Unlike their previous meeting, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and broadcaster Alan Jones’ on-air face-off on Wednesday morning remained a decent, cool and calm discussion.
In 2014, the duo had an extremely heated argument on the Alan Jones radio show and accused each other of being “bomb throwers.” As a result, the Australian population awaited the debate to see how it goes this time, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Surprisingly, the face-off went well with both the prime minister and the broadcaster coming onto a neutral agreement.
Here are some of the valuable takeaways from the face-off.
The public expected the face-off to exhibit the same level of aggression as it did in June 2014. Jones knew what the masses expected. Hence, he already specified that they won’t get to see what they were waiting for. “For those of you expecting some kind of brawl, forget it. It won’t happen,” he told his 2GB listeners. “This is an election campaign and it is a very serious matter and I will be focusing, as we always do on this program, on policy.”
Jones asked the PM about the outstanding debt of around $85 billion which the government plans to use in forward estimates. He asked how he would manage the expenditure when Australia already suffers nine deficits in a row. Turnbull agreed that “it is a slog” but a developing or growing economy is the answer to the question. Turnbull said the government would work to foster the economic condition and also enhance job opportunities to achieve the budget goals.
On the question whether the government had any hidden agenda relating to negative gearing, the prime minister indicated a positive sign. He said following Labor’s negative gearing scheme would put restrictions on the economic freedom. It would put a ban on every asset one has except new house expenditures.
The government’s $1.6 million cap on tax-free super earnings was described as “really toxic” by Jones. To this, the PM defended his scheme and said that the reforms made to superannuation schemes are “fair and well-targeted.”
Jones asked the prime minister about the Safe Schools program where teenage girls role-play and get to know about lesbian lifestyles. The Reporter mentioned PM Malcolm Turnbull as saying that there are changes that have been made into the programme started by Labor during their reign to ensure compulsory involvement of parents into the programme.