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Morrison says that during the worst of the pandemic, the government knew “Australia’s longer term success would be determined by what we did during the pandemic to set up for success on the other side”.

He lists tax incentives for businesses to purchase new equipment, the modern manufacturing plan, deals with the UK and the US including Aukus, big building and infrastructure projects and a “comprehensive and real plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, through technology, not taxes”.

Friends, we’ve been building a bridge to the other side economically in a time of global uncertainty and here we are. We now stand on a different edge to the one that I spoke of before, one where fear doesn’t dominate but aspiration – something we know a lot about as Liberals and Nationals – for the Australian people.

This requires a different approach from us as a government to the mode we’ve had to be in over these many difficult years, but it’s also been one that we have been preparing for and we are ready to get on with, if you give us your support Saturday.

We stand on the edge of a new era of but we cannot take them for granted. As a government, we have the high ideas to secure that opportunity and I know our economic plan is working because Australians are working, and heading in the right direction.

Scott Morrison at the Liberal campaign launch in Brisbane. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Updated at 22.51 EDT

Morrison turns to jobs. He says “nothing fires up my heart” more than getting young people into jobs. Then he gets quite philosophical about a moment shared with the treasurer.

When Josh and I stood together before the Australian people in the early stages of the pandemic back in March 2020, we stood in my courtyard, our courtyard, the PM’s courtyard in Canberra, a nation was gripped by fear and uncertainty. We stood on the edge of an abyss and as we stared into it, Josh and I were confident of one fundamental truth: if we backed Australians, Australians would prevail.

And so jobkeeper was born, and the many other measures that followed, constantly supporting Australians to find their way forward. We kept our head in the crisis … and we made sure we got it right as best as we could. But we weren’t perfect. And not everything went to plan but you know, when it didn’t, and while others were criticising, we just worked feverishly to turn it around … What followed was the largest economic and public health response in Australia’s history.

We gave our fellow Australians that assurance in those very difficult times that tomorrow would be OK. So they could say the same thing to their children, to their employees, and I’m quite sure indeed to themselves also.

As a leader, this was a time for strength, it was a time for pushing through. I had one focus, as your prime minister: save the country.

Updated at 22.47 EDT

Morrison continues:

Despite everything thrown at us, Australia has stood tall. Our economic growth is higher than any other advanced economy, our AAA credit rating [is] intact, we’re one of only nine countries to do that in the world – the biggest budget turnaround … in 70 years.

More Australians in work than ever before. Unemployment at 4%, the equal lowest level in 50 years and down from 5.7% when we first came to government. Youth unemployment at 8.3%, down from a peak of more than 16%. On almost every measure – growth, jobs, debt levels, fatality rates, vaccine rates – Australia’s recovery is leading the advanced world.*

This will need a fact check.

Updated at 22.43 EDT

Morrison goes on to tout what he loves about the nation, including its economy, living standards, access to healthcare, education system and acknowledgment of Indigenous Australians.

He goes on to say despite the hardships the country has faced, “Australia has prevailed”.

None of us could have imagined what followed that last election. We already knew drought … particularly here in Queensland, we already experienced devastating floods … but more would follow, as we know, and most recently, as with the fires, as with the cyclones, the pandemic, one in 100 years, and the global recession it caused.

It’s been one of the most challenging times we have ever known. But I’m here to tell you today that despite what we have based, we have remained true to the promise of Australia. And Australia has prevailed. We have kept, as a government, the promise of Australia.

Updated at 22.42 EDT

‘A time of great consequence’: PM speaks at campaign launch

The prime minister is up, starting off his speech with “how good is Queensland” and acknowledging the traditional owners on the land in which the Coalition gathers.

I also thank all those who have served or are serving in our Australian defence force, and I just thank them. I thank them for their courage. I also honour those who for the past two years in particular have come together to support their fellow Australians in times of great need – our health workers and researchers and scientists, our emergency workers, our community leaders. We love our country.

We gather at a time today of great consequence and decision for our nation. For you. For your family. For our nation. And three years ago, we faced a very similar decision. At that time, I spoke to you about the promise of Australia [and] how I planned to keep it as prime minister. I allow Australians quietly going about their lives to realise their simple, honest and decent aspirations, where you are rewarded and respected for your efforts and contribution.

