Morrison sees Australian future optimistic

The prime minister focused on optimism and putting Australians back in charge of their financial security in a grand speech to the nation days before polling day.

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

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

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

“Despite what we face, we remain true to Australia’s promise. And Australia prevailed.”

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

The centerpiece was the retirement changes, allowing early homebuyers to receive 40% of their retirement up to $50,000 to buy a home.

Those over 55 will also be able to put $300,000 into their retirement if they sell their home and downsize in hopes of freeing up inventory for families.

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

“It’s about increasing the options available to you within your super. It’s 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 that he would need to change aspects of how he handled the prime minister’s post after admitting he might “be a bit of a bully”.

“You don’t understand everything right. I never pretended to. But I say one thing, 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 over these many difficult years, but it’s also been one that we’re preparing for.”

Morrison also sought to allay criticism that liberals were running a small political platform that would lead to “more of the same” if reelected.

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

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

“Together, we are building a strong economy and a strong future. We are not going back now.”

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

“Over the past week, we have to continue to go out and sell our strong message and our strong plan for the future of Australia,” she told AAP after the speech.

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

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg warmed up the crowd, while former Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott received a standing ovation as they entered.

Joyce used his speech to attack Labor policies as interventionist, while extolling what the coalition had done for 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 the individual is a servant of the state,” he said.

Frydenberg focused his attacks on the Labor Party’s economic credentials.

“In a jobs election, 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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