| 11.04,19. 03:01 PM |
Shorten pitches health, education, energy
Mr Shorten wants wages to rise and the Fair Work Commission to consider a "living wage". A Labor government will create more jobs that are not just casualised, part-time jobs, he says.
"What we believe in is making sure that the economy works in the interests of working and middle class people - when everyday Australians are getting a fair go, this economy hums."
The Labor leader will talk up choosing healthcare over tax cuts for multinationals and the top end of town, promising free medical scans and specialist consultations for cancer patients. Mr Shorten says he couldn't be prouder of his team for the cancer policy.
"There is no issue more important to Australians than their health. If your family's health is ok and your health is ok, everything is possible."
Mr Shorten wants Australia to have a world-class education system, with policies and funding focused on preschool, school, TAFE and universities. He kicked off his campaign in the suburban Melbourne home of a family with two children at public school.
"Every parent in Australia, every aunt and uncle, every neighbour works hard and they want to make sure their kids get the best start - so that's why we want to properly fund our public schools."
* CLIMATE AND ENERGY
Labor's environment-focused policies are in stark contrast to those of the coalition, with a much higher renewable energy and emissions target. Mr Shorten says he wants greater investment in renewable energy to put downward pressure on power prices.
"We want to hand on a better environment than the one we currently have by taking real action on climate change."
* A UNITED TEAM
The opposition leader will make the most of the coalition's three prime ministers, which Labor MPs enjoy referring to as the "Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison government". Mr Shorten will tie his party's united front to Labor's "inclusive" policies for all of Australia.
"Do you want a united government under Labor or another three years of
division following the last six years of division under the current