, it's the right thing to do. There is nothing fair about piling a mountain of debt on the shoulders of our children and grandchildren. And it serves as a crucial buffer against external risks and shocks. Now, my Coalition team is determined to show the economic leadership to ensure young Australians do not start from behind. That is why I counsel all Australians against a roll of the dice on independence or minor parties. A vote for anyone other than the Liberal and National Party candidates and there is a risk that Australians next week will find themselves with Bill Shorten as Prime Minister. And no certainty at all about their future. That's why I'm urning every Australian to -- urging every Australian to think of this election as if their single vote will itself determine what sort of government we have after July 2nd. We can have the sort of chaotic government we see in Queensland today. With a minority Labour Government trapped in policy paralysis. Or there is the alternative model of a stable, confident administration under Premier Mike Baird here in NSW. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Under Premier Bairda strong economy and a strong budget position is funding new roads and rail and services.
better health and education At this election for our nation's leadership, I'm asking Australians to make a clear choice. Back a strong and stable Coalition majority government that the press ahead with our plan for a stronger new economy. Our plan will deliver the economic security that enables Australians to fulfil their aspirations as individuals, as families, as communities. That is why I'm asking my fellow Australians at this election to support our Coalition's national economic plan for a strong, new economy. This national economic plan will secure Australia's position for decades as a high-wage, first-world economy of the 21st Century with a generous social welfare safety net. That means a thriving business sector, where there is confidence to create more jobs. Where small family enterprises are encouraged to think big, to invest, to inno vat, to grow their business and employ other Australians. This means an Australia competing with the world's best in hi-tech industries and all the other jobs of the future, and a strong, sustainable, advanced manufacturing sector, sharing in the heavy lifting in our new economy. Our farmers and service industries flourishing like never before, with millions of new customers and the markets of Asia to our north, where half of of the world's middle-class will soon reside and only disciplined financial management can garn fee the long-term funding we need to support the hospitals, the schools, the roads, the infrastructure - all of the services that Australians want and expect from government. My fellow Australians, we alone have the economic plan our nation needs in these times of opportunity and challenge. We have always been a lucky country, but today more than ever we need to make our own luck. Get this right - and together Australians will succeed as never before. (APPLAUSE)


(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) There you have the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull making his pitch for a third term in government. And next Saturday we will know who it is that gets to govern Australia for the next three years. Malcolm Turnbull, as you would expect, was making his pitch based around the economic plan which he's been talking about for some time. But one of the key elements of that plan since the beginning has been stability. Essentially this Prime Minister has been arguing that you shouldn't make another change. Remember we've had five Prime Ministers - a change to a fifth Prime Minister - in six years. That's been part and parcel of the pitch he's been making since the beginning and it's been amplified with the exit of the British from the European Union. He's saying now is not the time to be making changes. He began to outline his economic plan and to break it down as to what that means for individuals, perhaps something that has been missing from the Government's rhetoric so far. That is that the elements connect to people essentially, that it brings in jobs and services that the Government is investing and therefore making everybody's life better, but that success, he argues, can't be taken for granted and of course all elections are about choices and he's trying to one
pitch the Government as being the one with the stable economic plan and that plan is pitched against chaos and disorder. Interesting through the course of this speech, the Prime Minister continually referenced not just the Labor Party, but that a vote for anyone other than the Coalition was a vote for instability, clearly the Government's research is showing that there is a big interest in voting for independence and Greens, not just in the upper house but also the lower house. The Prime Minister said those people in the 20 electorates around the country who will essentially be the battlegrounds for this federal campaign, in those marginal seats, to consider their vote as one which will decide the course of government. There were a few new policy announcements in today's speech. The Prime Minister talking about $192 million plan on mental health. Specifically at the heart of it, $30 million which will enable young people to connect online with with
experts if they're having problems with their mental health. It's a suicide prevention plan. There was also a $48 million learning for life program he announced today in conjunction with the Smith Family, $50 million for older people to get more digitally literate. When he was talking about border security, he talked about a $64 million crackdown on illegal firearms and a strong pitch by the Prime Minister here to maintain the Coalition's tough border protection policy, saying that Labor could not be trusted with it either. So Greg, essentially, no real surprises in anything we saw today. Steady as she goes for the Government. A few announcements, but they're all on piste with what we've heard so far. Boats, and plan, and votes, the economic plan, in effect the campaign pitch throughout all 7 weeks so far. Votes, though, a strong emphasis on trying to hoover up those who might wish to stray away, constant references, every third minute or so, back to the alternative of a chaotic Parliament in uncertain times and a Labor-Greens Independent alliance. Telling us I think they see that as a real risk and flipping it back to favoured ground of boats and national security.

