Federal election 2022 live updates: Penny Wong labels Scott Morrison’s handling of Pacific security ‘surprising’

Scott Morrison is continuing his “I know you don’t like me, but at least I don’t lead the Labor party” pitch to voters .

Could it work? Of course.

“You don’t get every call right and I’ve been pretty open and honest about that”

Prime Minister @ScottMorrisonMP says the election “is not a popularity contest, it’s about who can best lead Australia” over the next three years. pic.twitter.com/Vsdvc7rKev

— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) May 4, 2022

Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie says Scott Morrison needs to “get his boots on” and hear what people on the ground are saying about a federal integrity commission – they want one.

They want accountability and they want politicians held accountable and so they should – the amount of money that we’re on and the job that we’re supposed to be doing is the highest office in the nation. So we should be on watching if the Australian people out there have no trust in us. We’ve got to do something and he’s got no other choice and it’s about time we were looked at under the same situation as anybody else that’s in a normal workplace and it needs to be done. I want that trust installed back around this country. And the only way to do it is by an Icac and having political police on the beat. And that’s what we need. We need to be held accountable, not just by the newspapers and journalists, but we need to be accountable. If you’ve got nothing to hide, just like any other normal person would have to go to a court and you go and explain yourself in front of a judge or a jury. That’s what we do.

That’s normal behaviour. But it seems politicians don’t have to, don’t have to raise themselves to that standard. Well, guess what? It’s about bloody time they did. And they’ve got no choice because there’s no trust left. And they have to, it’s as simple as that.

Jacqui Lambie says she also believes a hung parliament would deliver better outcomes for Australia:

I think having a hung parliament is probably better for democracy when you’ve got to try and push things through, especially bills and legislation from my experience in the Senate, and you’ve got that balance of power, you try and make it you try and make them better. That’s what you do. You don’t worry about sort of doing the deals. What you do is make those bills and legislation better. That doesn’t just suit your own state but suits the whole nation without any conflicts of interest.

Jacqui Lambie is now speaking to the same program and is asked about how voters in Tasmania are feeling:

So what I will say is this, three years ago when we were six or eight weeks out when we thought Bill Shorten might win, and then he started to wean off in the end – I can tell you now, that is not happening this time to Anthony Albanese. As a matter of fact, I think he’s actually picked up on a whole new level ahead of Morrison down here on Tassie and I think that has got a lot to do with the cost of living.

Simon Birmingham is asked about the “scare” campaign surrounding voting for independents, after John Howard said electing even one teal independent candidate would “destroy” the Liberal government.

Birmingham is more measured (but not by much):

We want voters in those electorates as we do in every electorate to think carefully about the choice … people should think about the fact that the so-called teal independents, often have a history of involvement in the Labor party, are refusing to say who they would support to form government and, if they got elected, would likely be part of a very unstable and risky Labor-Greens independent alliance that would see higher rates of spending, higher pressure on interest rates and higher taxes.

Simon Birmingham is on ABC radio RN, speaking about the government’s pledge to help create 400,000 small businesses over the next five years.

He says that’s a net figure but can’t say how many will close.

Patricia Karvelas says she has some numbers:

Nearly 365,000 small businesses were launched in 2020 2021 alone – 277,000 were closed though.

So is 400,000 over five years that ambitious?

Birmingham says it’s the net figure. So how many will close in those five years?

I don’t have on the top of my head the ins and outs on a year-by-year basis.

Good morning

We have made it to day 25.

With today, there are about 17 days left.

If you break it down into coffees, that’s about 12,457. It would be irresponsible to break that down into alcoholic drinks.

Penny Wong has been back in front of the cameras making sure everyone remembered the handling of the Solomon Islands and the Pacific under Scott Morrison’s watch. She told ABC TV:

Quite a lot of the way in which prime minister – Mr Morrison – has dealt with this issue has surprised me. I think Australians have been surprised.

We know that we were warned about this. Australia was warned about this in August last year and, despite that and a number of other warning signs, I don’t see – I don’t think Australians see at a political level, actions being taken that reflects the imperative for Australia to continue to work to be the partner of choice. This is not an optional extra, this is fundamental to our security.

Labor is not planning on letting that drop but it’s cost of living that remains the main focus. Morrison has started the morning with the commercial TV breakfast shows because that’s who he needs to win. He’s focused on the “international pressures” message as well as the “economic shield” he says the government provided, rounding it off with a “who do you trust?” message.

We’re going to be hearing this for 17 more days. Make it about 14,345 coffees.

We’ll bring you all the day’s events as they happen. It looks as though it will be a busy morning so let’s jump straight in.

source: theguardian.com