Australians are being presented with the choice between a “pathological liar” and a “gutless fraud” when it comes to the upcoming Federal Election.
That is how the debate is being framed by the political parties, Nine Political Editor Chris Uhlmann put to Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.
“That’s a pretty-low rent campaign?”
“It’s coming from people who know him best. People who know me best know that what you see is what you get,” Mr Albanese said.
On the topic of real wages, Mr Albanese said he pledges to “put mechanisms in place that put upward pressure on wages rather than downward pressure”.
“By having secure work as part of the Fair Work Act, making sure that you’ve properly defined casualisation, guaranteeing that people should be paid the minimum wage, having same job same pay for all of them, will make a positive difference,” Mr Albanese said.
When questioned about whether his ‘rewiring the nation plan’ aimed at reducing power prices, would actually result in price hikes, Mr Albanese said it categorically would not.
“We’ve done the modelling and they say that prices will do down. And the benefit of what we’re doing with our rewiring the nation plan is we haven’t just come up with this in a vacuum. This is the work that’s been done by the Australian Energy Market Operator.”
Mr Albanese said his energy plan aims to fix Australia’s electricity transmission, brining the “grid into the 21st century”.
The Labor leader also touched on recent talks of China potentially establishing a military base in the Solomon Islands.
“The fact that you have a potential of a base being in our region of which there is no justification for China to have that permanent presence in the Solomons is of real concern,” Mr Albanese said.
He criticised the Morrison government for not taking more decisive action around diplomacy.
“Which ministers have been dispatched to the Solomons to engage over recent weeks? Why is this not an absolute priority for this government? They’ve dropped the ball.”