Anthony Albanese unable to name jobless rate and cash rate at first campaign news conference | the islander

Labor leader Anthony Albanese was unable to name the jobless rate on a spirited first morning on the campaign trail.

The Leader of the Opposition faced a series of tough questions in a Launceston park and was dogged by persistent demands to list unemployment and cash rates.

When further asked at close range what the unemployment rate was, Mr Albanese answered incorrectly before admitting he was unable to name the figure.

“The national unemployment rate right now is…I think it’s 5.4 [per cent] – Excuse me. I’m not sure what it is,” he said.

Labor and campaign finance spokeswoman Katy Gallagher was asked to respond to both rates after Mr Albanese struggled.

“The current Reserve Bank rate is 0.1. And the unemployment rate is 4%,” Ms. Gallagher said.

The press conference had consisted of questions about the Labor Party’s position on the GST and the unemployment rate. Mr. Albanese was first asked what the official exchange rate was, but he first tried to brush it off.

“We can do the old question and answer stuff on 50 different numbers,” he said.

“Over the coming period, the Reserve Bank has said there will be multiple interest rate increases regardless of government.”

Moments earlier, Mr. Albanese smiled and laughed as he met hearing-impaired children.

But after pleading with reporters to be “polite” and that he wasn’t going to run away like his Liberal counterpart, he asked the final question.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese kicks off his election campaign in Launceston on Monday. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

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