Jim Chalmers denies that Tanya Plibersek was excluded from the Labor party’s election campaign | Liverpool City Champion

Labor leader Jim Chalmers continued to quash claims that his colleague Tanya Plibersek was benched, saying she was “an important part” of the election campaign.

The Treasury spokesperson was joined Friday morning by Fowler candidate Senator Kristina Keneally at Reid’s seat in Sydney’s mid-west, where Liberal MP Fiona Martin holds a slim 3.2% margin of preference for both parties.

Inflation rates hit their highest level in 20 years this week, putting further pressure on focus on what parties will do about the steep rise in the cost of living.

The hopeful treasurer said this was another instance of Scott Morrison failing to take responsibility.

“When things are good they take all the credit and when times are bad they take absolutely no responsibility,” Dr Chalmers said.

But senior officials were also asked why the party’s spokeswoman for women and education, Tanya Plibersek, was not joining frontline colleagues in Western Australia on Sunday for the official campaign launch. .

Shadow Treasury spokesman Jim Chalmers and NSW Senator Kristina Keneally at Homebush on Friday morning. Photo: AAP

But Dr Chalmers has denied the claims, pointing to his various “exceptional” media appearances since the election was announced.

“Tanya Plibersek has done as much, if not more, media than most of her colleagues,” he said.

“She is making an absolutely exceptional contribution to this campaign.

“Any objective observer would conclude from that.”

Dr Chalmers was also asked to respond to comments by Howard Government Treasurer Peter Costello, who criticized the Reserve Bank of Australia as being out of step with the government and “late”.

Mr Costello’s comments refer to the central bank’s decision to delay a hike in cash rates, which he said shows that “Australian housewives had a better grip on inflation than the council did.” ‘Administrative Reserve Bank’.

The job choice for Treasurer responded that the RBA was independent of the federal government and “rightly so”.

“We don’t guess [the RBA] and we don’t anticipate his decisions,” Dr Chalmers said.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg did not condemn Mr. Costello’s comments on Friday morning on ABC Radio National, but acknowledged that it was in the “best interests of the community” that government and central bank policies be aligned.

“During the pandemic, monetary policy and fiscal policy were aligned and it was in the interest of the community,” he said.

“The net result now is that our recovery is stronger than that of all the major advanced economies in the world. [and] that fiscal and non-monetary policy will normalize.

“Over time, we have ended these emergency payments, and the Reserve Bank will make its own decisions in the weeks to come.”

The Labor campaign will travel to Western Australia on Friday, where Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will join it after recovering from COVID-19.

Mr Albanese said Labor deputy leader Richard Marles had tested positive for COVID-19 and would remain in self-isolation until he recovered.

This Plibersek story a “massive part” of the Labor Party campaign: Chalmers first appeared on The Canberra Times.

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