Labor, coalition launch in Brisbane

12/01/2019 Posted by admin

Labor and the coalition will both launch their federal election campaigns in Brisbane.


The coalition launch is scheduled for this Sunday in the Queensland capital.

Labor’s launch will follow on September 1, heading into the final week of the campaign.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s home city of Brisbane also hosted the two major party launches during the 2010 election campaign.

The coalition launch’s program is still being finalised, but it is understood Queensland premier Campbell Newman has been invited.

Mr Newman has been the target of a Labor attack calling his public sector job cuts the “entree” to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s “main course” of federal budget cuts.

Mr Abbott has promised a commission of audit similar to that run in Queensland after the Liberal National Party’s landslide victory in 2012.

The Labor event will be the first time a major party leader has launched a national campaign in his own electorate.

Mr Rudd attended the low-key Labor launch in 2010, but did not play a role.

Former prime minister Bob Hawke introduced Julia Gillard to the party faithful, having ousted Mr Rudd less than two months earlier.

The coalition’s 2010 launch was a set-piece event, marred only by a streaker protesting the treatment of refugees.

Queensland is the key to Labor’s chances of retaining office.

It has 30 lower house seats, half of which are held with margins of five per cent or lower.

Labor holds only eight of these seats and must pick up a swag of others if it is to have any chance of winning on September 7.

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