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AustraliaScott Morrison and Bill Shorten battle over taxes, electric cars and climate change

14:20  29 april  2019
14:20  29 april  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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The first leaders' debate has seen the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader clash over the policies they are taking to the federal election.

Liberal Scott Morrison hammered Labor's Bill Shorten over his party's election commitments and how much they would cost the Australian economy.

But Mr Shorten insisted that was merely Mr Morrison's scare campaign and insisted electing Labor would end six years of Coalition chaos.

The Seven West Media debate was the first leaders' contest to come from Perth, a city where both sides are optimistic of picking up seats in the May 18 election.

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Mr Morrison won the toss and started the debate, vowing to maintain a strong economy and cut taxes for most workers.

Mr Shorten used his opening statement to insist Labor would offer a positive plan for Australia, with greater funding for health care and education.

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Climate change dividing the policies

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The debate quickly changed focus to climate change and environmental policies.

Mr Shorten accused Mr Morrison and the Coalition of not believing in climate change let alone doing anything about it.

"We can't keep ducking the issue, and we're going to take on the Government's scare campaigns because if we don't we're selling out the future," Mr Shorten said.

The Prime Minister insisted no-one on his side of politics was disputing climate change existed.

He said the Coalition's 2030 emissions target would cost $3.5 billion and wanted Labor to clarify how much its policy would cost.

"Australians should know what that's going to cost," Mr Morrison said.

"I want my kids to know what that's going to cost because they're the ones that are going to be paying for it."

How much is an electric car?

Labor wants 50 per cent of all new car sales to be electric vehicles by 2030.

That policy has attracted Coalition criticism that it would force Australians to pay more for vehicles.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also clashed over climate change and health, among other things. Electric vehicle sales make up just 0.2 per cent of new car sales — one of the lowest rates in the OECD — and Labor wants to increase that to 50 per cent by 2030.

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The policy provided an awkward exchange between the two leaders when Mr Shorten was asked how much a popular electric vehicle cost.

Voters having their say early

The leaders were asked why a record number of people, 110,000, had cast their vote on the first day of voting.

Mr Morrison said it merely reflected the changing habits of voters.

But Mr Shorten said it was a sign that people did not want to wait any longer to change the government.

"I think people are keen to vote early; I don't think it is just a question of convenience, I think there's a mood for change in Australia," he said.

"People want to see us take action on climate change, people want to see us look after working and middle-class people."

Tax cuts and franking credits

The first question from the studio audience was directed at Mr Shorten and surrounded Labor's pledge to end franking credits.

The franking credit system was introduced in 2001 to prevent so-called double taxation.

The questioner wanted to know what impact Labor's policy would have on pensioners, tapping into a common Coalition attack on the Opposition.

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Mr Shorten said the policy would not affect anyone on a pension or part-pension, a claim Mr Morrison rejected. He said Labor's policy would hit 50,000 pensioners.

The Opposition Leader said the change to the policy would allow a future Labor government to offer greater support for pensioner dental care.

The influence of Clive Palmer

Another audience member wanted to know what Mr Morrison thought of businessman Clive Palmer, whose United Australia Party is looming large over the election.

The mining magnate today confirmed he would preference the Coalition ahead of Labor on his party's how-to-vote cards.

Mr Morrison told the debate Mr Palmer should pay workers for lost entitlements from the collapse of his Queensland nickel refinery in Townsville.

But he insisted having Labor and the Greens in power would be a greater threat to the economy than Mr Palmer's election.

The Opposition Leader seized on that, insisting the deal with Mr Palmer would haunt Mr Morrison if the Coalition retained government.

"Does anyone who has ever dealt with Clive Palmer think that he just does something for nothing?" Mr Shorten said.

"If Mr Palmer's preferences, which are crucial to Mr Morrison getting some of his MPs elected, which is why they did the deal, what debt is Mr Palmer going to come knocking on the door of the Prime Minister, if in fact Mr Palmer rescues the Prime Minister."

That prompted a tense exchange between the two leaders, with each insisting they would form governments in their own right, without external influences.

The two leaders will face each other in a second debate later this week.

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