Labor holds campaign rally, says there is a ‘mood for change’ ahead of federal election

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Labor says there is a “mood for change” across Australia ahead of the federal election, which is just six days away.
The party’s campaign rally in Brisbane today saw major Labor figures including former prime minister Kevin Rudd, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers throw their weight behind leader Anthony Albanese.
Albanese headlined the rally and spruiked his party’s policies, including the almost $1 billion Medicare pledge, aged care support, increasing wages amid rising costs of living, natural disaster and climate change mitigation, and addressing childcare fees.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during the Labor Campaign Rally at the Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane, Queensland, on Sunday 15 May 2022. ausvotes22 fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during the Labor campaign rally at the Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane. (Alex Ellinghausen)

On Labor’s platform, Albanese promised to “get it done” and reiterated the party’s slogan of a “better future”.

“Building a better future where we address the skyrocketing cost of living and get people’s wages growing again,” he said.

“A future with cheaper childcare to boost women’s economic participation.

“A future where we strengthen Medicare, where it’s easier to see a doctor and medicines are cheaper.

“A future where we put the care back into aged care.

“A future where we seize the opportunity that comes with tackling climate change where we use cheap renewable energy to power new industries and advance manufacturing and create good high paid jobs.

“Where we train Australians for those jobs by making investments in fee-free TAFE and additional university places.

“A future where we build things in our own country and stand on our own two feet.

“A future where we have a real plan to mitigate the ever-intensifying natural disasters.”

Albanese called on Australians to “vote for change”.

“If you believe in hope and unity over fear and division, vote for change,” he said.

“I want that job and I will do a better job.”

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during the Labor Campaign Rally at the Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane, Queensland, on Sunday 15 May 2022. ausvotes22 fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Anthony Albanese called on Australians to ‘vote for change’. (Alex Ellinghausen)

Former PM takes aim at Morrison government

Earlier, Rudd kicked off the rally by criticising the Coalition and saying Australians are “fed up” with the Morrison government.

“After close to 10 long years in office, the people of Australia are fed up to the back teeth with Morrison’s Liberals,” he said.

“They’re fed up with corruption, they’re fed up with incompetence, they’re fed up with the blame game, they’re fed up with this bloke who doesn’t hold a hose.

“The truth is, they don’t care. And that, my friends, is why the people of Australia want to toss this mob out.”

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd at the Labor party campaign rally in Brisbane.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd at the Labor party campaign rally in Brisbane. (9News)

Comments on leadership style revisited

Rudd took aim at Morrison’s recent comments on changing his leadership style from being a “bulldozer”.

“Scotty is now hoping he can wave a magic wand, conjure up the fairies at the bottom of the garden and hey presto, vote for me after nearly 10 years in office because I promise to be a softer, gentler Scotty in the future,” he said.

Albanese also referenced Morrison’s pledge to change.

“I’m a builder, that’s just who I am, whether it’s building roads or relationships, building rail links or building connections,” he said.

Leaders joke about NRL support

Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk  during the Labor Campaign Rally at the Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane, Queensland, on Sunday 15 May 2022. ausvotes22 fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk during the Labor Campaign Rally at the Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane, Queensland, on Sunday 15 May 2022. ausvotes22 fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (Alex Ellinghausen)

Palaszczuk joked about Albanese’s NRL leanings as the only exception to his affinity with Queenslanders.

“Albo likes to joke he is as close to being a Queenslander as he can be except for those three nights a year when the State of Origin is on or when his beloved Rabbitohs are in town,” she said.

Albanese said he would always back Queensland, except for those three nights a year during Origin.

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