Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison

PM extols bush spirit in Cloncurry

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has become emotional while inspecting flood recovery efforts in north Queensland, as likely Labor leader Anthony Albanese doubles down on his opposition to passing the government's full tax plan.

It comes as presumptive Labor leader Anthony Albanese doubles down on his opposition to passing the government's full tax cut plan.

Jim Chalmers has also told colleagues he will not contest Labor's deputy leadership position, but it is understood he remains interested in being the Opposition's spokesman for treasury.

While Mr Morrison is expected to keep senior Ministers in their Cabinet positions, like Peter Dutton, Mathias Cormann and Josh Frydenberg, there is speculation there could be a return to the frontbench for Groom MP John McVeigh.

 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen feeding Brahman calves during a visit to Gipsy Plains near Cloncurry. Picture: AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen feeding Brahman calves during a visit to Gipsy Plains near Cloncurry. Picture: AAP Image/Lukas Coch

A look in for the Queenslander would follow the LNP delivering two more seats to the Coalition at last week's election.

Mr Morrison spent yesterday in Cloncurry, after arriving the previous night to talk with the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency.

In his first trip since being returned as Prime Minister, Mr Morrison became emotional as he spoke with Jacqueline and Robert Curley at Gipsy Plains station.

"This is emotional coming back," he said.

"It's quite overwhelming, to come back and just see the spirit, that's what I love.

"The spirit and the life here, and how, despite everything that happened, the fact that we're all working together to rebuild."

The Curley's lost 2500 head of cattle in the February floods, while a further 1500 calves died from exposure.

The Prime Minister accused Mr Albanese of being just like his predecessor after he refused to back the Coalition's full tax plan.

Labor leader contender Anthony Albanese won’t commit to passing the Coalition’s full tax plan. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Labor leader contender Anthony Albanese won’t commit to passing the Coalition’s full tax plan. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

"Labor haven't learned the lessons of last Saturday. I mean, Bill Shorten did exactly the same thing. This is just Bill Shorten in a different shirt," he said.

"Our tax relief, we took to the Australian people, and it sets out a plan over the next seven years. And that's what Australians voted for on the weekend."

Mr Albanese said Labor would pass the $1080 tax cut expected from July, but would only "consider" proposed reforms to tax brackets for 2022 and 2024.

"It is a triumph of hope, over experience and reality that the Government knows what the economic circumstances are in 2025 or 2023," he said.



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