PM Morrison draws Howard comparison

Daniel McCulloch
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is aiming to emulate John Howard's "golden years"

Scott Morrison is aiming to emulate John Howard's "golden years" during the current term of parliament.

The prime minister delivered his final rallying call for the year to coalition colleagues at a meeting in Canberra on Tuesday.

Mr Morrison noted the 2001-2004 term of the Howard government had built on groundwork laid over the preceding six years in office.

"That is what we seek to do through this term," he said.

He rattled off tax cuts, drought funding and the response to natural disasters among his proudest achievements for the year.

Also on the list were delivering extra mental health support, efforts to counter foreign interference and the government "walking a tightrope" between the United States and China.

"We can be proud of what we have achieved and also what we have saved the country from," he told the party room.

"If we hold our unity and don't allow ourselves to be distracted, then this can and will be one of the great terms of coalition government."

At the same meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack acknowledged there were "pressure points" between the Liberals and Nationals.

But Mr McCormack stressed the need to work together "to make the boat go faster".

Liberal deputy leader Josh Frydenberg drew colleagues' attention to the Liberal Party's election review released last week, which warned it could not be complacent and needed to better vet its candidates.

Meanwhile, Labor leader Anthony Albanese urged his colleagues and voters not to be "quiet Australians".

In his final rallying cry to caucus for the year, Mr Albanese took aim at the catchphrase coined by the prime minister after his election win in May.

"Scott Morrison talks about quiet Australians. What he really means is everyone should shut up and listen to him," Mr Albanese said.

"We won't be quiet. Australians won't be quiet. It's not our nature as a people. We're up front. We're bold. We talk about things. We put forward our view. It's the Australian way."

Parliament will break on Thursday evening and return in February.