Political Leaders Target Melbourne Electorates

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Bill Shorten are in Melbourne as election pledges roll on.

A congestion-busting roads promise is the headline announcement from the PM, as the Coalition commits $154 million dollars to road upgrades around the city’s east.

The package for upgrades around Croydon and Ferntree Gully is being drawn from the Coalition’s congestion-busting infrastructure fund.

The Coalition is targeting eight Victorian seats that could fall to Labor in next month’s election.

Meantime, Bill Shorten will focus on health, pledging $250 million to cut waiting times for elective surgery.

Mr Shorten started his day in the safe seat of Gellibrand in the city’s inner-west.

He spoke of the importance of a good health system, while addressing construction workers at the site of the West Gate tunnel.

Both parties have seen a spike in their primary vote in the latest Newspoll but Labor is holding on to its lead over the Coalition after preferences, 52 to 48 per cent.

Scott Morrison remains preferred Prime Minister over Bill Shorten by 11 points, while One Nation has taken a hit to its primary vote, after the gun lobby scandal.

Elsewhere, Clive Palmer will pay sacked workers from his former refinery business all their entitlements.

More than 500 workers were let go from Queensland Nickel, when it collapsed in 2016.

The businessman courted controversy after he failed to pay employees at the Townsville-based facility.

Mr Palmer insists he had no obligation to hand over the money, but says it’s the right thing to do.

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