PM to claim Bill Shorten wants to wind back policies to deter asylum boats in National Press Club speech

Scott Morrison will add national security and law and order to the economy in the Coalition’s intensifying battle with Labor ahead of the election, using a major speech to claim Bill Shorten wants to wind back punitive deterrence measures to repel asylum boats, and has to be “dragged” to supporting terrorism legislation.

With federal parliament set to resume this week, and with the major parties on a campaign footing, the prime minister will use a National Press Club address on Monday to release the government’s plan “to keep Australians safe secure” – a rhetorical outing building on an economic speech he delivered at the end of January contending Labor posed a risk to economic growth.

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