Natalie Barr loses it at Tanya Plibersek as she struggles to answer a VERY simple question about Labor’s housing policy – as debate about using super to buy homes descends into a screaming match
- Tanya Plibersek and Barnaby Joyce clashed over home ownership on live TV
- Labor frontbencher unable to answer simple question, sparking shouting match
- Sunrise co-host Nat Barr summed it up best as she wrapped up fiery segment
Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek has stumbled live on air after failing to answer a key question about the party’s housing policy on live TV – leading Sunrise host Natalie Barr to erupt.
The breakfast TV host said she felt sorry for the Australian public, five days out from the Federal election, after Ms Plibersek and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce shouted over the top of each other on Monday morning.
The two senior politicians were each grilled about their policies on helping first homebuyers, after the Coalition proposed a plan to allow Aussie families to withdraw up to $50,000 from their superannuation to buy their first property.
Labor is proposing a different plan, where the Federal government would contribute up to 40 per cent of the purchase price of a first home.
The plan would be only be accessible to voters on a taxable income of up to $90,000 per annum for singles, or $120,000 for couples.
That was a fact Ms Plibersek stumbled over when grilled by Barr and Nationals Leader Mr Joyce over whether the policy applied to taxable or gross income.
The party’s education spokeswoman took almost two minutes to provide a straight answer.
‘Which one is it Tanya?! It’s your policy,’ an exasperated Mr Joyce asked.
‘Can you explain your policy? It’s the last week of the election!’
Mr Joyce became increasingly frustrated as Ms Plibersek dodged whether it was based on taxable or gross income by firing potshots at him.
‘You are such amateur hour,’ Mr Joyce snapped. ‘How do you not understand your own policy?’
Barr piled onto Ms Plibersek, asking: ‘Can you answer the question?’
Several questions later, Ms Plibersek eventually confirmed Labor’s policy was based on taxable income.
Mr Joyce implied she was given the answer by a staffer off-camera.
A fed up Barr summed it up best as she wrapped up to the segment, much to the disappointment of Ms Plibersek who wanted to discuss Labor’s campaign launch.
‘Can anyone feel sorry for the people of Australia this morning, trying to work out what on earth we are voting on this Saturday,’ Barr said.
Ms Plibersek added ‘I feel embarrassed the deputy Prime Minister carries on like that, I really do.’
Earlier in the segment, Ms Plibersek slammed Coalition’s housing policy previously rejected by two prime ministers and that it would see house prices skyrocket.
‘There is a reason why John Howard, Peter Costello… and Malcolm Turnbull rejected this policy,’ Ms Plibersek said.
Mr Joyce fired back, claiming it was better than the policy put forward by Labor.
Under the Coalition’s plan $50,000 can be withdrawn from superannuation to put towards a home but critics said this would only drive up prices (stock image)