Anthony Albanese answers the election question on everyone's mind - as his insane spending on advertising emerges

Anthony Albanese dismisses election speculation Labor accused of 'multimillion dollar spending spree'  READ MORE: Why signs point to an early cost-of-living

Anthony Albanese has dismissed speculation he will call an early election as his government is accused of going on a multimillion dollar advertising spending spree.

The Prime Minister has continued to shrug rumours he will head to the polls early as speculation grows over the timing of the next federal election.

Mr Albanese has pledged to tackle Australia's cost of living crisis head on before he runs for a second term with inflation high on Labor's agenda.

'We have an election due in 2025 but that's a fair way off. Now we're two thirds of the way through,' he told the Daily Telegraph.

'We'll be focused on that re-election campaign next year, when we get to it, but our immediate task is to get the job done and to get inflation down.'

Anthony Albanese has dismissed speculation he will call an early election as his government is accused of going on a 'multimillion spending spree' on advertising

Anthony Albanese has dismissed speculation he will call an early election as his government is accused of going on a 'multimillion spending spree' on advertising

Mr Albanese has continued to shrug rumours he will head to the polls early as speculation grows over the timing of the next federal election (pictured, a traffic controller in Sydney)

Mr Albanese has continued to shrug rumours he will head to the polls early as speculation grows over the timing of the next federal election (pictured, a traffic controller in Sydney)

Mr Albanese admitted it had been 'tough' to form a Budget that would provide immediate relief for Australians without exacerbating high inflation.

'It's tough to land a Budget in the current economic circumstances,' he said.

'We had to make sure that we produced a second surplus, we were determined to do that so that we put that downward pressure on inflation.

'So there's some targeted measures in there, like increased rent assistance, but that was the focus that we had - that focus on inflation.'

The next election is due in a year if Mr Albanese pursues a full term.

Queenslanders are due for a state election in October this year, while Western Australians go to the polls in February 2025.

In January, in the wake of the defeat of the Voice referendum, Mr Albanese distanced himself from holding a republic referendum in a second term, if re-elected.

'I committed to one referendum. We held it. It wasn't successful, and I think that was disappointing,' Mr Albanese said.

Up to $10million will be spent pushing Labor's New Vehicle Efficiency Standards (pictured)

Up to $10million will be spent pushing Labor's New Vehicle Efficiency Standards (pictured)

It comes as the Albanese government is accused of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on taxpayer-funded advertising campaigns.

A total of $172million will be spent on peddling an array of government initiatives across a range of portfolios as Australians battle a cost of living crisis.

The government will spend $45million on pushing its Future Made in Australia policy while $40million spent on promoting Stage Three Tax Cuts.

Up to $10million will be spent pushing Labor's New Vehicle Efficiency Standards while another $10million will raise awareness of the transition to net zero.

Another $15million will be spent over three years to provide migrants with information on workplace protections, safeguards and compliance.

Ads for the new vehicle efficiency standards are already being rolled out on TV and radio and have been translated into Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic and Vietnamese.

Coalition spokesman for government waste reduction James Stevens accused the Albanese government of going on a 'multimillion dollar spending spree'.

He said Labor were focusing on the 'wrong priorities'.

'When Australian families are doing it tough, their Budget reveals they are currently on a multimillion-dollar spending spree on government advertising,' he said.

'Australian families remember when the prime minister railed against government advertising when he was in opposition.'

Mr Albanese has pledged to tackle Australia's cost of living crisis head on before he runs for a second term with inflation high on Labor's agenda

Mr Albanese has pledged to tackle Australia's cost of living crisis head on before he runs for a second term with inflation high on Labor's agenda

A total of $172million will be spent on advertising
An ad for Stage Three Tax Cuts is pictured

Labor will spend $40million on advertising promoting Stage Three Tax Cuts (pictured)

Mr Albanese previously accused then-prime minister Scott Morrison of being 'addicted to spending taxpayers' money as if it's Liberal Party money'.

He added: 'The ads you see from the government on TV, which are promoting the Liberal and National parties are paid for by the taxpayers.'

Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers defended the spending on advertising, saying it was important for the public to be informed on impending changes.

'Some of these changes that we're contemplating are big, meaty changes,' he previously told the Guardian.

'It's not, I think, unreasonable or unusual to provision in a responsible way to communicate that to people.'

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