Labor Leader Anthony Albanese has warned the Morrison government not to get too comfortable with its claim that Queensland is the coalition’s turf during a speech to the party faithful in Brisbane.
Speaking to the Queensland ALP conference on Saturday he chastised the coalition for having run a negative election campaign in May.
“They are are a third-term government with no sense of purpose other than to continue acting like an opposition in exile,” he said.
“They claim Queensland is their turf, and in May it was. But we know that is temporary.”
Queensland was Mr Albanese’s first stop on his so-called listening tour shortly after the party’s unexpected electoral loss in May under former leader Bill Shorten.
He has promised the conference to visit the Sunshine State at least once a month.
“You’ll be seeing a lot of me,” he said.
“I look forward to working with branch members and trade unionists to turn our electoral fortunes around.”
He said one of the messages from the election was that Labor needs to earn the trust of Queenslanders on who can best manage the economy.
But he reminded the audience that it was Labor that put in place reforms that set Australia up for 28 years of consecutive economic growth, while former Labor leader Kevin Rudd and his treasurer Wayne Swan steered the country through the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.
“Labor understands that trickle-down economics means that misery rains down on working people,” he said.
The conference comes as Scott Morrison marked his first year as prime minister.
Yet 12 months on Mr Albanese said the government has no policy to deal with the looming economic challenges.
Economic growth has been downgraded below trend, consumer demand is weak, wages are stagnating, productivity is going backwards, household debt is at record levels and a record number of people are experiencing mortgage stress.
“They just don’t have a plan for the economy, they don’t have a plan for social justice, they don’t have a plan for climate change or the environment,” he said.
“They don’t have a plan for anything except negative politics. And that’s why I am confident that we can turn this around.”