| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

Opposition leader offers Australia ‘a better future’ in campaign launch

Anthony Albanese, Australia’s opposition leader, promised the country a “better future” in a campaign kickoff that was low on controversial ideas but heavy on togetherness and optimism.

The Labor Party’s leader vowed to “stop the climate conflicts” by generating thousands of employment in a green-energy transition based on electric cars, as well as revitalizing large infrastructure projects and assisting low-income people in purchasing houses.

After years of disastrous bushfires, floods, and COVID-19, Labor is widely expected to win the May 21 federal election and depose Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition.

Hoping to return to government after nine years, Albanese’s center-left party is using a low-risk strategy. The former infrastructure minister said Labor has learned from past losses that came amid protracted leadership tension and policies seen by some as overly divisive.

  • Reuters