Bill Shorten and PM lay out their plans for the year ahead

The party leaders have each made their start-of-the-year pitch to the Australian public.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are ready to rumble.

It’s that time of year again. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have laid out their plans for the year and now it’s time for Australians to decide who’s ideas are best. 

Mr Shorten spoke at the National Press Club yesterday  to pitch his agenda to the public. Today, Mr Turnbull had his chance to bite back, issuing a detailed plan to increase jobs and drive down costs. 

So who really has our best interests in mind?

Mr Turnbull spoke about a number of major issues, including immigration, energy prices and national security, while Mr Shorten made a plea to the people.

Notably, neither made mention of seniors or those on the pension and how they would help them. Mr Turnbull made it clear that energy prices and creating jobs were big ticket items for the year and tried to angle himself as a businessman, not a politician.

“The battlelines have been drawn: it is clear that the coalition stands for cheaper energy. We are approaching this issue clear-eyed, pragmatic and objective. Labor’s approach is driven simply by ideology, heedless of cost or the thousands of jobs that it will destroy,” he said.

“I came into politics at the ripe old age of 50. My interest is in results, I’m not a political hack, I’m not a political animal. You’ve got to have an all-of-the-above strategy. What do we want to achieve? We want to achieve affordable energy, you’ve got to achieve reliable energy. Yes, coal does have a role in the future. You’d think if anyone had an interest in doing something smart with clean coal it would be us, but we don’t have one power station capable of doing it.

“We need to strip the ideology out of it.”

He also took a swipe at Labor, saying he was committed to keeping health affordable for everyone.

“Contrary to Labor’s lies we are strengthening Medicare,” he said.

While the PM mostly kept it focused on the economy, Mr Shorten took his chance to have a go at the antics of pollies over the past year, saying Australians were fed up.

“There is one certainty in 2017, people are disengaged from politics and distrustful of politicians,” Mr Shorten told the room.

“Too many Australians think the political system is broken and more than a few don’t trust us to fix it. We need to lift our game.”

He said that Labor’s big focus for the year will be jobs and helping the country’s middle class.

“In 2017, my team and I have three major economic priorities, jobs, jobs and jobs,” Mr Shorten told the National Press Club today.

“It is all priorities – our priorities are people, our priorities are jobs.

“We think if you look after the working-class, middle class of this country, the work looks after itself.”

So what do you think of their plans and whose do you support? Are you disappointed they didn’t mention seniors or pensioners?

  1. Garry Bates  

    What originally destroyed the economy in the USA and Britain was the neoconservative policies followed by Reagan and Thatcher because they wiped out the middle class. Howard followed these principles as have Abbott and Turnbull. The only relief that aged pensioners have had was under Rudd and Gillard (that was the last time there was an actual raise in the pensions). If we want the economy to prosper, we must ensure that money goes to those who will spend it, the poor, the pensioners, the battlers and the middle class, not the Billionaires.

  2. rikda  

    The ultra right has made a shameless art form of telling us what we want to hear, then going straight back to trying to make 2+2=5. Mal does a great job of selling the fog.
    Abbott’s “Yes I lied & I’m glad I did”, confession to parliament should have put the LNP back in opposition but it didn’t.
    Garry bates pretty much laid it out, but, who knows, cognitive dissonance is the jockey of loyalty. Crazy.

  3. Margaret  

    Don’t trust either of them , lying through their teeth , so crooked they can’t lay straight in bed.

  4. Why should we believe any of these so called politicians. All any of them seem to be doing is lining their own pockets and to hell with everyone else. Sure energy prices do need to come down, especially in South Australia, but can we trust Turnball to see that through, I doubt it. Seniors and low income earners are struggling and struggling very hard to make ends meet, yet nothing has been said about helping them out. We need leaders that say something and then stick to it, someone like Pauline Hanson, she is for the people of this once great country, not for what she can take out of it.

  5. Joy Anne Bourke  

    WHY should we trust them, they are only out to make the Rich richer and the poor Poorer.
    Why Turnbull are you not listening to the people instead of making your own decisions?????
    Pensioners and I am one since you took power are over $60 a fortnight behind because of you.
    I was managing OK until you took power you Moron.

    • Guy Flavell  

      Joy, you’re quite right, energy costs really are scary for our pensioners.
      I sorta disagree that it’s all MT’s fault entirely though. I think you’ve perhaps forgotten
      the constant pressure being exerted by all those imbecilic climate change apostles, the ABC, the UN, the loony Greens and the ALP’s ridiculous 50% RET policy. I just can’t
      believe that Australia cannot produce clean coal to offer us (and the World) a highly satisfactory cheap energy supply.

  6. Guy Flavell  

    My recommendations to both men for 2017 are:-
    1) Mr. Turnbull … just stand down immediately as PM. Let your party appoint a truly
    centralist non-factionalized Leader who can staunch the drain of support for our
    once-great LNP.
    2) Mr. Shorten … just stand down immediately as ALP leader. You are a complete waste
    of space with your obstructionism to sensible economic reforms, lack of viable policies
    and an embarrassing loyalty to your corrupt union mates. Give Albo a go as I honestly
    believe he has the interests of most Australians as his main political motives.

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