Who won the People’s forum… The Starts at 60 Worm said… 4



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It was a long debate tonight on SKY News Channel 601, and the clear winner of the debate was the Australian public.

Watching this event it was clear our political system has not gone the way of the Americans in their recent campaigning and that ours may be destined for a little while longer to remain civil and tasteful.  It is something we can all be a little proud of.  No Trump here.  This was not even the ugly politics of the last five years.  Our politicians were both remarkably dignified.

The questions were fought over civilly and we’re looking for your feedback on where we sit our worm tonight. Which issues do you think were won by Shorten and which by Turnbull?


Why can’t the government allowed people to use their Superannuation to enter the housing market? 

The questioner posed that those earning under $80,ooo would like to be able to access their Superannuation Funds to buy a family home or pay off their home earlier than at Superannuation age.

Both parties said they had no plans to allow super to be used for housing deposits.


Turnbull said super is designed to provide greater dignity and comfort in retirement and early access would undermine that system.

“The purpose of superannuation is to provide for people in retirement… The whole purpose of it,” said Turnbull.


Will Labor’s Policy to change negative gearing push up rents?

The housing affordability crisis was Shorten’s response during which he confidently stated that he would change the negative gearing, not “cancel it”.  He said that only

Turnbull says Shorten’s threat to ban negative gearing will remove up to 30 percent of the buyers from the market, and that rents would go up and home values will go down.  He called it a reckless experiment with the biggest asset class in Australia.


Why are banks are able to raise interest rates independent of the official cash rate set by the RBA?

“We are very,very focused on ensuring our banks remain strong, they are highly regulated, and they provide a good service to Australia,” said Turnbull.

But Shorten disagreed saying “it is long overdue to have a Royal Commission into Australia’s banks.”


Mr Turnbull accused Bill Shorten of wanting  to “line up the banks as if they’re all criminals” but deplored that we need to be very careful what we wish for here. “We have a strong economy, but it needs clear, disciplined economic leadership.”


Is there anything you can do to help Families deal with the cost of childcare?

Shorten, who admitted he has not yet released his funding package on childcare, but said Labor has decided to adopt the same funding envelope as the Government, but they plan to offer it to people who earn up to 60/70-80k

Turn the two childcare benefits into one, and increase the subsidy on people under

Make sure that families on lower incomes so that more women can stay engaged with the workforce right throughout their lives.  Turnbull and Shorten debated over the timing of the childcare packages and both recognised that the lower end of the market were where their support would be


When are we going to pay off the debt? 

Shorten chose to list a few ways the Labor would save money in the budget.

Turnbull instead chose to accentuate his desire to drive economic growth faster than spending.  This question played into a strong close.

There was certainly other issues, and the onflowing social media we have given you a taste of below too.  But what really matters is your opinion.  Who do you think won the people’s forum tonight?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Who’s been drinking on the job? Edit, edit, edit…………………..

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    • I would very much like to read this article. Could it be edited properly so it makes sense please?

  2. get rid of negative gearing altogether . it is false tax benefits. we positive gear our 2nd property and are much better off. superannuation is just that super for retirement, what happens when they retire, go on a pension? complain they have no money to live on.. I have a super not brilliant but with the income from our rental get no government pension or benefits . when we bought our first house, no first home owner grant and we delivered junk mail to help pay for it, Now these younger ones say NO WAY would I stoop to that, Turnbull can have a strong close but he was hiding the fact that debt is now 3 times greater under this government, and they still cant get their budget correct, they just decimated the ARTS yet can waste $160 million on a plebiscite that parliament can action. $160mill would fix the Arts employment and give pensioners a “pay” may be small but an increase.. Nah, it was Bill Shorten winning all the way.

  3. Bill is a decent and committed man. Malcolm may be committed but he still favours the big end of town. It is a tribute to them both that they can still debate civilly. Bill is the more impressive of the two and does not waffle. Malcolm has a tendency to waffle about nothing while trying to make a point.

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