PM, leaders launch wishing tree appeal

Andrew BrownAAP
Federal political leaders have come together to launch the Salvation Army's Wishing Tree appeal.
Camera IconFederal political leaders have come together to launch the Salvation Army's Wishing Tree appeal. Credit: AAP

After a bruising year in parliament, federal political leaders briefly put aside their differences ahead of the Christmas season.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Greens leader Adam Bandt came together to launch the Salvation Army's Wishing Tree appeal.

Leaders placed large stacks of presents underneath the tree, which will be donated to children in need the festive season.

Among the gifts given by the prime minister were several books, colouring pencils, along with a GraviTrax marble kit.

While Labor's present under the tree included a large pink unicorn toy, there may have been a few cheeky digs at the government after the end of the political year.

They included a toy submarine and a jigsaw puzzle depicting the Eiffel Tower, perhaps a subtle reminder of the fallout with France due to the AUKUS deal.

Other presents from the opposition included a build-your-own solar windmill kit and a toy fire truck.

The launch of the appeal is an annual tradition for political leaders during the lead up to Christmas.

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