Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison will make their final pitches to voters today. (ABC News: Marco Catalano)
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will attempt to invoke the spirit of Gough Whitlam as he and Prime Minister Scott Morrison make their final pitches to voters today.
- The two men will deliver their final campaign speeches just two days out from voting
- The Opposition Leader will invoke Gough Whitlam’s ‘It’s Time’ speech
- The Prime Minister will argue now is not the time for a change of government
The two men will deliver their last major campaign speeches just two days out from polling day.
Mr Shorten will return his party to Bowman Hall in Blacktown in Sydney’s west, the same place the late prime minister delivered his famous “It’s Time” speech in 1972.
Weeks later, Mr Whitlam became the first Labor prime minister in 23 years.
Labor sources have told the ABC the choice of venue was deliberate by Mr Shorten, who wanted a location that not only spoke to the party but also to the nation, harking back to the calls for generational change that marked Mr Whitlam’s ascendancy to the top job.
Gough Whitlam campaigns on the It’s Time slogan in 1972. (National Archives of Australia: A6180, 5/12/72/6)
Speaking in Canberra, Mr Morrison will use an address to the National Press Club to argue now is not the time for Australia to turn back to Labor.
“Now is the time to get on and keep on with the work of building our economy, by backing in the choices Australians are wanting to make every day and to enable them to plan for their future with confidence,” the Prime Minister will say.
“Labor are proposing a big-taxing, big-spending agenda, once again at a time when Australians can least afford the bill that they will be forced to pay, not just over the next three years, but at least the next decade.”
Labor sources have told the ABC that Mr Shorten’s speech will focus on issues the nation is grappling with today.
Most notable amongst them is climate change, an issue Labor repeatedly attacked the Coalition over during the past six years.
The criticism is twofold — that the Liberal and National parties have not done enough to combat climate change, and that some members of the Coalition refuse to accept climate science.
Carbon emissions and the environment have been front and centre of Mr Shorten’s pitch to voters across the country, but particularly in the progressive state of Victoria and further north in Queensland, where he has argued the effects of climate change have been seen firsthand with damage to pristine environments such as the Great Barrier Reef.