Scott Morrison vows to be more sympathetic if re-elected as Australian PM

Australia’s PM Scott Morrison said what matters most as PM is “get the job done”. (file)

Sydney:

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today promised to be more sympathetic if he wins re-election, as his government backs the opposition Labor Party, a week before the general election.

Australians march to polling stations on May 21, with recent polls showing PM Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition on track to lose to centre-left Labour, ending nine years of Conservative government.

PM Scott Morrison, whose standing with voters has fallen since mid-2020, on Friday admitted to being “bulldozed” but said he would change after the election.

He continued that theme today, telling reporters during the campaign in Melbourne that what matters most as prime minister is “getting the job done”, but that in the future “my objectives and my concerns will be explained and very sympathetic”. promise.

Among criticisms of PM Morrison in his time in office, he has claimed 24 lives and left thousands homeless for his handling of the bushfires, and his response to a lack of COVID-19 vaccines and then rapid antigen tests.

Asked why he waited until the last week of the campaign to tell voters that he would change, Morrison said: “I am listening carefully to people”.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese campaigned in Darwin today, where he announced that if elected, he would spend A$750 million ($520 million) to strengthen Australia’s universal health plan.

Labor promises a “strong medical fund” to promote the plan and claims it was a crisis in the care provided by general practitioners across the country.

“Universal healthcare is something that is a labor creation, labor will always protect it and labor will always strengthen it,” Albanese told reporters.

The party sees the security of Australia’s cherished medical system as a key gap between it and the government, which has campaigned vigorously on claims of better economic management and national security.

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