SUBJECTS: Review of the 2019 Federal Election; Government’s lack of economic policy.
ANTHONY ALBANESE, LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: We have got our own review into the election campaign chaired by Jay Weatherill and Craig Emerson. They’re going around the country. They were in Tasmania on the weekend. We will continue to make the assessment as to why we didn’t do as well as we were hoping to, to make sure not so we look backwards but so that we have that information going forwards. The key for us is looking towards making sure that we win in 2022.
JOURNALIST: Do you have any thoughts of your own as to why?
ALBANESE: Look I have said that there’s a range of issues that we had in terms of the election campaign. I think we need a much clearer message in terms of the way forward, in terms of the economy, in terms of living standards. And I think the key figure today is the quite disastrous economic figures that we’re seeing from this Government. This Government has a political strategy but they don’t have an economic policy. They don’t have a plan to deal with stagnant wages, with very low economic growth, with low consumer demand, with productivity growth going backwards. All of the key economic indicators at the moment are negative for the Government and the Government’s very complacent about it. They’re just determined to worry about political strategy. What I’d like to see from the Government is more considered policy and less politics. Thanks very much.