Ally Langdon rips Scott Morrison after saying he’d ‘change’ his personality if he won election: ‘It sounds like you’re saying we can’t handle anything without you’
- Scott Morrison admitted he had been a ‘bulldozer’ and promised to be nicer
- Labor said it was a desperate last-ditch tactic to reverse the fortunes of the election
- Today host Ally Landon accused the Prime Minister of treating Aussies as ‘helpless’
- The clash came after the Liberals unveiled a plan to allow supers to buy a house
Ally Langdon has accused Scott Morrison of treating Aussies like they’re ‘helpless’ in a fiery TV interview after he vowed to change his personality.
On Friday, the Prime Minister admitted that during the pandemic he had acted like a “bulldozer” and promised to be nicer if re-elected for another three years.
Labor said admission was a desperate last-ditch tactic to reverse its electoral fortunes, with polls predicting an 80-seat Labor majority on May 21.
Langdon asked if the Prime Minister’s promise of change meant we had ‘not had the real Scott Morrison’ so far.
But he replied, “Of course we did. The strong leader and, yes, I can be a bit of a bulldozer and that’s what we needed to get through these tough times.
Ally Langdon (pictured) accused Scott Morrison of treating Aussies as ‘helpless’ in a fiery TV interview after he vowed to change his personality
Mr Morrison went on to explain how he had shown ‘strength’ in stopping asylum seeker boats as immigration minister, ‘getting us through the worst pandemic’ and bringing unemployment down to 4 per cent This year.
Langdon fired back with a scathing response, accusing the prime minister of condescending to Australians.
“What you are saying right now is that we needed your strength, your protection and now, in a time of opportunity, we need your encouragement, your facilitation and your enthusiasm.
“Do you really have that feeling towards the Australian people? Are we really so helpless,’ she said.
Mr Morrison quickly refuted that suggestion, saying: ‘No, that’s not what I’m describing and I wouldn’t see it that way at all.’
“Everyone needs encouragement. I believe passionately in the Australian people. I love the Australian people,’ he said before Langdon cut him off.
She asked, “But it seems like we can’t meet a challenge or an opportunity without you?”
The Prime Minister again dismissed the line of questioning, saying: ‘No…I’ve been banking on Australia’s resilience over the past three years.’
Langdon asked Mr Morrison if his promise of change was an admission that ‘voters don’t like what they see” before answering “no” and attacking Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party.
‘Australians can vote for this positive future by voting Liberal and National, and avoiding the inexperience and risk of what is unknown to Labour,” he said.
The Prime Minister (pictured) denied treating Australians as helpless during the pandemic
The clash came after Mr Morrison used the official launch of the Liberal Party’s election campaign on Sunday to announce that first-time home buyers will be able to access 40 per cent of their superannuation up to $50,000 for to buy a house.
But Liberal campaign spokeswoman Jane Hume admitted the policy would cause house prices to rise due to increased demand.
“I would imagine there would be a lot of people pushing their decision to buy a home, so I would imagine in the short term you could see an increase in house prices,” she said. told ABC Radio National on Monday.
“But that doesn’t play into the long-term benefits of more home ownership, fewer people depending on rent…there are so many factors that play into the housing market.”
Labor campaign spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek said even Liberal stalwarts like John Howard, Peter Costello and Malcolm Turnbull opposed the policy.
“You shouldn’t have to choose between housing today and poverty in old age,” she told the Seven Network on Monday.
“We know it will drive up housing prices, we know it will mean people will have less super to retire on.”
The policy includes an obligation for homeowners to return the original super amount withdrawn plus an equivalent proportion of the capital gain or loss when they ultimately sell the home.
The prime minister dodged questions about what would happen if the housing market crashed and people had to sell at a loss, simultaneously losing their super investment.
Mr Morrison is pictured alongside his wife Jenny outside his RAAF plane which he flew around the country during the election campaign