Sam Armytage says people earning $180,000 AREN’T rich during heated Sunrise debate – after Scott Morrison sparked controversy by claiming wealthy FIFO workers deserved tax cuts
- Sam Armytage backed Scott Morrison’s claim about workers on $180k a year
- The Sunrise host claimed someone on $180k a year in Sydney isn’t wealthy
- Scott Morrison made the same claim a day earlier about FIFO workers in QLD
Sam Armytage made the astonishing claim that workers earning $180,000 a year aren’t rich.
Her comments came during a heated debate on Sunrise on Thursday after Scott Morrison made the same claim about FIFO miners on $180,000 a year in Queensland.
Mr Morrison – who earns just shy of $550,000 a year – refused to give a specific figure when grilled by reporters on what he considered as the high income threshold.
He believes the figure differs on the role and where you live in Australia.
The Sunrise host agreed with Mr Morrison, saying that someone on $180,000 in Sydney would not be considered wealthy.
‘I guess it depends where you live in Australia as to whether or not you’re wealthy on $180,000,’ Ms Armytage said.
‘In Sydney, probably not.’
Ms Armytage, who is one of the network’s biggest stars, reportedly earned $500,000 last year.
In July she sold her North Bondi home in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs for about $3.2 million. Two months later she sold her luxury Southern Highlands cottage for a whopping $3.1million.
The prime minister made the statement while defending the federal government’s planned tax cuts to high income earners while visiting Rockhampton and Townsville in Queensland on Wednesday.
The planned stage three tax cuts are due July 2024, giving $11,640 to those on an $200,000 income.
‘I was in Rockhampton today, and there are many people there and in Sydney, for that matter, or in Melbourne or in Perth or other places who go out and work in the mines. And they earn quite well while they’re up there in the mines,’ he said in Townsville.
Sold: The TV personality has seen massive real estate success recently after also selling her stunning North Bondi home for $3.15 in July
Impressive: The TV host, 44, made a significant profit after purchasing the idyllic five-bedroom, five-bathroom Burrawang cottage for $2.2 million back in 2017
‘But you can’t do that work forever, and so what they’ll do is they’ll save. Now, I think it’s a good thing for Australians to want to earn more.
‘And I don’t want to anything to penalise them for doing that. And I think it’s a good thing that Australians get to keep more of what they earn.’
Mr Morrison’s comments have divided public opinion.
Social commentator Jane Caro called Mr Morrison’s comments a ‘slap in the face’ to some workers.
The prime minister (pictured in Townsville) was grilled by reporters as to what he considered as the high income threshold
‘For the many women over 60 surviving on $40 a day on the old Newstart rate then $180,000 is beyond their greatest dreams.’
Australian National University associate professor Ben Phillips believes anyone earning $180,000 was ‘doing pretty well’.
‘The average income for a worker is around $85,000. The median would be more like $60,000. If you’re earning $180,000 you’re in the top four per cent of incomes or thereabouts,’ he told news.com.au.
‘Household income is a little different. It’s more around $100,000 on average but the median would be lower.’
SCOTT MORRISON’S COMMENTS ON FIFO WORKERS:
‘It’s hard work, you’re away from your families. It’s fly in and it’s fly out. And you do earn a bit more when you’re doing that,’ he said.
‘But I tell you what, you put a bit of it away, too. And I don’t think they should be penalised and treated like they’re some merchant banker in Sydney.
‘They’re not, they’re hardworking people working out on mines and difficult parts of the country. I think they deserve a tax cut.’