Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten went to Arnhem Land today. He’s promised more funds for indigenous jobs. Meanwhile, the Treasurer and his shadow counterpart met face to face, in a debate in Canberra.

Gizelle Ghidella reports.


Day 20 on the campaign trail and Bill Shorten is in the remote Northern Territory community of Maningrida.

He announced under a new Labor government numbers of indigenous rangers will be doubled.

Two-hundred-million dollars will be invested in the program over the next five years.

Bill Shorten, Federal Opposition Leader: “What we’re doing is not just caring for the environmental management of the land. We’re improving the chances for the future of the custodians of the land.”

Earlier, in a radio interview, he was asked what he thought of Donald Trump.

Bill Shorten, Federal Opposition Leader: “I think Donald Trump’s views on some issues are just barking mad on some issues. People ask me “what do you think about Donald Trump?” am I just going to stand here and tell you nothing? Am I going to stand here and not be straight with people? No.”

In Canberra, the party’s two top ‘money men’ faced off, at the Treasurer’s Debate.

The focus? jobs, growth and education.

Scott Morrison, Treasurer: “There is wide agreement about the fact that education is important. Where there is a disagreement is how you pay for it.”

Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer: “We’ve identified issues, announced detailed policies well in advance of this election and unlike the government we haven’t had to walk away from any of your announcements after they’ve been made.”

The wide-ranging debate also touched on corporate tax cuts, housing prices, and negative gearing.

Gizelle Ghidella, QUT News.