Morrison sees an optimistic Australian future

The prime minister has focused on optimism and putting Australians back in charge of their financial security in a major launch to the nation days before election day.

Addressing the party faithful at the official launch of the coalition campaign, Scott Morrison sought to put Australians at the center of his re-election speech, speaking directly to his aspirations.

“That’s where I’m focused. In the future. About your future,” he said at the event in Brisbane.

“This election is about you. It is about how we create the right conditions for you to achieve your goals, the ones you have set for yourself and your family.

“Despite what we’ve faced, we stayed true to Australia’s promise. And Australia has prevailed.”

The 50-minute speech focused primarily on the government’s economic credentials and its strong stance on national security.

The centerpiece was changes to retirement, allowing first-time homebuyers to take 40 percent of their retirement up to $50,000 to buy a home.

Seniors 55 and older will also be able to invest $300,000 in their retirement if they sell their home and downsize in hopes of freeing up equity for families.

“The best thing we can do to help Australians achieve financial security in retirement is to help them own their own home,” said Morrison.

“It’s about increasing the options available to you, within your supermarket. Is your money.

The government would also spend an additional $454 million to bolster the Air Force’s combat capability with seven drones over the next two years.

Morrison reiterated his mea culpa, two days after acknowledging he would need to change aspects of how he handled being prime minister after admitting he may “be a bit of a bulldozer”.

“You don’t understand everything right. I have never pretended that I have it. But I’ll tell you something, I never leave anything on the field,” she said.

“(The future) requires a different approach from us as a government to the way we’ve had to be during these difficult years, but it’s also been one that we’ve been preparing for.”

Morrison also tried to dispel criticism that the Liberals were running a small political platform that would lead to “more of the same” if he were re-elected.

“I appreciate your patience today, ladies and gentlemen, but as you can see, I have a big plan,” he said midway through the speech.

“I am looking for a second term because I am just warming up.

“Together, we are building a strong economy and a strong future. Let’s not back down now.”

Campaign spokeswoman Anne Ruston said the prime minister clearly articulated what the government had done and his plan for the future when asked if the campaign had started too negatively.

“In the last week we have to continue to go out and sell our strong message and our strong plan for Australia’s future,” he told the AAP after the speech.

“We will continue to speak to Australians about what their decision on Saturday means to them, their families, their communities and Australia itself.”

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg cheered on the crowd, while former Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott received standing ovations as they entered.

Joyce used her speech to attack Labor policies as interventionist, while criticizing what the coalition had delivered to regional Australia.

“We believe that the individual is above the State. The state is a servant of the individual. The Labor Party believes that the state is above the individual and that the individual is a servant of the state,” he said.

Frydenberg focused his attacks on Labour’s economic credentials.

“In an election about jobs, Anthony Albanese doesn’t know the unemployment rate. In a cost-of-living election, he doesn’t know the cash rate,” he said.

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