Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to say whether he will stand down after the federal election when asked what he would do in the event of a Coalition defeat or hung parliament.

“No, that’s not something I’m contemplating because I’m not contemplating that being the scenario,” he told the ABC’s 730 program on Monday night.

Watch Scott Morrison respond to the uncomfortable question in the video above

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The PM said he would accept the outcome of the election as he trusted the choices Australians will make at the ballot box, but would not speculate on the result of Saturday’s poll.

“I’m focused on one thing and that’s ensuring our government continues,” he told Leigh Sales.

Morrison said he recognized that Australians wanted him to be more inclusive if he gained another term in power.

He said criticisms that he did not take responsibility for things that went wrong, or that he lied were Labor’s and not the community’s.

“During the course of a crisis and a pandemic, you’ve got to move fast, you’ve got to be decisive,” Morrison said.

“That means sometimes you can not take everybody with you. And you do not always get everything right either. ”

The prime minister is at serious risk of being turfed out of office, with Labor leading in the polls.
The prime minister is at serious risk of being turfed out of office, with Labor leading in the polls. Credit: Getty Images

It comes as the Coalition and Labor are locked in a heated battle over their respective housing policies.

On Sunday, the prime minister announced first home buyers would be able to access 40 per cent of their superannuation up to $ 50,000 to buy a house.

In addition, a re-elected coalition would expand a scheme to encourage older Australians to downsize and free up housing supply.

Morrison said the scheme was a way to help people deal with rising cost of living pressures and get them into their own homes.

“This is people’s own money, their own super, investing in their own house,” he told Sunrise on Monday.

“This helps people get in their own home now, they do not have to stand on the side lines while they see house prices go up and they get left out.

“The Labor party and others oppose this because they do not treat super like it’s your money.”

Watch Scott Morrison discuss his policy allowing first home buyers to use their super on Sunrise below

First home buyers will be able to dip into their retirement savings to buy a house.

First home buyers will be able to dip into their retirement savings to buy a house.

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese said the prime minister’s proposal proved he just wanted to cut people’s super rather than address housing affordability.

He claimed that the policy would also increase house prices.

“If you take super away from people, then you’ll have higher deficits and bills from the government in the future,” he told reporters in Perth on Monday.

“This is an attack on future savings, it’s an attack on future generations, it’s not about assisting people.”

The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees said the coalition’s plan would drive up house prices and undermine the core purpose of the super system.

“Using super as a deposit will drive up property prices, leaving Australians with higher debt and depleted retirement savings,” the institute’s chief executive Eva Scheerlinck said.

“Superannuation … is not a piggy bank the government can open at its convenience to avoid dealing with the real systemic issues facing first home buyers.”

Labor’s housing alternative involves a “help to buy” scheme where 10,000 low income earners would be eligible for a government equity contribution to help enter the housing market.

Watch Treasurer Josh Frydenberg respond to being asked if he’d like Scott Morrison’s job below

– With AAP

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