& # 39; That's not how it works! & # 39; Scott Morrison locks horns with Leigh's ABC sale in heated exchange via cashless Centrelink cards, drug tests for dole recipients and interest rates
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Leigh Sales struggled about economic and social policy
- Morrison appeared on Monday evening at 7.30 and defended his budget surplus
- Host Leigh Sales wondered if it was at odds with stimulating the economy
- The two also argued about testing drugs on welfare and cashless welfare cards
Scott Morrison and 7.30 host Leigh Sales have closed the horns in a heated debate on interest rates, cashless Centrelink cards and drug tests for recipients.
When asked whether the government's focus on achieving a surplus is at odds with the Reserve Bank's attempts to stimulate the economy, Mr. Morrison replied that it is an & # 39; absurd proposition & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; Look, that's not how it works. The Governor of the Reserve Bank does not call on the government not to have a surplus. That is a ridiculous suggestion. He does not suggest that at all, & he told Monday at 7:30 am.
Scott Morrison and 7.30 Leigh Sales host closed horns in a heated debate on interest rates, cashless Centrelink cards and drug tests for recipients
Sales stated that finding a surplus means that the government spends less money and wondered if it was the right time for the economy to do this.
& # 39; Of course it is the right time to reduce the debt. It costs $ 375 billion. This is the first year we have been able to get the government back within the possibilities, & Mr 39ris fired back.
When Sales asked if Mr. Morrison agreed with Dr. RBA chairman Philip Lowe that companies should give employees higher wage increases, Morrison stumbled through a lengthy non-response.
& # 39; We want wages to rise, but we want them to increase productivity and we want people to earn more with what they do and can earn more with what they do by being more valuable in the work they do & # 39 ;, he said .
The sale also questioned the prime minister about another controversial plan from the government – to test people for their well-being.
She asked if the plan & # 39; really was about & # 39; get people off drugs or kick & # 39; of well-being and save the money & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I find that a very unfriendly way to say it, Leigh, & # 39; Mr. Morrison replied.
& # 39; This is about helping people cope with a life-threatening addiction that helps them get rid of it and find a job where they have more and a better future. Why would you question the motives? & # 39;
The idea has been knocked back twice by the parliament, but is on the agenda again when the parliament resumes this week after the winter break.
& # 39; We want to support and encourage Australians to tackle any obstacles to work again & # 39 ;, Senator Cormann told ABC earlier.
& # 39; That, of course, is why we believe that through this drug test we should assess whether there are better ways to lead Australians into treatment. & # 39;
& # 39; Look, that's not how it works. The Governor of the Reserve Bank is not calling on the government not to have a surplus & # 39 ;, Morrison told Monday at 7:30 am
The Australian Medical Association claimed that there is no evidence of international pathways that the approach works and it can hamper people's chances of finding a different job.
The government needs the support of Senator Jacqui Lambie, but she has said she will not give it unless more rehabilitation services are funded.
& # 39; I will not support this until I can see that the services are in place, the rehabilitation services for these people to deter their habits – which I have yet to see. & # 39;
The couple also dealt with the government's controversial cashless welfare card.
& # 39; People with a sense of assistance are already ashamed of this. Is it not mandatory to wear something like this instead of opt-in, possibly contributing to that feeling of shame? & # 39; Sales requested.
The prime minister responded by saying that the program should be seen as a real attempt to help people in these situations better manage their resources.
& # 39; I think it should not be characterized in those terms at all. It must be seen for what it is, which is a real effort to help people in these situations, to help them better manage their resources and to ensure that food is on the table, & he said.
The card has been tested in the Wide Bay area of Queensland since January, where Morrison said the youth unemployment rate had fallen from 27 percent to 18 percent.
The prime minister also defended the government's cashless welfare card plan (Scott Morrison pictured earlier this year with wife Jenny)
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