Bill Shorten “happy to debate Mr. Turnbull”

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Edited by Nelly Tawil

The end of this week marks the beginning of the “people’s forum” debate between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten who will face off for the first time in the election campaign in western Sydney.

The Prime Minister announced that he looked “forward to having a number” of debates on Sunday when he began his campaign.

Mr. Shorten is eager to get things started and welcomes discussions on the Coalition’s proposed company tax cuts and funding cuts in health and education as reported by a spokesperson for the Labor campaign.

“Bill has said he’s happy to debate Mr. Turnbull any time,” they said.

However trouble for them may already be looming as the Opposition Leader may be forced to discuss asylum seekers, a topic they wished to avoid on their campaign after Melbourne candidate Sophie Ismail questioned the party’s policy.

Negative gearing will also be a hot topic. On Monday, Reserve Bank concerns about the tax write-off emerge, forcing the Coalition to defend their decision not to modify it.

Hosted by Sky News’ political editor David Speers, Friday’s event will be comprised of undecided voters selected by Galaxy Research.