Natalie Barr, Ally Langdon explode on Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce

With federal elections days away, television breakfast presenters criticized the prime minister and other high-ranking politicians.

A fiery morning of television breakfast has put MPs under the grill and left presenters shaking their heads at the performance of leaders from across the political spectrum.

The prime minister came under fire from Today show host Ally Langdon, who asked to explain “how he really feels” about Australians given that much of his re-election speech assumes voters are weak without his leadership.

Morrison has cast himself as the “strong leader” Australia needed to get through the Covid-19 pandemic, and throughout the federal election campaign he has warned against drifting off course and voting in a Labor government.

Langdon asked Morrison if the Australians really needed him.

“What you said during the pandemic is… we needed your strength, your protection, and now, in a time of opportunity, we need your encouragement, facilitation, and enthusiasm. Do you really feel that way about Australians? Are we really so helpless? Langdon asked.

Mr. Morrison responded, saying “that’s not what I’m describing.”

“I wouldn’t see it that way at all,” he said.

“Everyone needs encouragement. I passionately believe in the Australian people.”

Langdon interrupted, refuting whether he thought Australians “can’t seem to handle any challenge or opportunity without you.”

Morrison said he wants Australians “in the driving seats of their own lives”.

“We knew when we had to act, but we also knew when we had to get out of the way. That is responsible leadership,” Morrison said.

“Making sure Australians can move forward, and we’ll be there cheering them on and supporting them in any way we can.”

Barnaby and Tanya go head to head

Meanwhile, Barnaby Joyce broke out in an “embarrassing” exchange of fire with Labor MP Tanya Plibersek on Monday morning, as the government and opposition go head-to-head over housing policies.

Sunrise presenter Natalie Barr said she “felt sorry for the people of Australia trying to figure out what the hell we voted on Saturday” after Joyce and Plibersek failed to answer key questions about housing policy.

It comes after Morrison announced at his official campaign launch on Sunday that first-time homebuyers could access a “sensible” portion of their retirement to secure their first home.

Ms Plibersek said “there is a reason why John Howard, Peter Costello… and Malcolm Turnbull rejected this policy.”

But Joyce said it was a better policy than Labour’s proposal, in which the government would pay 40 per cent of the house, provided would-be buyers met the income threshold.

Mr. Joyce asked Ms. Plibersek if that was taxable or gross income, a question she was unable to answer, and instead attacked the Deputy Prime Minister.

Mr. Joyce grew increasingly frustrated by Ms. Plibersek’s inability to respond.

“How do you not understand your own politics?” she asked her before Mrs. Plibersek finally answered.

“It’s taxable income, I don’t know why it’s so complicated for Barnaby,” he said.

“Somebody just told you that,” Mr. Joyce replied.

Ms Plibersek said she “felt embarrassed” that Mr Joyce was “going on like this”.

Barr said she felt embarrassed that Australians had two meaningless policies to choose from on Saturday.

“I feel sorry for us, because we have to go into those voting booths and we have to try to figure out what the hell we’re voting for,” he said.

Morrison then responded to criticism that by agreeing to the plan, the youngsters would lose their super.

He told Barr it would complement the government’s other policy, which encourages older Australians to downsize to open more homes for young families, a policy Labor actually supports.

Labor does not support the super regime.

“This is a balanced policy that deals with… increasing supply by supporting downsizing, getting more supply on the market and helping young Australians, but it applies to people of any age when they buy their own house to have access to their own money.” Morrison told Channel 7.

“The Labor Party opposed this because they don’t treat groceries like it’s their money, it’s their money. You earned it and you kept it.

“This helps…people to have a stronger retirement but at the same time not miss the opportunity to not wait years and years more.

“(It also) ensures that by having a larger deposit…you’re lowering your mortgage payments…You could save thousands of dollars a year.”

house prices will rise

The superannuation minister, Jane Hume MP, also frankly admitted that the government’s survival policy will “push up house prices”, at least in the short term.

“I imagine there will be a lot of people coming forward with their decision to buy a home,” Senator Hume told ABC Radio.

“So I would imagine that in the short term, you could see an increase in house prices.

“But that doesn’t play into the long-term benefits of more home ownership, fewer people relying on rent.”

When asked if she felt comfortable with the possibility of a government policy driving up housing prices even higher, Senator Hume said that the government’s plan at the end of the day was something she felt confident about.

“I feel very comfortable with more Australians owning their own homes sooner, with the financial certainty and security of owning their own home,” she said.

Senator Hume was unable to answer the question of whether the government had done any modeling of how the policy would impact the market.

Liberal party heavyweights, including former Treasurer Peter Costello and former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have criticized the policy.

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