Morrison eyes optimistic Australian future | Liverpool City Champion

The Prime Minister focused on optimism and put Australians back in charge of their financial security in a major address to the nation days after Election Day.

Addressing party loyalists at the official coalition campaign launch, Scott Morrison sought to put Australians at the center of his re-election speech, addressing their aspirations directly.

“That’s where my focus is. On the future. On your future,” he said at the event in Brisbane.

“This election is about you. It’s about how we create the right conditions for you to achieve your goals, those you have set for yourself and your family.

“Despite what we faced, we stayed true to Australia’s promise. And Australia prevailed.”

The 50-minute speech mainly focused on the government’s economic credentials and its tough stance on national security.

The centerpiece was superannuation changes, allowing first-time home buyers to take 40% of their superannuation up to $50,000 to buy a home.

People over 55 will also be able to contribute $300,000 to their superannuation if they sell their homes and downsize in hopes of freeing up inventory for families.

“The best thing we can do to help Australians achieve financial security in retirement is to help them own their own homes,” Mr Morrison said.

“It’s about increasing the choices available to you, within your super. It’s your money.”

The government would also spend an additional $454 million to bolster the Air Force’s combat capability with seven drones over the next two years.

Mr Morrison reiterated his mea culpa, two days after acknowledging he would have to change some aspects of the way he handled the Prime Minister’s job after admitting he could ‘be a bit of a bulldozer’.

“You don’t get it all. I never claimed I did it. But I tell you what, I never leave anything on the pitch,” he said.

“(The future) requires a different approach from us as government than the mode we have had to be in over these many difficult years, but it is also the one we have prepared ourselves for.”

Mr Morrison also sought to dispel criticism that the Liberals were running a petty political platform that would lead to ‘more of the same’ if he were re-elected.

“I appreciate your patience today, ladies and gentlemen, but as you can see I have a big plan,” he said midway through his speech.

“I’m running for a second term because I’m just starting to warm up.

“Together, we are building a strong economy and a strong future. Let’s not turn back now.”

Campaign spokeswoman Anne Ruston said the Prime Minister made it clear what the government had done and its plan for the future when asked if the campaign had started too negatively.

“Over the past week, we need to continue to come out and sell our strong message and solid plan for Australia’s future,” she told AAP after the speech.

“We will continue to speak to Australians about what their decision on Saturday means for them, their families, their communities and for Australia itself.”

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg warmed up the crowd, while former Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott received standing ovations as they entered.

Mr Joyce used his speech to attack Labor policies as interventionist, while touting what the coalition had brought to regional Australia.

“We believe that the individual is above the state. The state is at the service of the individual. The Labor Party believes that the state is above the individual and the individual is at the service of the individual. state service,” he said.

Mr. Frydenberg has focused his attacks on Labor’s economic credentials.

“In a jobs election, Anthony Albanese doesn’t know the unemployment rate. In a cost of living election, he doesn’t know the cash rate,” he said.

Australian Associated Press

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