It was pretty much what they flagged, Chris. Not choc full of new announcements. The mental health element might have been the most expensive today but, um, you know, digitally... Digitally literate senior Australians was also in there. It was very much a consolidation of the message. I thought, if you want to talk about theatrics, it was relatively flat in its staging and in its presentation, right from the beginning through Julie Bishop as the warm-up act and through to Malcolm Turnbull as well. Only did the audience warm to the theme, you know, occasionally, when it was a really obvious political point that he made. I think maybe that was by design too, keep it safe, keep it the
straight.We should let you know at the back of the theatre, everyone is exiting now. It wasn't a big event really. A couple of hundred people in the auditorium. Differences to last week too, last week we saw the Labor Party with the entire frontbench behind Bill Shorten. This was very much a pitch for Malcolm Turnbull's Coalition team and everything about it was built around this one man, which does tell you that, although the Labor Party keeps telling us that people are disappointed in the Prime Minister, the Coalition believes he's their trump card in the election.Absolutely. There's a big investment in Brand Turnbull throughout the campaign. We see it in the daily backdrop about what's now called the Turnbull Coalition Team and its economic plan, not the Coalition Team, generically marketed. But also in this event Julie
today, although Barnaby Joyce and Julie Bishop didn't dwell at length on Malcolm Turnbull the person, all those videos were about introducing his back story to those who aren't familiar with it, the struggle with a single-parent family and his respect for his dad, the blossoming relationship with Lucy Turnbull and then, ultimately, the family and extended family that follows. So, you know, parties don't do things on occasions like this by mistake or by taking a chance. It's all researched. It tells them, presumably, that they still believe Malcolm Turnbull is exactly what you said there, their best marketing asset.For whose weren't in the theatre, behind Malcolm Turnbull, words kept emerging as he spoke - "Strong economy "dbling, "strong borders", "innovation", "growth", nine messages that keept reiterating as he kept talking, almost subliminally."Stability" was one of those messages. I didn't get to the count of nine but whatever the tally, they were all around the element of trust, record, stability, uncertain times and that absolutely frames his speech today, as clearly it's going to in the consolidation phase now. Surely the last week is about winnowing it down, getting it down to its core and that's been redefined today.We thought since the beginning of the year that Labor Party has campaigned stronger, taken risks, been bold but in the last couple of weeks, you can see the Liberal Party's campaign plan, which essentially is to stick to the same message from the outset, which is jobs and been there,
growth and stability has always been there, you make your own luck and the Prime Minister said that at the end of the his speech. The Lucky Country should make its own luck but this government has had a bit of luck overnight. It would not have wished that the British would vote to leave the European Union, but given that they did, he's made that part of this election pitch and we know that through the course of next week we'll continue to see stories about Brexit and uncertainties that come. We'll see the markets on Monday and see what happens overseas as money flits around the world trying to avoid risk and find reward and probably races back again. Those stories won't go away and it seems almost tailor-made for the Coalition's election pitch. We can't know any more than can the Coalition campaign HQ how much this is going to be a factor. It could just be at the margins. But at the very least, it gets two stories running concurrently, because you can't block out events of the rest of the world. No Australian campaign, particularly not a lacklustre one, as this has been, fairly flat for search - that's a judgement on the way the nation consumes it, not on politicians advocating their cause - but they can't block out the sun as it were. If there's a major ruction happening around the world, the Australian news media, as with the rest of the world, will follow that. It just so happens that this campaign story that Malcolm Turnbull wants to tell and has been telling for seven weeks, runs parallel with that one that we're witnessing from Europe. To the extent that it matters on votes, it matters that much.The last-minute pitch really and the core of what the Prime Minister will be saying this week is do not take a risk with your vote. If you're in one of those 20 marginal seats where this election campaign is being fought and fought hard, anything but a vote for a Coalition candidate is a vote for chaos and dysfunction. Now, the question is will people listen to that message? One of the messages that certainly comes out of Brexit and it's happening around the Western world, is that people are feeling that they're cut off from their institutions, that their We're
