By MAMAMIA TEAM
1. Tony Abbott officially launched the Coalition’s election campaign in Brisbane this morning, with the help of his two daughters Bridget and Frances and other Liberal party members. Sky News reported that Mr. Abbott made a ‘direct pitch’ to ‘blue collar workers’, by announcing a plan to provide loans to tradesmen to help them with their studies. Mr Abbott also pledged $200 million dollars to dementia research.
If he wins this election, the Opposition Leader has revealed that his first priorities in government would be to launch the Coalition’s asylum boats policy, scrap Labor’s recent changes to company car leasing, get rid of the carbon tax and change the business plan of the NBN.
2. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said that it is most likely that the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons, and insists that the crisis requires a calm and measured response. Appearing at a press conference in Canberra this morning with Foreign Minister Bob Carr, Mr Rudd said that he will be working closely with the National Security council, but will not state whether or not Australia will take military action against the regime.
3. A woman has been hospitalised after being beaten by 9 people on a Melbourne Bus this morning. The 26-year-old had a glass thrown at her and was then kicked and hit until she became unconscious. The attack was prompted when she complained of noise coming from the large group. She is in a stable condition in hospital.