shorten promises costings next week

Shorten promises costings next week

Australia Business

Questions over the quality of candidates and the cost of promises are expected to be raised as Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten hold their second leaders’ debate of the campaign.

Sky News and The Courier-Mail are hosting the hour-long televised event in Brisbane on Friday night, in front of an audience of 100 undecided voters from 6.30pm AEST.

The Labor leader was rated as the winner of the first debate, held in Perth on Monday.

Despite announcing positive policies on protecting waterways and guaranteeing funds for disability services, both leaders were dogged by questions about candidates on the campaign trail in Melbourne.

Liberal candidate for the Tasmanian seat of Lyons, Jessica Whelan, stood down over a series of anti-Muslim social media posts.

Labor’s candidate for Melbourne, Luke Creasey, also quit over Facebook posts from seven years ago including a rape joke and offensive remarks about women.

The scandal will only serve to undermine public trust in political parties which is already low, according to recent polls.

Mr Shorten is expected to face questions during the “people’s forum” about Labor’s franking credits policy, overhaul of negative gearing of property and policy costings.

The prime minister is likely to be quizzed about his approach to climate policy, health and education.

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