Josh Frydenberg’s 8-word dig at his own electorate as Coalition election campaign launches

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Prompted by a warm welcome walking on stage at the Coalition campaign launch, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg seemingly took a cheeky swipe at his own electorate.

On day 35 of the Federal Election campaign, the Liberal Party officially launched its election campaign in Brisbane on Sunday, with less than one week to go until polling day.

Following on from Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Member for Kooyong, Mr Frydenberg, took to the stage and received a standing ovation, with people frantically clapping.

Josh Frydenberg said he wished he got a warm reception in his electorate, after a standing ovation at the Coalition's campaign launch. Source: ABC
Josh Frydenberg said he wished he got a warm reception in his electorate, after a standing ovation at the Liberal's campaign launch. Source: ABC

"I wish I got that reception in Kooyong," he quipped, with the crowd instantly laughing at the subtle jab.

A YouGov poll commissioned by The Australian indicates Mr Frydenberg is on track to lose his seat to independent candidate Dr Monique Ryan.

The poll shows the treasurer is trailing 47 per cent to 53 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis.

People were quick to pick up on Mr Frydenberg's comment about his seat at the start of his address.

Mr Frydenberg then went on the say the Coalition has delivered all the promises made on the eve of the 2019 election.

“Despite the biggest economic shock since the Great Depression, the first global pandemic in more than a century, we have kept our promises to the Australian people,” he said.

“And we have an economic plan that is working with a faster and stronger economic recovery than all major advanced economies around the world.”

Scott Morrison 'just warming up'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison followed, focusing heavily on the economical success the country has seen throughout the pandemic.

"How good is it to be in Queensland?" he exclaimed as he walked out on stage.

Mr Morrison spoke about the unprecedented nature of the past few years and reiterated the Coalition has kept promises made in 2019.

Mr Morrison announced if re-elected, the Coalition would allow first home buyers to use part of their superannuation to go towards their deposit.

He reflected on the early days of the pandemic when he and Mr Frydenberg stood in the Prime Minister's courtyard in Canberra as Australia was "gripped by fear and uncertainty".

 at the Liberal Party campaign launch on Day 35 of the 2022 federal election campaign, at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane. Sunday, May 15, 2022.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he is seeking re-election because he is "just warming up". Source: AAP

"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," he said.

He admitted the response to Covid-19 "wasn't perfect" but insisted his government did "best as we could".

Mr Morrison also pledged billions to state-of-the-art ships, vehicles, aircraft and equipment, delivered by Australian workers.

The Prime Minister said he is hoping for another term in office because he is "just warming up".

"It's a great privilege to serve in this role," he said as he speech started winding down.

"It's the great professional privilege of my life and I'm seeking a second term to ensure that we can take this to the next level, to those better days."

Morrison announces housing scheme

On the podium, Mr Morrison also announced his party's housing scheme, which will allow first home buyers to invest a portion of their superannuation into their first home.

Under the Super Home Buyer Scheme, first home buyers will be able to invest up to 40 per cent of their superannuation, up to a maximum of $50,000, to help with the purchase of their first home.

He explained Australians can already use their super to buy an investment property, but not their own home and other countries already allow for people to dip into their retirement savings to secure their home.

"This is about increasing the choices available to you, within your super. It's your money!" he said.

People over 55 will be able to put $300,000 in their retirement nest egg from the proceeds of downsizing to a smaller home, freeing up larger properties for families, if the Coalition is re-elected.

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