Scott Morrison SLAMS radio host who claims he poses for ‘silly photo ops’ – as the PM explains why he really picks up tools with ordinary Aussies
- Prime minister defends his campaign participation in ‘silly photo opportunities’
- Mr Morrison was asked why he poses for photos by 3AW host Neil Mitchell
- He defended the ‘stunts’ as trying to understand what apprentices are doing
- Mr Morrison also attacked Labor’s plan for govt equity in houses as ‘insane’
Scott Morrison has given a stern response to accusations by a leading radio broadcaster that he takes part in ‘silly photo opportunities’ during the election campaign.
Top-rating 3AW breakfast host Neil Mitchell asked Mr Morrison whether he ever ‘got sick of’ the photos he poses for in the lead-up to the May 21 national poll.
‘I know you enjoy campaigning, but do you ever get sick of those silly photo opportunities? You know, with the haircuts and buzz saws and those sorts of things,’ Mitchell asked the prime minister.
‘What’s on the agenda today for silly photo opportunities?’ Mitchell continued.
‘I don’t see them that way Neil,’ Mr Morrison responded.
‘Don’t you?’ Mitchell fired back.
Scott Morrison drills a hole at Norship shipyard engineering facility on Day 18 of the 2022 federal election campaign, in Cairns. Veteran broadcaster Neil Mitchell has asked the prime minister why he does ‘silly photo opportunities’ on radio
‘Whether it’s cutting hair or working in tool shops or whatever – we’ve got 220,000 trade apprentices in trades right now, What I enjoy doing is standing there with an apprentice who shows me what they’re learning. And then I’ll have a go at it,’ Mr Morrison explained.
‘I’m trying to understand what they’re learning, and I’m really proud of what they’re doing.’
The prime minister is famous for participating in made-for-TV opportunities where he tries his hand at a worker’s job in a factory or retail outlet, even sparking a popular twitter handle #ScottyFromPhotoOps.
So far this election campaign he has been seen welding, using a large mop, pretending to pilot a plane, drilling a hole in metal, sampling a whiskey barrel, playing pool and stamping zinc, among other ‘stunts’.
Mr Morrison draws whiskey from a barrel at Lark Whiskey Distillery on Day 19 of the 2022 federal election campaign, north of Hobart, Tasmania
Mr Morrison during his infamous welding incident in February this year, when he removed his safety mask
In February – before the election had been called – the prime minister was widely criticised after he washed the hair of a young woman at a hair salon on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
‘The images of the Prime Minister’s hands massaging the apprentice’s scalp and temples stirred a visceral reaction in thousands of us, including me. Not in a good way,’ reacted former Liberal MP Julia Banks in an opinion column.
The exchange with Mitchell was part of a 20-minute interview that covered topics including health funding in Victoria, potential interest rate rises, Labor’s plan for government funding of equity in housing and how the Coalition would deal with independents in a potential hung parliament.
In February – before the election had been called – the prime minister was widely criticised after he washed the hair of a young woman at a hair salon on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula
The prime minister stamps zinc during a visit to Nyrstar zinc smelter on Day 18 of the 2022 federal election campaign
During the interview Mitchell said he was not into giving ‘free kicks’ but invited the prime minister to react to Labor’s housing policy announcement on Sunday, in which the government would take a 40 per cent stake in new homebuyer’s homes to help them get into the property market.
‘If your household income goes above $120,000 a year, Anthony Albanese will put a for sale sign on your lawn,’ Mr Morrison claimed, referring to the eligibility cap under the ALP scheme.
‘You actually have to dispose of the asset and pay back the government. I mean, this is insane.
‘On top of that, if something terrible happens and your property is passed to your children, the children have to sell the house if their income is not eligible for the scheme.’
Mr Morrison plays pool with residents at Lifestyle Communities Mount Duneed retirement village on Day 22 of the 2022 federal election campaign in South Geelong, Victoria