The people of western Sydney get more than their fair share of political sightings and Scott Morrison has kept up the trend in an effort to convince locals he’s good for business.
Walking a shopping strip in Burwood on Wednesday, the prime minister spoke to anyone he could about the risks he believes Labor’s tax reforms pose to the economy.
It was Omer Evran’s Turkish restaurant Sahara by the Park that he slipped into, where he just so happened to sit at a table with a couple of mortgage brokers at the end.
He told them Labor’s tax plans would hurt their industry and that he hasn’t heard a single complaint about mortgage brokers as an MP in recent years.
“If anything, it’s been the opposite. Mortgage brokers have actually been their champions,” he said.
Mr Evran has had Kevin Rudd and John Howard outside his door in recent weeks and appears happy for the area to get attention from any side of politics.
He appealed to Mr Morrison directly to bring down the tax rate.
“I’ve met him before when he was a treasurer, he’s quite a smart man,” the restaurant owner told AAP.
Craig Laundy is retiring from the seat of Reid, which the Liberals hold by a margin of 4.7 per cent, but the party is hoping to retain it with child psychologist Fiona Martin.
Speaking with reporters in the multicultural electorate, Mr Morrison said his party was not behind fake posts on Chinese social media platform WeChat that have been spreading misinformation about Labor’s election campaign.
“That’s not the Liberal Party’s campaign,” he said.
Earlier, the prime minister moved among a sea of suits at a NSW business chamber breakfast at the Western Sydney Stadium.
After some quips about an attempted egging in Albury the day before, NSW Business Chamber CEO Stephen Cartwright struck a serious tone by lamenting misinformation in political advertising.
He stressed that a company that made false claims about products would face court action from the competition watchdog, but false claims in political advertising had no such consequences.
If it was misinformation from the Liberal Party Mr Cartwright was concerned about, he didn’t show it, highlighting an Australian Education Union campaign about cuts to school funding under the coalition.
“If that union was a business selling socks, they would be facing prosecution,” he said.
That comment was music to the ears of Mr Morrison, who also ramped up his attack on unions when asked what impact a Labor government might have on industrial relations.
“If Bill Shorten is elected, Sally McManus will now be a board member figuratively on every single one of your companies,” he told the crowd.
“The union movement will basically be in control of your businesses if the Labor Party is elected on the 18th of May.”