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Prime Minister and Labor hit the road in marginal seats | Blue Mountains Gazette

The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition hit hustings in the fringe seats of Queensland and Victoria to bolster their economic credentials after the coalition’s cost of living budget.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was also on the road, in Perth with Resources Minister Keith Pitt to announce a $1.25 billion loan to ASX-listed Iluka Resources to develop the world’s first integrated rare earths refinery. Australia in Western Australia.

“Demand for critical land is on the rise – a 50-fold increase in demand expected by 2050, as the world becomes electrified, as we move towards net zero emissions.” Mr. Frydenberg told reporters.

“It’s about leveraging our strengths, creating more jobs, securing our supply chains and securing Australia.”

Present in Brisbane alongside Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Labor leader Anthony Albanese promised to ease road congestion in the state capital.

Mr. Albanese used his trip on Monday to announce $200 million to widen the Bruce Highway in the north of the city to eight lanes.

But Mr Albanese admitted the party needed to do better in the state.

“I’m going to be spending a lot of time in Queensland and I’m making this point – I don’t just come to Queensland when there’s a federal election campaign, or to campaign against the Palaszczuk government and do fundraisers like Scott Morrison did it,” he said.

Labor has also promised to cap home care charges, with Mr Albanese saying elderly customers will be able to be sure their money will go straight to care.

Mr Albanese passionately chastised Liberal criticism of Labor’s pledge to fund a pay rise for older workers determined by the Fair Work Commission.

“We heard in the royal commission stories of older Australians lying on the ground, begging, needing help to get up. Is this a lasting circumstance? It’s a major cost. It’s a cost human,” he said.

“I find it astonishing that we reduce humanity to this debate because of a coalition that is just being heartless.”

Meanwhile, Mr Morrison was in Melbourne’s must-see Chisholm headquarters on Monday, improving the government’s manufacturing and learning credentials.

But with Mr Morrison due to call an election later this week, the coalition has only managed a slight rise in the polls thanks to its hefty spending budget.

A poll carried out for The Australian shows that 38% of the primary votes go to Labor – a drop of three percentage points since the last poll – with the coalition improving by one point to 36%.

But on a bipartisan preferential basis, Labor is ahead 54% to 46% for the government, which, if achieved in the May election, could translate into a national swing of more than 5%.

An Ipsos poll published by The Australian Financial Review shows the voting gap between the two parties widened slightly to 10 points, despite the government’s budget offer of $8.6 billion in cost-of-living measures , Labor in front of 55 to 45%.

The coalition is also hitting the NSW Hunter region with an announcement of $41 million for defense force infrastructure to create up to 80 new jobs.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said there was a real chance of bringing the Hunter into the Nationals tent following the retirement of incumbent Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon.

“The reality is, unfortunately, once (Labour) gets into government … no one else will be there for those jobs, those coal jobs and what those coal jobs will look like in the future,” he told AAP.

Australian Associated Press