Labor kicks off election with attack on 'fake' Scott Morrison and 'better future' promise

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese. Picture: Elesa Kurtz
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Labor has launched into federal election mode, promising a greener, more sustainable economy with stronger investment in education while targeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison's "pathological problem with the truth".

Party stalwarts, who have remained in opposition for more than eight years, kicked off the opposition's rally at an event in Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese's electorate of Grayndler on Sunday.

Mr Albanese's speech focused on what a Labor government from 2022 would achieve for Australia's recovery while his deputy, Richard Marles, focused his efforts on criticising the embattled Mr Morrison, who has faced a gruelling sitting fortnight in Parliament.

Among Labor's core promises for the federal election, expected by May next year, is a $1.2 billion package to offer nearly half-a-million free TAFE places to cover a skills shortage hindering the nation's pandemic recovery.

Universities will also score a boost under the funding package, with an additional 20,000 places in 2022 and 2023 to open up.

It comes as Mr Albanese and climate and energy spokesperson Chris Bowen on Friday announced a pledge to cut emissions by 43 per cent by 2030.

The Labor leader said the promises would only become reality if the country voted for change at the 2022 election.

"Because in Australia, in tough times, every one of us has to 'hold a hose'," he said on Sunday.

"Now we all want to put the past two years behind us. To do that, we need to put this government behind us."

While the Opposition leader focused on the future, his second-in-charge took aim at the current government.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during Question Time. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during Question Time. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Parliament's last two sitting weeks were marred with chaos and criticism, as the Prime Minister struggled to maintain his authority over the Coalition.

The government's one-seat majority was tested a number of times as members of Mr Morrison's backbench threatened to cross the floor over vaccine mandates, a federal ICAC and territory rights.

But as the curtains closed on the final sitting fortnight, serious allegations of alleged abuse against a senior minister topped off the tumultuous year.


Mr Marles instead narrowed in on the man on top of it all, calling Mr Morrison "a character from a low-rent, late-night commercial" and "a liar".

"Everything about Scott Morrison is fake. It's all made up," the deputy opposition leader said, alleging his love for rugby league club, the Cronulla Sharks, was concocted as a marketing strategy.

"He never tells the truth - that he switched codes and switched teams, that the Sharks is an affectation not a passion, because it suits him politically.

"And that's because he has a pathological problem with the truth. Scott Morrison lies for a living."

The date for next year's federal election has yet to be set but both parties were gearing up for the fight of their lives.

One will look to hold on to the reins of a shaky carriage while the other hopes to capitalise on their failures in order to avoid more than a decade in opposition.

Whatever the result might be in six months' time, the integrity election has just begun.

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