After spending a week in COVID 19 isolation, federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has rejoined the federal election campaign.
The Opposition leader tested positive for COVID 19 last week and has been making media appearances from inside his Sydney home.
He appeared on breakfast television and took his dog for a walk in the park this morning, but he did not hold a press conference.
Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Shadow Home Affairs Minister Kristina Keneally faced questions from the media.
Albanese said doctors have advised him that he will continue to feel fatigued as he recovers from the virus.
He took a few questions on the tarmac before boarding a plane to Perth today to prepare for the Labor campaign launch on Sunday, and said he will continue to take it easy.
When I'm feeling tired, the doctors tell me that I need to be conscious about that. He told ABC News Breakfast that I need to rest when I can and just be a bit sensible.
Chalmers said that the Labor leader would face questions from the media in the coming days.
He was asked why Mr Albanese did not hold a press conference after coming out of isolation, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison did amid flooding across Australia's east coast.
I'm going to tell you the contrast with the Prime Minister. Anthony Albanese shows up, he takes responsibility, he works hard every day to bring people together, he said.
He acknowledges that he has a plan for the cost-of-living crisis that has emerged on Scott Morrison's watch. Just hours before Mr Albanese emerged from isolation, his deputy, Richard Marles, confirmed he had tested positive for COVID 19.
I was looking forward to travel to the West to attend Labor's launch. He said on Twitter that this morning after taking a routine test for COVID, I returned a positive result.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison began his day on the campaign trail with a tour of a distillery in Hobart.
Power prices and the cost of living are topics of discussion on the election campaign.
The Australian Energy Market Operator released figures showing wholesale prices on the east coast have gone up by 141 per cent compared to last year.
Albanese insists that Labor's energy policy will bring power prices down despite the volatility of the international market.
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said that the energy crisis in Europe was having a huge impact on oil and coal prices across the world.
In the last couple of years, household retail energy prices have fallen by about 8 per cent, he said. We're going to make sure we keep those policies in place. Senator Birmingham accused the Labor Party of planning to gold plate energy infrastructure.
We're not going to go down that path of gold plating. Senator Birmingham said that they'll continue to support the investment in renewables.
Labor can still bring power prices down $275 per year by the year 2025, according to Albanese.
If we fix the grid, if we do other measures that we have put in place as part of our Powering Australia plan, we will see that energy prices drop.