Pig-barrelling labor ‘exactly the same’ | the lawyer

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The Morrison government has accused Labor of playing ‘cheap politics’ by criticizing grants in marginal seats as the opposition unveils spending commitments ahead of the next federal election. It comes as the Nine newspapers report that Labor spending heavily favors fringe and targeted electorates. Finance Minister Simon Birmingham has gone on the offensive against Labor announcements in marginal seats, saying Labor has done “exactly the same thing” after audits of grant schemes revealed that they overwhelmingly favored coalition and fringe seats. “(Labour leader) Anthony Albanese has been on a spending spree in fringe constituencies,” Mr Birmingham told the ABC on Tuesday. “It’s the opposite of what he said. He says grants shouldn’t be determined on a marginal electorate. Senator Birmingham said the government had made commitments in the last election and that they would held throughout the mandate. “It is the most utter hypocrisy that I denounce here,” he said. “What this means is that Anthony Albanese lied to you when he said he would take a different approach. He lied when he said Labor would not split the grants in different ways.” Opposition housing spokesman Jason Clare said he would not take a course from the finance minister , which had $2.4 billion “which has been found to be impaired by the audit office that it has still not announced what it is going to spend it on. Sky News. “We will make commitments based on advice from local and state governments and any commitments we make, we will ensure that the Department of Infrastructure reviews them on their merits.” But Senator Birmingham also took aim at the caveat when announcing “This will be heartbreaking news, I suspect, for the communities who have seen Anthony Albanese come to their electorate over the past two months and say that a Labor government will provide this new infrastructure,” he said. . ” He did not mi s of asterisk and said ‘Subject to review’ so I think Labor needs to clarify – are local promises real local promises (or) are they trying to drive local communities and voters in marginal votes on the way to the garden?” The tit-for-tat comes as a new Newspoll has revealed that Scott Morrison is the most untrustworthy Prime Minister since the question was first asked to voters in 2008. Forty per cent said the Prime Minister was trustworthy, compared to 44 per cent of Australians who said the same for Mr Albanese. The prime minister was able to reclaim some sentiment from voters when it came to being a more experienced leader, but he was also seen as less empathetic, more arrogant and out of touch, according to the News Corp poll. But Mr Morrison said he expected voter sentiment to turn into “real choice” in the federal election, with the economy a major issue. He is in Western Australia on Tuesday for his first visit to the state since imposing a hard border, as voters in Perth pose as a key battleground. Speaking on Sky News on Monday night, he said the next three to 10 years would be difficult as Australia recovered from the damage inflicted by coronavirus. Meanwhile, Mr Albanese campaigned on cost of living issues, due to record fuel prices. Australian Associated Press

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