Australia: PM launches his party’s campaign days before the vote, polls suggest he will lose

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison officially launched his party’s campaign on Sunday, less than a week before the May 18 vote, while opinion polls suggest he will lose.

Morrison, during the launch of the campaign in Melbourne, focused on the economic management file and said the ruling center-right coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party would support Australians’ aspirations “worthy of respect, simple and fair.”

He pointed out that his party is targeting “a stronger economy that can have the trust of people for more investment, employment and invention and work hard.”

Opinion polls have shown for years that the ruling coalition is second only to the center-left Labor Party led by Bill Shorten, but recent figures suggest the race is raging.

Morrison’s Liberal Party has been plagued by many divisions in the last few years and its leadership has changed three times in four years. “There is a general mood that tends to change,” Shorten told Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

But Morrison criticized Shorten and said the Labor Party had a history of modest economic management. “Spending recklessly is not a vision … it is a burden on current and future generations,” he said.