Labor MP Shredded The Government By Proving How Similar Real Policies Are To ‘Betoota’ Headlines

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Anika Wells Betoota

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Everyone knows our government’s policies can be a joke, but Queensland politician Anika Wells tore the Liberal National Party a new one by asking if recent policies were real… or just Betoota Advocate headlines.

The Member for Lilley addressed the House of Representatives on Thursday with a number of statements relating to young people’s economic prospects.

“Treasurer tells young first home buyers being crushed by an investor-driven housing market of his own making, to get a better job,” the Labor MP launched into her game with.

Betoota!” a politician yelled back in response. But nope — former Treasurer Joe Hockey actually said that in 2015.

“Government asked youth to use their retirement savings to prop up [the] hyper-inflated property market,” Wells asked next.

Bit of a trick question — while it was a Betoota headline, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg did float plans to let people dip into their superannuation early to pay for their homes. In the latest federal budget, the government announced a superannuation-style scheme to let people save for their deposit, as a trial for eventually letting first home buyers use their actual retirement savings to buy a house.

“Deputy prime minister, who earns nine grand a week, tells casual baristas, who earn 20 bucks an hour, that going a week without pay isn’t a long time,” Wells threw to her colleagues.

This of course is the words of Michael McCormack in his temporary capacity as acting prime minister, directed at Victorians in their fourth lockdown without the aid of JobKeeper this time around.

Wells ended her pop quiz with one of Betoota’s satirical bits against maligned Harvey Norman, and its co-founder’s resistance to give back the government funds it used to pay its employees last year, despite making a significant profit during the pandemic. “Millennials can’t afford [a] home after spending all their money bailing out Gerry Harvey,” she said.

As far as criticism of federal policies go, Wells’ lighthearted digs against our doomed economic future went down a treat.