Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers says "it’s beyond dispute" that the government’s mismanagement of the pandemic has "meant the mismanagement of the economy".
"Around the world, there are 27 other advanced economies that have reported growth for the September quarter, but Australia’s economy actually shrank," Mr Chalmers told Sky News Australia.
He said there are "two reasons" for this, which also set Australia apart from the rest of the world.
"We’ve got Morrison and Frydenberg – they made a lot of mistakes when it came to ordering enough vaccines when it came to purpose-built quarantines," he said.
"That made the lockdowns necessary, and that’s why we get these really quite confronting numbers today."