Sunrise's Monique Wright has revealed her family's "desperate" struggle to find a rental home amid Australia's rental crisis.
The Weekend Sunrise host filled in on Thursday while Edwina Bartholomew was away, and said she has inspected 30 properties and has still been unable to find a place to live.
"Just tough isn't it, in that rental market at the moment," David 'Kochie' Koch said of the current climate.
"We’ve recently been looking, and we’ve looked at 30 properties," she shared. "It is appalling, it is so appalling. You see it, people are desperate. We've been desperate."
"At every price point, exactly," Natalie Barr responded, with Kochie adding, "Amazing."
The vacancy rate in Sydney and Melbourne has dropped to just one per cent, as renters struggle to keep up with increasing rental payments.
Nat Barr tears up in emotional interview
It comes after Nat was reduced to tears earlier this week after interviewing distraught parents Belinda and Brett Beasley, who sadly lost their son Jack Beasley in 2019. Their son died after suffering a knife wound to his chest at just 17 years old, causing the couple to campaign for stricter laws in Queensland.
After years of working closely with the state’s police force, a bill titled ‘Jack’s Law’ has been introduced to Queensland’s parliament. If legislation gets passed, it will allow Queensland’s police officers to search for weapons on public transport and in nightlife districts.
The parents are hoping that a similar bill can eventually be implemented Australia-wide to help curb knife crime.
Nat looked emotional as she said the whole process must be “bittersweet” for the pair, asking Belinda what her son would have thought of their campaign.
“I think he would be very, very proud of us, I hope he would be anyway,” Belinda replied, before choking up. “It’s gonna save lives, which is what our aim has been from the start.”
Nat apologised for bringing Belinda to tears, while Kochie called the couple “remarkable people”.
After the interview wrapped up, Nat couldn’t help but let her emotions show, tearing up as 'Kochie' comforted her.
“God, they, the fact that they have to do it. I’m so sorry for them,” she said, while Kochie placed a hand on her back.
Sunrise fans applauded Nat’s “human” response, saying that it was a really sad situation.
“Nice to see this level of emotion from journalists, she has young kids — how could you not empathise!” one fan wrote on social media.
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