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Ally Langdon has accused Scott Morrison of treating Australians like they are ‘helpless’ during a fiery television interview after he vowed to change his personality.
The Prime Minister on Friday admitted that during the pandemic he acted like a ‘bulldozer’ and promised to be kinder if he’s re-elected for another three years.
Labor said the admission was a desperate last-ditch tactic to turn around his election fortunes with polls predicting an 80-seat Labor majority on May 21.
Langdon asked if the PM’s pledge to change meant we’ve ‘not had the real Scott Morrison’ so far.
But he replied: ‘Of course we have. The strong leader and, yes, I can be a bit of a bulldozer and that’s what we’ve needed to get through these difficult times.’
Ally Langdon (pictured) has accused Scott Morrison of treating Australians as ‘helpless’ during a fiery television interview after he vowed to change his personality
Mr Morrison then talked about how he shown ‘strength’ by stopping asylum seeker boats as immigration minister, taking ‘us through the worst pandemic’ and getting unemployment down to four per cent this year.
Langdon hit back with a stinging response, accusing the PM of patronising Australians.
‘What you’re saying right now 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 the Australian people? Are we really that 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.
‘Everybody 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 seem to handle any challenge or opportunity without you?’
The Prime Minister again shot down the line of questioning, saying: ‘No… I have banked on Australia’s resilience during the course of the last three years.’
Langdon asked Mr Morrison if his promise to change was an admission that ‘voters don’t like what they see’ before he replied ‘no’ and proceeded to attack Anthony Albanese and Labor.
‘Australians can vote for that positive future by voting Liberal and National, and avoiding the inexperience and the risk of what is unknown about Labor,’ he said.
The Prime Minister (pictured) denied treating Aussies as helpless during the pandemic
The clash came after Mr Morrison used the Liberal Party’s official election campaign launch on Sunday to announce first home buyers will be able to access 40 per cent of their superannuation up to $50,000 to buy a house.
But Liberal campaign spokeswoman Jane Hume admitted the policy would cause an increase in house prices due to increased demand.
‘I would imagine that there would be a lot of people that bring forward their decision to buy a house so I would imagine in the short term you might see a bump in house prices,’ she told ABC Radio National on Monday.
‘But that doesn’t play out the long term benefits of more home ownership, fewer people relying 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 that this will push up housing prices, we know it’ll mean people have less super to retire on.’
The policy includes a requirement for home owners to return the initial super amount withdrawn plus an equivalent proportion of the capital gain or loss when they eventually sell the house.
The prime minister dodged questions about what would happen if the housing market crashed and people needed to sell at a loss, losing their super investment simultaneously.
Mr Morrison is pictured alongside wife Jenny outside his RAAF jet which he has taken around the country during the election campaign