I said: if you have a go, you get ago. And in Australia you are accepted and you are valued regardless of your age, your ethnicity, your religion, your gender, your sexuality, your level of ability, any needs you may have, your wealth, your income.

Updated at 22.40 EDT

South Australia records no new Covid deaths

South Australia has released today’s Covid update. There have been 3,796 new cases detected and no new deaths overnight.

There are 231 people being treated in hospital with the virus including nine people requiring intensive care.

Paul Karp

Frydenberg is chipping Labor for not yet having submitted their policies for Parliamentary Budget Office costing – the same trick that Tony Abbott pulled before the 2013 election I might add.

Frydenberg said:

Over the last 35 days [Anthony Albanese] has shown himself to be completely out of his depth. Albanese says he’s eminently qualified because he was acting prime minister for all of 48 hours. I never thought I would ever say it: thank you Kevin Rudd for only making it 48 hours. In an election about jobs, Anthony Albanese does not know the unemployment rate. In an election about cost of living, he doesn’t know the cash rate.

Frydenberg is arguing that – despite repeatedly ruling them out – Labor will revive $387bn of taxes proposed at the last election. Which is crazy because some of those, like the stage-3 income tax cuts, are already law, and passed with Labor support. He concludes:

Politics is a serious business – you change the government, you change the economy … This election is not a time to risk Labor with a weak and unproven leader.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg at the Liberal party campaign launch on Day 35 of the 2022 federal election campaign in Brisbane. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Updated at 23.05 EDT

Paul Karp

Joyce said:

Labor have no regional health minister. But they do have a minister for the republic. So they can’t bring your blood pressure down but they can take down a picture of the Queen.

Joyce referred to union protesters outside as “raving banshees yelling and screaming”, seeking to tar Labor with that brush in comparison with the “competency of government”.

He concluded by talking about the need to make Australia “as strong as possible”.

Despite Scott Morrison’s pivot to being less bulldozer, the “strong” talking points are still getting a workout.

Up next, the deputy Liberal leader, Josh Frydenberg, quips that “I wish I got that reception in Kooyong” after a standing ovation. At least he can laugh at himself!

Frydenberg says the Coalition has “delivered” on promises of more jobs, lower taxes and “essential services guaranteed”.

Updated at 22.24 EDT

Liberal campaign launch kicks off

Paul Karp

The Liberal candidate for Griffith, Olivia Roberts, was up first at the party’s campaign launch.

Roberts said she was aiming to win the old seat of Kevin Rudd – the last Labor prime minister to give Australians “buyers’ remorse”.

Then deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce gave his pitch, saying said the Coalition believes the individual is above the state, whereas Labor believes they are “the servant of the state”.

Barnaby Joyce at the Liberal party campaign launch on Day 35 of the 2022 federal election campaign. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Joyce is making a pitch for Nationals target seats of Nicholls and the Hunter, in a jumble of words apparently about the safeguard mechanism, and claims Labor will “bring down the ceiling on taxes”.

He said:

They believe we should shut down the second and third biggest export – economic suicide.

Updated at 23.05 EDT

Here are a few highlights from the opposition leader’s Twitter account, which has miraculously remained active while he is speaking live.

Anthony Albanese has also announced a Labor government would partner with the Queensland state government to upgrade the Bruce Highway between Anzac Avenue and Uhlmann Road.

In just six days’ time we can choose a better future.

A better future for Australia.

— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) May 15, 2022

Young Australians know perhaps better than any of us that we must get serious about acting on climate change.

We have a responsibility to them, and a duty to put the next generation in the best possible position to keep taking our nation from strength to strength. pic.twitter.com/8FyJKMhvgl

— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) May 15, 2022

Our best days are ahead of us. And Labor knows how to get Australia there.

We know how to get Queensland there. With a Labor Government that holds no-one back – and leaves no-one behind.

A better government that will deliver a better future.@AnnastaciaMP pic.twitter.com/B9X8Q5vtmD

— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) May 15, 2022

Updated at 22.12 EDT