Oi ScoMo, get off me lawn! Hilarious moment Scott Morrison is heckled by a furious homeowner for holding a press conference on his grass
- Scott Morrison was announcing new HomeBuilder scheme near Canberra today
- The PM was interrupted when taking questions from journalists on live TV
- Home-owner shouted at reporters and crews to get off his freshly seeded lawn
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Scott Morrison’s press conference to announce his new HomeBuilder scheme this morning was interrupted by a furious home-owner.
The Prime Minister was taking questions from journalists on live TV in Googong, near Canberra when a man came out of his home and chastised reporters who were standing on the edge of his garden.
‘Can everyone get off the grass please,’ yelled the bearded man who was wearing a hoody and no shoes.
‘Can everyone get off the grass please,’ yelled the man (top left with hands on hips) who was wearing a hoody and no shoes
After the TV crews moved, Mr Morrison replied: ‘All good? That’s all good, thanks.’ The man (pictured) gave a thumbs up and went back inside
Mr Morrison asked reporters to move off the grass, saying: ‘Sure, let’s just move back from there, please, off the thing’.
‘Hey guys I’ve just re-seeded that,’ the man shouted again.
After the TV crews moved, Mr Morrison replied: ‘All good? That’s all good, thanks.’
The man gave a thumbs up and went back inside.
Mr Morrison was later pictured chatting to the home-owner, who lived right next to the construction site where the announcement was being made.
Later in the morning, Mr Morrison recounted the situation in a 2GB radio interview with Ray Hadley.
He said: ‘It was quite funny because we were out there at Googong which is you know a housing estate like so many all around the country, and people are very house-proud and this bloke had just built his house and all the media was standing on part of his lawn that he’d re-seeded.
‘And so he wasn’t yelling at me but he came and said “get off my lawn.” So I ushered them all off the lawned area and he was quite happy then, he said thanks and went back inside. So it was, it was quite funny actually.’
The homeowner (left) did not seem too impressed the Prime Minster (right) as they chatted afterwards
The HomeBuilder scheme is designed to rescue the country from its first recession in 29 years, caused by coronavirus lockdowns.
Grants of $25,000 are available for renovation works that cost between $150,000 and $750,000 and for new homes valued at less than $750,000.
Renovations must improve the ‘livibility’ of the home, meaning swimming pools, tennis courts, outdoor spas and saunas, and detached sheds or garages do not count.
The house being renovated must not be valued at more than $1.5million and must be the applicant’s primary residence, meaning investment properties do not qualify.
To get the cash, applicants must earn less than $125,000 or be in a couple earning less than $200,000.
Renovations must improve the ‘livibility’ of the home, meaning swimming pools, tennis courts, outdoor spas and saunas, and detached sheds or garages do not count (stock image)
There are a number of restrictions on where the $25,000 can be spent. Those looking to build a new tennis court will be left disappointed (stock)
The applicant must pay a licensed builder the first installment for starting work and then can apply to their state or territory revenue office for the $25,000.
After checking all the criteria is met, officials will transfer the cash directly into the applicant’s chosen bank account.
In total, the policy is expected to cost $688million and provide work for 140,000 tradies and another 1million workers in the supply chain.
Announcing the policy today at a construction site in the federal seat of Eden-Monaro, which faces a by-election next month, the Prime Minister said: ‘Australia is in a battle for jobs, and our Government is in that battle for jobs.’
‘If you’ve been putting off that renovation or new build, the extra $25,000 we’re putting on the table along with record low interest rates means now’s the time to get started.’
The grants are available for renovation works that cost between $150,000 and $750,000. Pictured: A house being built in Cobbitty in Sydney
By stimulating private investment, it will generate ten to 15 billion dollars of economic activity.
‘This investment isn’t just about helping Australians bring their dream home to life, it’s about creating jobs and helping support the more than one million workers in the sector including builders, painters, plumbers and electricians across the country,’ Mr Morrison said.
The scheme lasts from 4 June 2020 until 31 December 2020.
What you need to know about Homebuiler: Who is eligible and what can be built?
To access HomeBuilder, owner-occupiers must meet the following criteria:
You are an individual, not a company or trust;
You are aged 18 years or older;
You are an Australian citizen
You earn less than $125,000 or in a couple earning less than $200,000
What can be built?
A new home as a principal place of residence valued up to $750,000 (including land);
A renovation to an existing home as a principal place of residence, with renovations valued at between $150,000 and $750,000 with the dwelling not valued at more than $1.5 million before the renovation.
The renovation works must be to improve the accessibility, safety and liveability of the dwelling.
Swimming pools, tennis courts, outdoor spas and saunas, and detached sheds or garages do not count
The renovation can be a combination of works (ie kitchen and bathroom renovation) but must be under the supervision of a registered or licenced builder
Construction must be contracted to commence within three months of the contract date
Who can do the building?
Renovations or building work must be undertaken by a registered or licenced building service ‘contractor’. They must have held the building licence or endorsed contractor licence before 4 June.
