In matching or co-opting some of Labor’s initiatives in the budget, the Government will hope to neutralise the Opposition’s attack and clear the battlefield of all but the key points of differentiation before the election.
Malcolm Turnbull is trying to hurt Labor by recasting health and education spending as a measure of good economic management. It’s a strategy that could work (or fail) spectacularly.
Did the PM bluff state leaders in order to skip out on an $80 billion funding bill?
The first stanza of this election year will be characterised by political parties trialling election strategies to see which have traction with voters and which are a waste of precious campaign funds.
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