Rumour: Empty Chair seen mulling budget

There’s a press rumour that an empty chair has been seen mulling the budget, at The Australian:

Anthony Albanese will use his first budget reply speech to roll out major economic and social policies, including productivity reforms aimed at repairing skills shortages, and to deliver a pre-­election pitch to women, young families, blue-collar workers and older Australians.

The Opposition Leader, who is preparing to fight an election at the back end of next year, is ­expected to push an alternative jobs and training strategy and the use of local products, labour and research to drive a modern manufacturing sector and support nation-building defence industry and infrastructure projects.

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