The contract must be made by two parties freely and independently of each other, and without some special relationship, such as being a relative.
The terms of the contract should be commercially reasonable and the contract price should not be inflated compared to the fair market price.
‘What about ordinary people?’ Scott Morrison’s $25,000 renovation handouts are slammed as a ‘gift to wealthy’ homeowners because Australians need to spend $150,000 to get the cash grants
By Charlie Moore, political reporter for Daily Mail Australia
Scott Morrison’s new home renovation policy is copping heavy criticism from both sides of politics for leaving millions of Australians in the cold.
Under the HomeBuilder scheme announced today, applicants must spend at least $150,000 to qualify for a cash grant of $25,000.
Aussies around the nation became excited by the prospect of government support when the policy was touted this week – but, for many, the threshold is simply too high.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese today slammed the scheme, saying it was ‘not well targeted’.
‘There’s not many Australian battlers who have a lazy $150,000 to renovate their bathroom or the kitchen,’ he said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured today) announced his new scheme in Eden-Monaro which is facing a by-election in July
The announcement sparked fury on social media as critics said the policy will use taxpayer money to make ‘rich people richer’.
‘What about the ordinary people?’ one critic wrote.
Emma Dawson, director of the left-wing Per Capita think tank, said: ‘This HomeBuilder thing is beyond parody. It’s economically stupid and morally repulsive.’
Others said it was unfair for the government to support tradesmen while considering slimming down the JobKeeper policy in September.
‘So now tax payers are footing part of the bill for rich people to boost the value of their property to support tradies who make more than the average tax payer,’ one critic wrote.
The policy has also been criticised by free-market think tank the IPA, which believes it is a ‘gross waste’ of taxpayer money.
Director of Policy Gideon Rozner told Daily Mail Australia: ‘This is a bank stimulus package by another name. No couple on under $200,000 or single on under $125,000 a year has a spare $150,000 lying around to spend on a home renovation to be even eligible.
‘So in order to access this Australians are going to be putting more money their mortgage, and will end up paying the free $25,000 in interest payments.’
Scott Morrison (right) speaks to a local after announcing the new HomeBuilder stimulus packag, in Googong, New South Wales
Under the new HomeBuilder scheme announced today, applicants must spend at least $150,000 to qualify for a cash grant of $25,000
Even some tradesman have said the scheme is a waste of money.
Builders Collective president Phil Dwyer told Melbourne radio 3AW: ‘At the moment I think it’s a little bit busier than usual. There’s a heap of renovations in every suburb in this town.
‘I can’t imagine why we would need cash injections to help us. We’re just going to overheat the industry.’
On the other hand, industry leaders and economists have hailed the plan to help the $100billion construction industry and support one million jobs.
Master Builders Australia chief executive Denita Wawn said the package would save small construction companies from a potential catastrophe.
‘We were facing death valley in terms of job losses,’ she said today.
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Ms Wawn said the inclusion of renovations to the scheme bypasses ‘the red tape’ of requesting planning approvals.
Stockland chief executive communities Andrew Whitson said: ‘A clear stimulus for the housing construction sector is a powerful measure to help restart the Australian economy and support a million jobs.’
A government source told Daily Mail Australia the $150,000 threshold is to encourage large projects to provide enough jobs.
Secondly, the high threshold is a deterrent against rorting and stops builders inflating their prices as happened during the Rudd government’s disastrous ‘pink batts’ scheme after the 2008 crash.
‘If we gave everyone a grant then $10,000 projects would mysteriously become $25,000 projects,’ the source said.
An estimated 27,000 people are expected to apply for the grants to renovate their home or build a new house – but Labor believes the project does not go far enough.
Labor’s housing spokesman Jason Clare said: ‘There’s about a million Australians who work in the home building industry. All were relying on the Prime Minister to deliver today and he’s failed.’
Labor is dismayed that the government has not embarked on projects to build more Housing Commission homes.
‘During the coronavirus crisis, homeless people had to be put up in hotels because we don’t have enough social housing in this country. At a time when we need urgent stimulus, why would the Government ignore this national priority,’ Mr Albanese said.
Mr Clare added: ‘For six weeks we’ve been telling the Government they need a comprehensive plan to keep Australian tradies working.
Labor is dismayed that the government has not embarked on project to build more social housing while the country is in recession
‘That includes building social housing, repairing social housing, building for affordable accommodation for front-line workers, expanding the first home loan deposit scheme to encourage more first home buyers to build their first home, and grants for first home buyers as well. What the Government has announced today is barely one of those measures.’
Housing minister Michael Sukkar said the scheme was preferable to investing in social housing because a government investment of $688million will help stimulate $10billion of economic activity.
The government source said the policy is designed to give people who may have shelved plans to renovate or build their home the confidence to go ahead during uncertain economic times.
Mr Albanese also slammed the government for not rolling out the project sooner.
‘There is no doubt announcements are being delayed to come up with slick slogans,’ he said.
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