More stories from the ABC’s coverage of the election, including:The prime minister has been criticised by Labor and Greens for not holding a second sitting week in office in the face of a coronavirus outbreak.
Key points:Labor’s Joe Hockey says he has seen people losing the ability to remember events, including the election night resultThe Coalition is claiming a majority of seats, but is trailing Labor in seats in WA and QueenslandThe Coalition will hold a second-term election on June 10Mr Hockey said he has heard people losing memory over the election results and was worried about the effect it would have on the country.
“I’ve seen people who have lost the ability … to recall the day they lost their job, for example,” he told reporters at Parliament House.
“And I’ve heard that they’ve had difficulty concentrating and they’ve found it hard to concentrate on things.”
So I’ve seen a number of people who haven’t been able to remember their vote or their preferences.
“Mr Hockey also flagged the possibility of some people being unable to work for a few weeks after the election result because they did not have their passports.”
They’ve had to make do with the limited information that we have,” he said.”
That’s not a good place to be.
“It’s not the time to go into a state election campaign.”
Mr Abbott says he will “do everything I can” to get rid of the “vast” numbers of people affected by the coronaviruses, while Mr Abbott’s office released a new ad on Monday night in which he describes the situation as “horrendous”.
Topics:elections,government-and-politics,government,government_and-parliament,parliamentary-assembly,election,australiaFirst posted May 08, 2020 11:30:00Contact Sam CarterMore stories from Western Australia