The times, he said, demand “a government that steps up to its responsibilities and fulfils its most fundamental roles: to protect our people, to act as a force for good, and to change people’s lives for the better”.
“Just ‘pushing through’ this pandemic is not enough. We need to learn from it, we need to use what the last two years have taught us to build a better future.”
After a summer when many Australians may have felt government has left them to their own devices, it is a message for the times.
The next Federal election will be a choice between a Coalition saying it will reduce the interference of government in voters’ lives but doesn’t mean it and an Opposition saying it will turbocharge the interference and does mean it. Mr Albanese sees Australia as a housing commission high-rise and himself as the Huey Long manager who’ll plonk a free chicken in every pot.