The official Labor Party campaign launch has begun at Optus Stadium in Perth.
The event began with a word of welcome to the country and the national anthem. Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas and former Prime Ministers Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd are in attendance.
The Labor candidate for Swan, Zaneta Mascarenhas, was the first member of the party to deliver a speech (regular readers of this blog will know that the opposition is hoping to win up to three seats in WA).
During his speech, Mascarenhas said Australia was ready for a change of government.
“I’m running because I want to stand up for my community in parliament,” she said.
“I think we want more. It’s time to change. Australia is so ready and I want to be part of that change.
“The spirit of the Albanian-Labour government will be amazing…as has been the spirit of all Labor governments. No more pitting mate against mate or state against state. An Australian government that believes in Australia and supports all Australians.
Labor Senator Penny Wong then took to the stage to say the May 21 election presents Australians with a “tough choice”.
“My friends, Australia should have a government as decent as its people,” Wong said.
“Our great nation deserves a great future. And on May 21, Australians have the opportunity to choose that future. Never doubt how difficult a choice this is. Never doubt that who governs matters. The most difficult days of the last three years have shown us that. The smoke from the black fires of summer had barely cleared when COVID-19 hit us…and then the floods came.
“Yes, the worst times bring out the best in Australians. But, too often, their strength has not been matched by leadership.
The Labor senator added that her team was “united” and “focused”, while the Morrison government was a “scum posing as a coalition”.
‘Anthony Albanese will bring us together as Australians, as Labor has always done,’ she said.