Shorten says he's not offended by Albanese's Labor manifesto speech
Bill Shorten Shorten says he's not offended by Albanese's Labor manifesto speech
Opposition leader plays down talk of rift and says he encourages his team to âput forward their views on the fair goâ
Bill Shorten h as played down suggestions of tension with Anthony Albanese over a speech in which Albanese laid out his Labor manifesto with a greater emphasis on aspiration, growth and cooperation with business.
On Sunday Shorten said there was ânothing in that speech which caused me any offence at allâ when asked about Albaneseâs Gough Whitlam address delivered on Friday.
The speech from Shortenâs rival in the 2013 leadership ballot has been widely interpreted as a sign Albanese will put pressure on Shorten in the event that Labor stumbles in five byelections to be held on 28 July â" and the Coalition has been eager to play up suggestions of division in the opposition.
Despite the risks to Labor in two marginal seats facing byelections, a new poll by ReachTel for the Australia Institute, released on Sunday, showed that Laborâs Susan Lamb had improved to a 50-50 two-party-preferred result in Longman from a 52-48 deficit earlier in June.
The same poll contain ed bad news for the Liberal candidate Georgina Downer in Mayo, finding that she trails Centre Allianceâs Rebekha Sharkie by 38% to 62%.Anthony Albanese lays out his Labor manifesto: reform, growth, aspiration Read more
Campaigning in Longman with Lamb on Sunday, Shorten said he encouraged âmy members of the united Labor team to put forward their views on the fair goâ.
The Labor leader said he had had an âamicable chatâ with Albanese since Fridayâs speech. âHe said he thought [reaction to the speech] was overblown and I agreed with him,â Shorten said.
When asked if Albanese should have given Shorten more credit, he replied that in the version of the speech he saw there âwas some reference to me, which is niceâ.
Albanese said it was not good enough for Labor to argue it should be elected because âthe other mob are uselessâ, adding that âfrom Bill Shorten right through Laborâs team, that is not our approachâ.
He also credited Shorten and the shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, for âacting in the reform traditionâ for proposing changes to negative gearing and other taxation.
Albanese said Labor âdoesnât have to agree with business on issues such as company tax rates, but we do have to engage constructively with business large and smallâ.
Shorten said Labor was ânot concerned about ourselvesâ.
âWeâre concerned about the people,â he said. âI think most Australians are sick of politicians talking about ourselves, they want us to talk about the people.â
Malcolm Turnbull weighed in on Sunday, saying Labor had demonstrated again and again they were âhopelessâ at economic management and its alternative plan in opposition was even worse.
âNo wonder Anthony Albanese is criticising it,â the prime minister told reporters in Sydney. âHe must be just tearing his hair out to see the way Bill Shorten is abandoning literally years o f what the Labor party used to stand for.â
On Sunday the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, said Laborâs opposition to cutting company tax to 25% for companies earning more than $50m âputs Australian workers at a competitive disadvantageâ.
â[Shorten] should be condemned for that and, I mean, I agree with Anthony Albanese,â he said.Coalition will move up income tax cuts if budget improves, Cormann says Read more
Shorten responded that the government was âdesperate to leap on any distractionâ and was trying to âbully Labor and bully me into voting for these tax cuts this week with some simplistic name calling about being anti-big businessâ.
âLet me make clear my views on big business: I will work with big business, I just wonât work for big business.
âIâm not anti-big business. Iâm just pro-worker. Iâm pro-small business. Iâm pro-farmer, pro-pensioner.â
On Sunday the shadow finance min ister, Jim Chalmers, said he believed Labor had engaged constructively with business under Shorten.
âI had a look at that speech that Anthony Albanese gave after I saw that there was a bit of a fuss about it in the papers, and I donât necessarily think that Anthonyâs interpretation is different from the broader interpretation from Bill and from others,â he said.
Australian Associated Press contributed to this reportTopics
- Bill Shorten
- Anthony Albanese
- Labor party
- Australian politics
- Business (Australia)
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