Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes his GST fix, fiscal responsibility and border protection stance will be enough to secure vital votes in Western Australia at the forthcoming election.
Mr Morrison has been in WA since Wednesday and wrapped up his visit on Saturday in the coastal seat of Stirling, which the Liberals will fight to retain with a new candidate after frontbencher Michael Keenan announced his resignation.
“West Australians put me and our government to the test on the GST and we passed,” Mr Morrison told the meeting of state council.
“Bill Shorten failed that test … because as usual he couldn’t make up his mind about what he wanted to do.
“If you run around sticking your head out the window asking people for directions all the time, people will rightly form the view that you don’t know where you’re going – and that is Bill Shorten.”
The prime minister had the party faithful laughing and cheering during his 30-minute speech, but he appeared emotional when speaking about border protection.
He told a story of meeting a man in Indonesia, who had a daughter the same age as his own, and when he asked the man why he had not put the girl on a boat the man replied: “I don’t want to risk my daughter’s life.”
“I took that choice away of fathers deciding whether to put their children on boats,” Mr Morrison said.
He took a further swipe at Labor for not confronting the “horrific truth of their failures” and learn from their mistakes on border protection.
Mr Morrison also spruiked his financial success, saying his government had the lowest rate of expenditure growth in 50 years and would deliver the first surplus in 12 years.
“We got there the hard way – difficult decisions year on year, patiently working through the budget process,” he said.
Mr Morrison told reporters he would return to WA “in the not too distant future”.
“Try, you can’t keep me away from the place.”
© AAP 2019