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The Guardian | World | Australia | Australian Elections 2016 - June 6, 2016 (03:18 BST): Australian Elections 2016: Labor Defends Costing as Leaders Address RSL - Politics Live


Paul Karp
Aprox

Monday morning

Who you calling prehistoric?

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Malcolm Turnbull addresses the RSL

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While the Labor leader was speaking to reporters, the treasurer, Scott Morrison, has been chatting with Ray Hadley on 2GB and the subject is a new poll showing the Greens and independents set to win one in four votes.
Morrison said: “There are two real alternatives at this election: one is the re-election of a Coalition government, with the continued stability, or a Labor-Greens-independent minority outcome.”
“Now obviously that is something we all remember from less than three years ago. What that’s a recipe for is continued chaos ... Chris Bowen, the shadow treasurer, has already said he would have to wait 100 days, after the election, before you find out what his economic plan is. And the reason is he’d have to work out what was in the head of his deputy treasurer, Adam Bandt, Nick Xenophon and others.
“It’s the return of that fellow up in Armidale, who together with Rob Oakeshott, caused merry hell, Tony Windsor, with the previous minority government. That’s just a recipe for chaos.”
Hadley said Coalition strategists are telling him the government’s company tax plan is not cutting through. Morrison does not agree, small business owners are telling him “thank you for backing us”, he said. “They are the hope of the side for the economy.”
Hadley backed Bill Shorten’s comments that women by and large organise childcare. Shorten has copped some flack on feminist grounds that it’s a sexist stereotype that women are responsible for care. Hadley said: “I don’t think Shorten is doing anything other than describing how it is.”
Morrison said organising care of children “is a family responsibility” and a responsibility for both parents, however they decide to share the load. Morrison didn’t criticise Shorten, who he said can “explain his own words”, and instead pivoted to how Labor would pay for the $3bn cost of its childcare policy.
“We put savings into the parliament, more than $3bn ... and they opposed [them], which means their cupboard is bare when it comes to paying for this.”
Hadley suggested the Senate could block the savings again after the election, which brings us back to the start of the interview – will the Coalition win and win big enough to do what it’s promising?
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