institutions have failed them. We're seeing that in Australia in the drift away from both major parties towards Independents. We're likely to see a larger vote for Independents in this election than we've seen in many elections, Greg. The question is are people convinced by the Prime Minister's pitch? And we won't know that until the 2nd.We won't but we know the Australian electoral system does give people that option. They can straight away. The problem for -- stray away. The problem for the Coalition is that in most seats - I don't know about the ballot paper, if you've pre-polled, the but the one I filled out only had six or seven names on it and most of them were probably aligned more to the Labor Party, if you follow those preferences back. They're the Greens, they're left-leaning candidates, at least in my seat, just to take an example. The problem for the Coalition is they can't afford to look to the likes of a Hanson vote flow or a Rise Up Australia vote flow or whoever it might be. Generally if people want to take that gamble, roughly speaking in Australia, they'll tend to flow back to Labor in more seats than not.There are two risks to the government, obviously. The first is existential in the lower house. If it loses enough seats, it loses government. That's the first concern. The second concern is govern
whether or not it will be able to govern with the new upper house that it gets and that's where people tend to speculate a bit more with their votes. Australians are quite sophisticated voters in that way. They sometimes will punt one way in the lower house-at-other way in the upper house. From what we're seeing at the moment - to give you an example, both major parties' research in South Australia shows that Nick Xenophon is likely to get three senators in SA and maybe a fourth. It would appear that the Liberal Party will get three, the ALP would get three, Nick Xenophon would get three, the Greens would get one and there'd be a run-off for a fourth Liberal seat or even another Nick Xenophon candidate. That's not a threat to government as such but it is a threat to the agenda this Prime Minister has. Absolutely. You're talking about positions 11 and 12 in the Senate team from SA being up for grabs with what you would call non-major-party or established-party candidates. Multifly that by six states, that's 12 on a crossbench. Now, best case scenario for a government, any government, but let's talk about the Coalition, since we're here, is that they can harness the numbers they need in a balance-of-power situation with two or three of the 12. Might be more than 12 but let's say it's 12. A large grouping of Xenophons and a grouping of some other flavour. But imagine if it's not that blocky on the crossbench. Imagine if it's 12 roughly speaking, individuals. That will be a messy palette. And I think that's why that was addressed today.The Prime Minister named them. He put names to people in the Senate - if you're thinking of a Xenophon, a Lambie, a Hanson or a Lazarus, then think again. That tells you, too, something that the Coalition is hearing, certainly in Queensland I'm hearing that Pauline Hanson is likely to be elected to the Senate in what would have been the they
Coalition's sixth Senate spot so they lose a position there. It's not just getting Independents in. They're going backwards in the Senate in Queensland and in South Australia. More than likely, Lambie will get one and maybe two in Tasmania. Before we went to this election, we changed the Senate voting system. Then because we went to a double dissolution election, it meant the quota has been halved so we might see a much more Senate
fractious and more protectionist Senate than the one we just had. Quite possibly and all the arguments that were put up then seem quaintly naive, don't they? On both sides. Labor took a position against the Senate law changes for reasons of diversity and democracy. They wanted 1,000 flowers to bloom on the crossbench. It's odd that the law change that was meant to clear out that diversity is going around.
