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Leigh Sales grills Scott Morrison on his new first home buyer superannuation scheme for Australians

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Leigh Sales grills Scott Morrison on his new first home buyer superannuation scheme for Australians

Scott Morrison goes on the attack as he’s grilled by Leigh Sales – furiously denying using community sports grants to prop up marginal seats and defending his controversial new first home buyer policy

Scott Morrison has gone throat to throat with Leigh Sales in a fiery showdown over his policies and leadership as he desperately tries to defend his title in the lead up to the federal election.

With just a few days until Australians hit the ballot booths, the prime minister jumped on the defensive as the veteran journalist scrutinised his government’s shortcomings on the ABC’s 7.30 program on Monday.

The PM, who has been trailing behind in the polls, went on the attack through the majority of the segment, tersely cutting of Sales and disagreeing with the criticisms she levelled at the LNP.

But two contentious topics – the government’s new superannuation first home buyer scheme and community sports grants being used to prop up marginal seats – appeared to particularly get under Mr Morrison’s skin.  

Scott Morrison has fiercely defended his government in a tense showdown with Leigh Sales on ABC’s 7.30 program 

‘You have spoken about things you would have done differently. What would you have done differently for example when it came to the way your government used community sports grants as a slush fund to channel money to marginal seat?’ Sales posited. 

Mr Morrison bristled. 

‘I completely reject that,’ he fired back.

Sales pointed out that her assertion was the finding of the Australian National Audit Office, who found that half of successful projects that weren’t recommended by Sport Australia went to marginal seats.

But Mr Morrison claimed the agency was ill-equipped to deal with such measures.

‘I don’t think public servants sitting in Canberra have a better idea of what people need in their communities than their members of Parliament,’ he said.

Sales appeared to get under the PM's skin after bringing up brutal criticisms of his leadership

Sales appeared to get under the PM’s skin after bringing up brutal criticisms of his leadership

Sales continued to stoke Mr Morrison’s sore spots by bringing up his controversial new plan to allow first home buyers to dip into their superannuation to pay for a deposit. 

Since it was announced on Sunday, the scheme has been widely condemned amid concerns it will fuel the soaring property market and will be detrimental to young Australian’s retirement funds in the long term.

Critics have pointed out several luminaries of the Liberal Party have previously condemned the notion of introducing policies that would allow people to raid their super to purchase a home. 

‘Your own superannuation minister Jane Hume said it would drive housing prices up short term,’ Sales said.

‘What’s the point of a policy that makes already insane housing prices even worse?

More to come. 

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