Albanese outlines the argument of Queensland voters

As the federal election enters its final race to the finish line, Anthony Albanese has turned to the Queensland party faith in an effort to boost Labor’s support in the crucial state.

Speaking at a rally in Brisbane during the final week of the campaign, the opposition leader outlined his pitch for the future, should he win office on Saturday.

He told the demonstration that the country could not make another mandate of the same government.

“We can’t afford three more years of the same, three more years of a prime minister who looks at the problems we face and says ‘that’s not my job,'” he told the crowd on Sunday.

“When you vote for a Labor candidate, you are voting to improve the lives of yourself, your children, your community, your state of Queensland and your nation.”

The rally was held in the Brisbane electorate, supported by the government by 4.9 percent.

Albanese hopes to make up ground in Queensland when Australians go to the polls, and Labor only won six seats in the Sunshine State in the last election.

The opposition leader was introduced by many prominent Queensland politicians, including former premier Kevin Rudd, shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers and state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

The Sydney-based Labor leader has promised to back Queensland every day except during State of Origin.

“You can choose a visiting Queensland prime minister, even when there is no election,” Albanese said.

“You can choose a government that wants to work with Queensland, not against Queensland.”

Earlier in the day, the opposition leader pledged $1 billion for Australia’s advanced manufacturing industry if Labor wins the government.

He also outlined at the rally more than $700 million to improve the Bruce Highway in Queensland.

Albanese used the speech to argue that the coalition government was incapable of change, after Scott Morrison promised he would change his style as prime minister.

“He said it was a bulldozer, and when it was pointed out that a bulldozer rips things apart, today he has compared himself to a car,” he said.

“If this government is a car, it has been stopped for a long time… it is fuming, it has little fuel left and the wheels are falling off… the truth is that it is not going to change because it cannot change.”

Rudd said there was a growing appetite for change.

“(Scott Morrison) takes Australians for a bunch of chumps,” he said,

“Morrison is saying ‘vote for me and I promise to change my personality’… What planet is this guy from?”

Albanese also pledged support for young Australians, backing plans to set up a dedicated youth office should Labor form a government.

“Young Australians know perhaps better than any of us that we need to take action on climate change seriously,” he said.

“We have a responsibility to them and a duty to put the next generation in the best possible position to continue to make our nation stronger.”

Earlier on Sunday, Albanese appeared on ABC’s Insiders, where he promised to work quickly to establish a Voice in Parliament for Australia’s indigenous people.

“I will consult with the First Nations people about the schedule. I will communicate with the entire parliament… to try to secure as much support as possible,” she said.

“This is a change that has been a long time coming. We’ve been talking about it since at least the end of the last century.”

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