to, at least, enshrine it this time around. Maybe over time if this electoral system stands and you go back to regular half-Senate elections, it has a cleansing effect over time, but as we look at it today, that Senate is entirely unpredictable and if the government has fewer than 33 senators, which is its current number, it's going to be in torrid negotiations to get up to that magic number of 39 on every single bill that it brings in to the Parliament. A long three years for whoever is in government, be it the Coalition or the Labor side. One
Party. It won't be easy for either side. One thing that is predictable, Greg, is that we are hoping to see the Foreign Minister and Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop joining us shortly for her version of what she just saw then. Of course, we go forth now for the time week of the campaign. Julie Bishop has been one of the stellar campaigners for the Coalition. She, after the Prime Minister, is visiting just about every marginal seat in the country and then some. She's a perfectly safe campaigner. Some people are never narls in the shopping mall environment and we are more accustomed to seeing Julie Bishop within the confines of her foreign minister role, less as a frontline campaigner, but she's filled that deputy's role, which means getting on a roster drawn up by campaign headquarters and parachuted in to all the electorates that matter. So we saw her, I think, back in week one, bang into Eden-Monaro, always a seat in play. Then she goes to Queensland, the seat of Brisbane, always pressing the flesh and doing the human walk thing. One of the things I think about a campaigning deputy is they can move more freely, they don't have the AP entourage pressing around them. She will join us shortly. Interesting to note her warm-up act as the person who introduced the Prime Minister was to rough Bill Shorten up in a way that, arguably the Prime Minister did, but he was a little more restrained, perhaps, than Julie Bishop, who brought up all the old union records, the negotiating of agreements as an AWU organiser in Victoria. So she doesn't mind getting down and dirty her
either in the fight and that was her role today.We saw Barnaby Joyce before Julie Bishop and his approach was a bit more rustic than anyone else's you could say. He called the Labor-Green alliance that they're trying to concoct as the Glee Club being reformed.That went down a treat with the home audience.It's one of those things comes to
that people misunderstand when it comes to Barnaby Joyce. There is a tendency for some to sneer at the way that he delivers his lines. He is remarkably popular in regional Australia but has been hamstrung a little in this election campaign, Greg, because he's fighting such a desperate battle in New England, his own seat.Yes. Difficulties at home. Just on the speech today, though, I was having trouble deciding there - we'll give away a trade secret. Most of the speakers were operating off autocue today, of
and the reflective panels in front of them. I couldn't decide if Barnaby Joyce was scripted or off the cuff because he's hard to tell. He's rustic, to use your description, Chris. But, look, on the New England competition, you talk to the NATS and again, it's our job to disaggregate spin from honesty, and they will tell you at every turn that they think he's comfortably ahead. Now, we have no way of knowing that. In the back half of the campaign, he's been away from home less. He ventured out a little more on the wombat trail early. He's still doing that, sure he is, but not as much as we saw in the opening days. I'm not sure what that tells us but it's a pattern I've observed each day.One of the things to remember too is the real threat to people even on big margins - and Barnaby Joyce is a good example in New England - is with a popular Independent, all that Independent has to do is come second to Barnaby Joyce in order to start gathering preferences because, you know, a conservative candidate can plug on 48% or 49% of the vote and be passed by someone who gathers up everyone else's before.
preferences. We've seen that before. We saw it happening in Indi in Victoria and that's the threat that the Greens, in fact, proposed to the -- pose to the Labor Party in the inner city seats. They don't have to get terribly close. They just have to come second.The Greens in New England won't get a large vote - I don't know what it was in 2013 but you can imagine nearly all of that will transfer over to Tony Windsor. Labor are in there with preferences and that's where it becomes tight and probably where it's unpredictable when we ask National Party people how it's looking. They probably don't know to be honest which way they break on the all-important preferences. We have to say when you look around the country and talk to both parties, if you look at the electoral map, both sides are agreed that, at this point in the campaign, the Labor Party finds itself at least 10 seats short of making up those numbers. And at the start of the campaign, they said seats
themselves they had to get seven seats in Queensland. Now it would appear that only about four seats are in play and only two are being talked about as changing hands. But someone who is a very close observer of what we saw here today was the Foreign Minister and Deputy Liberal leader and warm-up act for the Prime Minister, Julie Bishop. Thank you very much for joining us. Good afternoon.All the key messages were there for us today. Really is it fair to say that a change of government in a democracy, because of circumstances overseas, is necessarily a sign of instability?What Malcolm Turnbull did today was present a very re-election.
