“We are very hungry to win,” Richard Marles MP

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The Shadow Minister for Defence and Member for Corio in the House of Representatives in Federal Parliament says that Labor are ready to govern following the events of the last week in Federal Parliament.

Richard Marles MP is positive about Labor as a likely Federal Election in May approaches. “We are very hungry to win,” he said. “We feel like we are ready to govern. We want win that election,”

Marles admits that he isn’t getting too far ahead. “I think that there is a trap of ever feeling that an election outcome is inevitable,” he said. “It’s the truism; that a week is a long time in politics, and I assume the election is going to be May next year,”

Marles admitted that it was hard to watch what the Coalition is going through.

Marles said that Labor must remain focused despite all the tensions within the Liberal Party. “We want to make sure we put the work in to present ourselves to Australia as an alternative government,” he said.

The Coalition had a horror Newspoll following the spills for the Liberal leadership which saw Scott Morrison sworn in as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister. They trail Labor 44-56 on the two-party preferred. 

Making matters worse, Labor Leader Bill Shorten has become Australia’s preferred Prime Minister. Malcolm Turnbull had always won this poll over Shorten.

GETTING OFF TO A TOUGH START

New Prime Minster Scott Morrison has begun to build his government and mend the cracks in the Coalition. He has assembled his new cabinet with a number of notable winners and losers.

He will immediately face a test to his leadership and his new government. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to quit the Parliament by the end of the week, which will trigger a by-election in his Federal seat of Wentworth in New South Wales. 

The Morrison Government will also have a significant presence  missing in cabinet, after former minister Julie Bishop announced that she would not continue in her role as the Minister for Foreign Affairs. 

Labor has already begun to attack the Morrison Government and some of his ministers, including Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton over the treatment of au pairs in immigration.

According to the ABC, “Documents released under Freedom of Information show Mr Dutton approved the release of a 27-year-old woman from immigration detention on November 1, 2015 and used his ministerial power to grant her a tourist visa.”

Federal Parliament returns Monday 10 September.

FULL INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD MARLES MP

 

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