The focus of the Federal election campaign moved to Melbourne today with both leaders in the same city, and the embarrassing gaffe of the day came from the Government side. A Liberal minister, accidentally praised the wrong leader.

Toby Crockford reports.


The Prime Minister visited Richmond Football Club today to announce the expansion of an AFL mentoring program.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “Hi I’m Malcolm.”

His visit was focused on winning votes in the marginal seats of Deacon and La Trobe.

The PM also ended a two-year boycott of radio announcer Alan Jones.

Voice of Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “People like you and me for example, so we’re paying a bit more tax.”

Alan Jones, Radio Announcer: “I’m not in your league PM, I’m not in your league, I’m not in your league.”

Treasurer Scott Morrison will have tough questions to answer, after accusations of miscalculating Labor’s spending by $35 billion.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann didn’t help matters either, suffering an embarrassing slip-up.

Mathias Cormann, Finance Minister: “Bill Shorten is very caring and very much in touch. Bill Shorten every single day is promoting our national economic plan for jobs and growth, which is of course exactly what Australia needs.”

Reporter: “You accidentally said Bill Shorten is committed to jobs and growth?”

Mathias Cormann, Finance Minister: “No, no Malcolm Turnbull.”

Bill Shorten didn’t miss the opportunity to pounce on the blunder.

Bill Shorton, Opposition Leader: “I guess Senator Cormann’s officially terminated Mr Turnbull’s scare campaign.”

He announced an $8 million investment in ovarian cancer research.

Toby Crockford, QUT News.