“This should never have been in the public domain. The text that was sent out by the Liberal Party in that moment made our country less safe, made our borders less secure.”
The acting prime minister vowed the Albanese government would not use matters of national security for “political gain” and would act in the national interest.
‘Serious economic situation’: Treasurer Jim Chalmers warns inflation expected to rise further
“There is no use mincing words, this is a serious economic situation that we are inheriting from our predecessors,” he told ABC radio on Tuesday.
“Most of the survey was conducted before the federal election results were known, so the reaction to the election will be captured in next week’s index,” Mr Plank said.
Labor will ‘work with all countries in region’
“The sound and stable development of the Sino-Australian relationship conforms to the fundamental interests and common aspirations of the two peoples and is also conducive to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region,” the Chinese Communist Party-run China Daily newspaper reported Mr Li as saying.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has reportedly sent a congratulatory message to Anthony Albanese (Ding Haitao/Xinhua News Agency via AP) Source: AAP / Ding Haitao/AP
Australia’s relationship with the regional powerhouse has soured in recent years, with Beijing refusing to take calls from the outgoing and blocking imports on a variety of goods despite a free-trade agreement between the two countries.
“We want all of our economies to benefit from that and we will engage with countries in the region on that basis.”
China responded by imposing tariffs or disrupting more than a dozen key industries, including wine, barley and coal.
Barnaby Joyce’s Nationals leadership under pressure
“I’m very confident about the democratic process being the best way to determine which way a party goes, and I accept the outcome of it.”
Barnaby Joyce is under pressure to retain leadership of the National Party. Source: AAP / LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE
Despite independent candidates highlighting his unpopularity amongst inner-city voters, under the coalition was not a drag on the Liberal Party.
No members of the Nationals had told him his unpopularity had cost the government the election, he added.
Labor on track for majority government
Six seats have candidates within 1,000 votes of each other and a further six are awaiting the electoral commission to calculate a two-candidate preferred position.