powerful and persuasive case for re-election. He pointed out that we have an economic plan to ensure the resilience of our economy, whatever happens overseas. For example, Britain leaving the European Union will cause instability. But we have a plan for Australia's future that is based on economic growth, more jobs for Australians and ensuring that we have a strong base for national security. So he laid it all out today and it was a very persuasive case. We have seen Labor's track record recently - I mean it's only three years since we saw the chaos of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years and it's perfectly legitimate for us to point out the lack of experience, the lack of a track record on responsible economic management and the fact that Labor are promising only higher taxes, unfunded spending promises and greater debt, greater deficits.The plan that you lay out there conjures images of a template that you lay over the next three years and all will be right. But isn't the truth of the events as they unfolded in the UK and Europe that you centre a world of uncertainty coming your own way? Revenue impacts that no-one can possibly imagine, budget impacts that we simply can't forecast at this stage? It's uncertainty either way, isn't it?That's why you need an experienced team of economic managers. And the Coalition has that track record. Malcolm Turnbull understands the economy. He understands what drives business, what encourages investment and how people will employ more. That's what we bring to this. We bring the track record and the experience for responsible economic management based on an economic plan. Now, Labor have none. They are trying to sneak into office on the back of a monstrous Medicare lie.And the Labor Party would argue, of course, the
that it was in government during the biggest shock that the world has experienced in the last decade, or for a very long time, and the global financial crisis, and they managed the country through that. Oh, please, Chris. They had a $20 billion surplus. They - from the Howard-Costello years. They had money in the bank and they had zero government debt. That's what they inherited. They mismanaged our way through the global financial crisis because they trashed the budget. We have mountains of debt left over. Remember the pink batts, the school halls, the $900 cheque giveaways. They couldn't manage through it responsibly. We survived because of the massive buffer that was the legacy of the Howard-Costello years.You did support part of that spending packages, the first...The first and that was a stimulus and therefore we said Labor wasn't handling it properly. They don't have the track record and the experience to manage the external challenges that we'll inevitably face.Part of the instability pitch there went to votes and the experimentation with unknown parties and minor parties, Independents, and it was mentioned so often by the Prime Minister. What's motivating that? Are you picking up real fears that the major blocks are disintegrating?We know it will be a close election and we don't want to see a return to the chaotic Rudd-glard-Rudd years, particularly the alliance between the Greens and the support of the Independents. I think Australians have had enough of the chaos in Parliament, in the Senate, the dysfunction in the House of Representatives that came under a hung parliament under Julia Gillard. We don't want to return to those years. We want a strong, ensure
stable, majority Coalition and ensure we have a Senate we can work with.The Prime Minister specifically mentioned the Senate and mentioned people by name - Jacqui Lambie, Pauline Hanson, Glenn Lazarus and Nick Xenophon. Clearly that's the threat. You changed the voting laws to clean out the Senate but having a double dissolution election means you're likely to have a more unstable Senate when you come back.That's why we're asking people to consider their vote carefully. We'll see on 2 July. We want to ensure we have a Senate of sensible people who put Australia's national interests first and will support the party or the parties, as in the receive a
Liberal-National parties, that receive a majority of votes in the House of Representatives. They should be entitled to get their legislation through the Senate. And that's the message we're sending - a strong Coalition majority government in the House and a Senate we can work with.Do you actually believe some of the projections that we're talking crossbench.
about? Up to 12 on the Senate crossbench. That's just excluding the Greens, by the way. Is it accepted that we will have a very large and potentially very diverse Senate crossbench? That has implicationwise the changes in the electoral system.I don't necessarily accept that but I think trying to predict the outcome of difficulty
elections and polls is fraught with world.
difficulty as we've seen around the world. So we're appealing to the Australian people to give us an opportunity to implement our economic plan for greater economic growth and jobs, so that we can pay for the public spending in health and Medicare and education and roads and rail that the Australian people need and expect from their government.It would be remiss of us not to talk to you about your portfolio and what we've seen in
happening in the UK. Have you been in touch with your counterpart? What's the Australian government been trying to say to the UK government at the moment?Yes, I've been in contact with Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, and we have a longer phone call lined up for this evening. So I will be talking with him through the ramifications to get Britain's perspective on how long it will take to withdraw from the European Union. There are conflicting messages that, under the Article 50 of the European Union Treaty, a country withdrawing can have up to two years but there are messages coming from Europe saying they want it to occur as soon as possible to prevent contagion in other countries. So I will talk to Philip Hammond about the way the British government see the future, what will happen in the lead-up to David minister.
