Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slammed Labor’s plan to give all vaccinated Australians a one-off $300 payment, saying it was wasteful, insulting and failed to provide a single extra parking space to marginal voters.
“The average Australian doesn’t want $300 to spend on whatever they want. They want a half-built carpark next to a train station.
“Australians are doing the right thing, they don’t need to be bribed with cash. That’s what elections are for,” Mr Morrison said.
He said the $6 billion price tag was an irresponsible waste of money. “There are many much more targeted ways to waste that kind of money, believe you me. Buying overpriced vacant land next to an airport for starters.
“If we wanted to blow $6 billion we’d do it by designing a job payments scheme that gave money to big business who don’t need it. Or we’d use it to build toilet facilities for rowing clubs in seats where it looks like we’re under threat. That’s what responsible money management looks like, not this scattergun approach to the economy”.
Asked how it would be logistically possible to deliver carparks to all vaccinated Australians, the Prime Minister said not to get hung up on the detail. “It’s an announcement, it’s not an actual policy. Of course we’re not going to actually roll anything out”.