National

Newspapers split on who deserves to win

By AAP Newswire

FOR COALITION

THE AUSTRALIAN

Mr Morrison's plan errs on the side of being safe but deliverable; his policies, consistent with traditional values, do not unduly raise expectations as Mr Shorten has done. This newspaper recommends a vote for the coalition because it has a better, more practical and affordable plan than Labor to address the nation's future challenges.

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THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

Yet for all its faults, and without great enthusiasm, the Financial Review believes that a returned coalition government, with a clear parliamentary majority, would be in Australia's best interests. The Coalition at least grasps that Australia needs a growth policy in order to lift incomes and sustainable pay for the services government provide.

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THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

The coalition's economic and border performances are both known and impressive. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his able and united team need to continue their work.

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THE HERALD SUN

The Morrison government has much to do to repair the disunity of its recent past, to work cooperatively with the states on infrastructure and to set clear policies where it has stumbled, on energy prices and climate change. But it has earnt its stripes in record job creation and budget repair. Mr Morrison and his team deserve another chance.

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COURIER MAIL

In this campaign, (Labor) has left too many vital questions unanswered and failed to convince voters, particularly Queenslanders, they can be trusted to prudently run the economy and govern for all in the future. Now isn't the time for change and tomorrow we urge Queenslanders to vote for the coalition.

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ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

The Liberals' steady-as-she-goes agenda represents the safest bet for this state. Without the instability that has crippled the coalition and severely depleted its frontbench, it would be hard to argue to oust a government on such solid economic footing. By contrast, the Opposition has a high-taxing, big-spending agenda amid international headwinds.

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TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN

(Labor member for Herbert Cathy O'Toole) has been a strong voice for the region and doesn't shy away from a fight with her inner-city masters. But a vote for Ms O'Toole is a vote for a party that doesn't believe in the future of coal. A vote for Labor is a vote against mining. The coalition is the right choice for a prosperous North Queensland.

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FOR LABOR

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The Herald believes that above all else voters must use this election as a chance to put an end to the cycle of instability and with that in mind there is no choice but to endorse Bill Shorten and the ALP. However, the Herald does not support every aspect of an ambitious program. People want solid, sensible government - not a revolution.

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THE AGE

More than in the vast majority of elections, this is a contest of ideas. Both sides have given voters detailed, divergent agendas to consider. This time, however, we believe Labor's policies and ministerial line-up are more likely than the coalition's to make Australia better and fairer. Mr Shorten's case for change merits support.

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THE GUARDIAN

"The Coalition has neither credible policies nor a competent team, and Guardian Australia believes it has failed the test for re-election. Judged by the same standard, Labor presents voters with a convincing case... However you choose to exercise your democratic decision-making on Saturday, please consider your candidate's position on climate and the rapidly shrinking timeframe for action."

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THE NT NEWS

During its two terms in office, the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government has largely failed to deliver for the Territory. If you don't want the next three years to be a lost opportunity for the Territory, it is important you vote Labor in Saturday's Federal Election.