Election 2022 LIVE updates: Day two of the federal election campaign underway; eastern Ukraine prepares for fresh Russian offensive

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Morrison points to economy; Albanese wants change

Scott Morrison will go to the May 21 election asking Australians to stick with his “tried and tested” government and its economic record against his challenger Anthony Albanese’s promise of a sweeping agenda for change.

The Prime Minister launched the six-week election campaign by urging voters to back his government on its record in lifting growth and cutting unemployment, while the Labor leader pledged a better future and a “sense of optimism” – including a boost to wages.

Anthony Albanese and Scott Morrison will face off at the polls on May 21.Credit:James Alcock/Alex Ellinghausen

The campaign begins with the Coalition on the defensive in crucial electorates across the country based on new analysis showing it has suffered a 7 per cent swing since the last election, enough to sweep it from power and install Mr Albanese in The Lodge.

The quarterly analysis from the Resolve Political Monitor, to be released today, reveals the threat to the Coalition in Queensland and Western Australia at the start of the campaign when Mr Morrison is relying on a pitch to regional voters – backed by billions of dollars in budget spending – to gain ground and block Mr Albanese from gaining a majority.

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This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company.

It’s Monday, April 11. I’m Broede Carmody and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.

Here’s what you need to know before we get started.

  • The six-week federal election campaign is well underway. Yesterday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison campaigned on his economic record while Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese appealed to voters’ optimism and desire for a “better future”. Both leaders will front breakfast television this morning. Morrison is in NSW today, while Albanese is in Tasmania. We’ll bring you their latest comments and policy announcements as they come to hand.

Scott Morrison, left, and Anthony Albanese.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen, Rhett Wyman

  • Meanwhile, Zoe Daniel and Monique Ryan launched their campaigns yesterday flanked by teal-wearing supporters. The high-profile independent candidates are hoping to take the seats of Goldstein, currently held by Liberal MP Tim Wilson, and Kooyong, held by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, respectively. And the Greens also officially launched their campaign yesterday. Federal Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, says he believes his party will hold the balance of power.

Greens leader Adam Bandt says his party is aiming to hold the balance of power. Credit:Paul Jeffers

  • And in overseas news, military experts say a fresh Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine could be just days away. As regular readers of this blog will know, Russia has pulled back troops from around Kyiv and is expected to focus on Luhansk and Donetsk (in Ukraine’s east). However, questions remain regarding Russia’s ability to capture more territory.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv over the weekend to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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