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.”
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.”
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
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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