It looks like we can see Scott Morrison ramp up the personal tonight given his comments heading into the debate.
Appearing relaxed, the prime minister told reporters tonight’s debate was an «important opportunity» for Australians «to see us both.»
«Australian people are going to make a choice, they’re going to make a choice between myself as Prime Minister or Bill Shorten.’
Whipping around the news sites to see what commentators are looking for in tonight’s debate.
Over at the ABC, Jade Macmillan says Bill Shorten, once expected to cruise to victory, «is a man under pressure» as the campaign enters its third week.
The numbers tell the story, writes Michelle Grattan at The Conversation.
And a nice piece from pollster John Scales in the Australian Financial Review, on why if we see some personal-slash-negative barbs traded tonight there’s a reason why — in short, negative campaigning works!
Welcome to tonight’s live coverage of the first leaders debate.
The debate between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten kicks off at 7pm AEST and is being held in Perth, broadcast on 7TWo and The West Australian.
AAP’s Angus Livingston says the debate is likely to focus on Labor’s franking credits policy, the economy, tax, border protection and climate.’ Read more about what to expect tonight here.
Some intriguing analysis to keep in mind ahead of the debate, given the economy and spending are likely to be the focus.
While Bill Shorten’s multi-billion dollar pledges on free dental for pensioners and childcare subsidies as well as pay increases for childcare workers announced on Sunday, have set Labor up as the big-spenders of this election campaign, our economics writers Shane Wright and Jessica Irvine have crunched the numbers and found differently.