Asked at a press convention at this time, Mr Albanese did not know the money price and guessed unemployment was at 5.4 per cent.
He apologised and stated “I’m not sure what it is” earlier than Labor finance spokeswoman Katy Gallagher accurately answered the query.
The RBA money price is at 0.1 per cent whereas unemployment sits at 4 per cent.
Mr Albanese later “fessed up”, saying he was “only human” and that when he made a mistake he owned as much as it.
Mr Howard, again on the marketing campaign path nearly 15 years after he left workplace, dismissed the awkward second, asking if it was a “serious question”.
“Anthony Albanese didn’t know the unemployment (rate),” he stated.
Mr Howard was caught out in an A Current Affair interview in 2007, saying the speed was 6.25 per cent when it was really 6.5 per cent.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison had no such issues when requested the identical questions at his personal press convention, which came about after Mr Albanese’s.
“Well 0.1 per cent is the cash rate, has been for some time,” Mr Morrison stated.
“The unemployment rate, I’m happy to say is 4 per cent, falling to a 50-year low.”
Hip-pocket questions have led to stumbles for each candidates, with Mr Morrison in February caught on the hop after being unable to call the worth of a loaf of bread or a litre of petrol.