Labor pushes for Anthony Albanese to join emergency cabinet

Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers has pushed for Opposition leader Anthony Albanese to be allowed to join the emergency national cabinet to work alongside the federal government and state and territory chiefs.

Mr Chalmers said Prime Minister Scott Morrison should consider his Labor counterpart’s inclusion in the first-of-its-kind cabinet to “send a good signal to the country about us all working together” adding the Reserve Bank, unions, peak business groups and financial institutions being consultative.

Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“On the health side, there’s a regular briefing and that’s appropriate but on the economic package, I think that there’s a capacity for the government to engage much more than they have been,” he said on ABC’s Insiders.

“We received briefings, but typically well after announcements have been made. We want to make a constructive and responsible and supportive contribution here.”


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