Cameron stepping down as prime minister. But it shows what volatile times lie ahead and that's confident,
why we need a stable, mature, confident, competent government in Australia.People who work in the diplomatic sphere for your government tell us that Britain's going to need some love from friends, at least in the short term. Do you agree with that? And what sort of tangible outreach - what might Australia do to show some solidarity with Britain as it loses love with Europe?Well, we have a unique, historic relationship with Great Britain. They are an indispensable friend of Australia's. They are a strong ally and we will continue to work closely with Britain. They're part of our intelligence community. We are very close in strategic and economic terms and I would imagine that that will only grow deeper over the years to come, because of the opportunities that the exit from the EU do present. But there will be many other countries who will be considering the same consequences. But we must have a strong relationship with the European Union, even as a 27-member country, it is a significant economic trading bloc for Australia. We have negotiations for a free trade agreement under way with the European Union. They will intensify. I would hope that, should we be re-elected, we would be able to conclude a free trade agreement with the European Union and, of course, pursue closer economic ties with Britain.We have to let you go because we know you have many other commitments, but just one last point on this - are you concerned that, in fact, the UK could be the first domino to fall in Europe? There are other enormous pressures on it? There may be another million more people by way of immigration? We see the economies of southern Europe suffering pause of the single currency. There might be pushes within other countries to do the same thing the UK has done?That's already being reported. There are enormous pressures on governments throughout Europe to deal with the immigration issue, the mass movement of people from the continent of Africa, from the Middle East, throughout Europe. There are significant challenges. Of course, the volatility of the economies in Europe. There's also a challenge - that's why we need a strong and stable Coalition government in Australia.There's one important thing - stay on message.Absolutely.Julie Bishop, thank you very much.Absolutely. Thank you very much. My pleasure. Greg, looking ahead to the week to come, a few major things will happen. We see the markets open on Monday. People will be interested Shorten
in that. There's a speech by Bill Shorten on Tuesday at the Press Club. Before we get to that of course, costings are being released this afternoon.I've hardly kept track of time but, on schedule, that would be Chris Bowen and Tony Burke speaking in the next 10 minutes or so to lay out those costings. Don't think for one moment that they'll sink without trace. The government will pick those up and hammer them into tomorrow. We know that time stands still for no-one on launch day. Our people who are travelling with the Prime Minister have been told that they'll be on a bus within the next hour to degs nation unknown, but the campaign -- destination unknown. But the campaign will roll on. There are the issues you lay out, Chris, and then the logistics of whipping around to the seats that you want to have one last throw of the dyes at to try and shore it up.We would expect that the campaign tempo will lift this week but, then again, it's been a fairly saidiate campaign in terms of the number of appearances that the Prime Minister has had every early
day, usually just one, usually early in the morning. I don't know that that will necessarily change because I think the Coalition that's working for them but he'll probably have to visit a few more sites and certainly, the Labor leader, Bill Shorten will be everywhere in the last week as he tries to scoop up every possible vote. Don't forget - he's coming from a long way behind. If you look at the last Parliament, it's 21 seats he has to make up. There have been swings and roundabouts in the way the seats have shifted because of redistributions, but if you look last Parliament to this Parliament, they all have to be won.And we tend to do a stock take again. You're working on that already, just to check with those whose job those
it is in the major parties to track those seats and check the numbers as best they can. It's done by mechanisms usually performed in an evening to try and get a fix on the numbers, but try and check that off again this week. We know that it's fewer than 20 in play. It's 15. It's possibly 12. And, um, a lot needs to break Bill Shorten's way to gain the majority of those. Alright. So that's where we'll leave it for now. We are expecting that some time in the not-too-distant future, we will be hearing from Chris Bowen and Tony Burke, the two financial men inside the Labor Party, who will be releasing the Labor Party's costings. It's something that has been long anticipated and they seem to be trying to do it today in the shadow of this leadership launch - sorry, campaign launch, but I think you'll find that, as Greg said, we'll hear a lot more about those over
numbers, no matter what they say, over the course of the next week. now.
That's where we'll leave it for Thanks, Chris. Now the top stories from ABC News: The Prime Minister has officially launched the Coalition's election campaign, promising a re-elected jobs
Turnbull government will deliver jobs and growth. Malcolm Turnbull used his campaign launch to promise stronger borders and a better economy, especially in regional Australia. But at the heart of his message was a plea to re-elect the Coalition on July 2, warning against waking up the next day with Bill Shorten as prime minister. Federal Labor will release some of its policy costings today after promising to provide the detail well before election day. The Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, and Shadow Finance Minister, Tony Burke, are addressing the media in Brisbane this afternoon. Labor has already said it would run higher deficits over the next four years, but return the Budget to surplus at the same time as the Coalition by 2020/21. And the fallout from the UK's vote to quit the European Union is continuing in Britain, with the Opposition Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, sacking his Foreign Ministry spokesman Hillary Benn from the Shadow Cabinet. Mr Controversialin is facing criticism of -- a no-confidence motion for his criticism of a campaign. Mr Benn has been urging people to resign, apparently, if there is a vote of no confidence. This program is not captioned.