Key issues of the second leaders' debate

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KEY ISSUES FROM THE SECOND DEBATE:

PANDEMIC

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted it was "wrong" to say that it wasn't a race when it came to the Australian government securing vaccine supply.

* Mr Morrison defended his handling of the borders during the pandemic, including barring citizens from returning to Australia at particular times to avoid overwhelming the hotel quarantine system.

*Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the Morrison government should have acted with more urgency to establish for-purpose quarantine centres and secure vaccines.

COST OF LIVING

* Both leaders would not commit to extending the cut to the fuel excise past September.

* Mr Morrison said while the government could not control international influences on the economy, it could put downward pressure on inflation by managing money.

* Mr Albanese said Labor had practical plans to make a difference to the cost of living, including powering Australia through renewable energy, cheaper child care and not putting pressure on inflation.

INTEGRITY

* The prime minister said he had never seen corruption on his side of politics.

* Labor has committed to introducing legislation to establish a federal anti-corruption commission by the end of the year if elected.

ENERGY

* Both leaders clashed over energy policy, claiming the other's policies would increase prices.

* Mr Albanese reiterated Labor's commitment to renewables while Mr Morrison said the coalition would not commit to "irresponsible targets" to reduce emissions.

CHARACTER

* The prime minister said the election was not a popularity contest but pointed to his ability to unite his party after the 2019 election as testament to his character.

* Mr Albanese said Australians knew what he stood for because he had the same values his whole life, including supporting a fair day's pay for a fair day's work and supporting essential universal services.

INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES

* Both leaders ruled out negotiating with independent candidates on their policies.

HOUSING

* Mr Morrison claimed Labor's Help to Buy scheme - where Australians would be eligible for a government equity contribution - is a "forced to sell" scheme.

NATIONAL SECURITY

* The leaders fought over the Darwin port, blaming each other for the sale of the lease to the Chinese government.

* Mr Morrison claimed the "loudest voices on being pro-Beijing come from (the Labor Party)" which Mr Albanese labelled an "outrageous slur".

AGED CARE

* Mr Morrison said the problems in aged care were not a result of the coalition's nine years in government but rather the past 30 years. He credited himself with "blowing the whistle" on aged care by calling a royal commission into the sector.

* Mr Albanese said Labor would work with the sector to ensure it could implement all the recommendations from the royal commission.

WOMEN

* Both leaders agreed more needed to be done to resolve parliamentary workplace issues.

* Asked if he thought he had a problem appealing to women, Mr Morrison said he did not. He said his government had invested to address family violence and had announced election commitments fund endometriosis and IVF support.

* Mr Albanese would not commit to launching a investigation into the treatment of the late senator Kimberley Kitching but described her death as a tragedy. He said Labor would implement all 55 recommendations of the Respect at Work report.

* Asked how they defined the word "woman" both leaders agreed the definition was an adult female.

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