April 11, 2022 – Table of contents
Independents day updates – Kooyong
Scott Morrison in Gilmore
The prime minister is campaigning in the seat of Gilmore in NSW where he hopes to take the seat from Labor with a margin of 2.6 percent. He announced $40 million for local road infrastructure.
Independent Senator Rex Patrick accused the government of buying votes.
The PM was also asked about his relationship with Liberal candidate Andrew Constance since the bushfire crisis in the area.
Mr Morrison was asked again later about the comment with Andrew Constance present.
Anthony Albanese in Bass
The opposition leader was in Bass, Tasmania today where the seat is held by the Liberal party on a margin of 0.4 percent.
Updates from Antony Green
The ABC elections site is Federal Election 2022 – Australia Votes.
The media loves a gotcha. So it was for Anthony Albanese today when he was put on the spot to answer what the current cash rate & unemployment rate were.
ABC David Taylor pointed out that everyone had the cash rate wrong. The real figure is 0.06 percent.
Taylor explained further later, “The cash rate, as set by the short-term money market, as of Monday, was 0.06 of a per cent. It’s the interest rate banks pay to borrow funds from other banks in the money market overnight. That’s different from the Reserve Bank’s “cash rate target” which is currently 0.1 per cent.” Anthony Albanese failed his first ‘gotcha’ moment of the election — but does it really matter?
In February, Scott Morrison also failed the pop quiz on a number of items at the National Press Club .
Former Prime Minister John Howard failed on the interest rate question in 2007.
Mr Howard would carry a list of grocery items on him to avoid gotchas.
Asked about Mr Albanese, Mr Howard dismissed it as a problem.
Gotchas make for big headlines and attack pieces but too much media coverage sucks the oxygen out of the policies and issues of the day.