Scott Morrison is set to warn Australians that the country risks dropping into a recession if Labor win the next election, according to a new report.
The claim comes as the Coalition performed a dramatic U-turn in the first Newspoll of the New Year, receiving its highest ratings since Malcolm Turnbull’s exit.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Morrison will make a speech on Tuesday warning of the risks of Bill Shorten getting in to power while also vowing to oversee the creation of 1.25 million new jobs within five years.
“The strength of our economy determines our choices and opportunities,” Morrison will say in the speech, according to the news outlet. “It underpins our quality of life, it enables our way of life. I do not want Australians to learn just how important a strong economy is to each of them, by enduring the cruel lessons of a weaker economy under Bill Shorten and Labor.”
Meanwhile, it comes after three ministers have revealed in the last week alone that they plan to step down at the next poll. However, it doesn’t appear to have immediately harmed support for the Coalition, as the latest Newspoll shows support has risen.
Today I’ve made a new jobs pledge under our Government. We’re for jobs. They’re proof of our ability to manage and deliver a stronger economy. A job creating economy makes stronger families and stronger communities #StrongerAus pic.twitter.com/Xpx6EGe4O1
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 28, 2019
Support for Morrison’s government increased by two points, according the poll published by The Australian on Monday night. However, it also showed Labor remain ahead 53 per cent to 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
While the PM refused to comment on the results on Tuesday, he ramped up his jobs vow in an interview with Nine News and said: “I’m announcing today our pledge for 1.25m jobs over the next five years. They are the numbers that matter.”
Meanwhile, Morrison continues to lead opposition leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister at 43 per cent to 36 per cent.
The Newspoll of 1,634 voters was taken between Thursday and Sunday.
Frontbenchers Nigel Scullion, Kelly O’Dwyer and Michael Keenan announced their plans to retire this week, with Keenan revealing he will quit politics at the next election on Friday. He currently serves as the member for Stirling in Perth.
The Human Services and Digital Transformation Minister issued a statement through Mathias Cormann, the Minister for Finance and the Public Service. He explained that spending time with family was one of the reasons he was set to depart.
Just hours later, Nationals senator Scullion became the second cabinet minister in the Morrison government to announce his retirement from parliament – on Australia Day.
“Today I announce that I will not be re-contesting the upcoming Federal Election,” he said in a statement shared on Facebook. “It has been the greatest honour of my life to serve the people of the Northern Territory for the last 17 years in the Australian Senate.
“I thank all Territorians for their support over this time. I have been proud to be a member of the Country Liberal Party – the only party that truly represents the real Territory.”
Both of those shock resignations came days after Dwyer said in a statement, seen by the Herald Sun: “After much agonising and with a heavy heart, I am announcing that I will not re-contest the next election.
“I no longer want to consistently miss seeing my children get up in the morning or go to bed at night and I want to know that when I am around my time with them is not constantly disrupted.”