Let’s simply undergo a few of this morning we could?
2GB host: Simply in your journey, it’s being reported this morning that your workplace spent weeks planning a G7 aspect journey to discover your convict household roots whilst you have been arguing that Britain was too dangerous for Australian travellers. I’m guessing there’ll be some individuals saying that that is double requirements.
Scott Morrison: Oh Ben, I believe that’s, I wouldn’t describe it like that in any respect. I imply, we needed to land north of London versus touchdown down there in Cornwall due to the fog. And we stopped off alongside the best way. We had some lunch and stopped off in one other location on the best way and after the G7 on the best way to the airport, we stopped at one other place, which simply occurs to be the place my fifth great-grandfather was from. So I believe it was fairly harmless. I believe that’s massively overstating it.
On the prime minister’s dismissal that he simply stopped off someplace in Cornwall that “occurs to be” the place his (fifth) great-grandfather was from (the place an area florist additionally occurred to be prepared with a bouquet of flowers) which then Simon Birmingham described as “mushy diplomacy” (as a result of apparently it may be information to a rustic which colonised Australia that its leaders may need hyperlinks to stated nation), may all of us simply give the Australian public just a little extra credit score?
It’s not the truth that it occurred, it’s that there appears to have been an try and hold it off the media schedule – after which simply wave it off when questions are requested.
Q: Whilst you have been away, 4 Corners put collectively this investigation making an attempt to hyperlink you to a bloke referred to as Tim Stewart who’s concerned within the QAnon conspiracy idea. What did you make of all of that?
Morrison: Nicely, I assumed it was, I believe it was fairly odd. I imply, we’ve all acquired mates and we’ve all acquired acquaintances and folks we all know who’ve views that we don’t share. However you understand what they anticipate us to do exactly to type of cancel individuals simply because they’ve views completely different to ourselves? I don’t assist the views of QAnon. I barely even knew what it was till extra just lately during the last yr or so. So, you understand, look, if persons are going to have a crack at you due to what individuals you understand assume, I believe that’s actually beginning to, you understand, little bit of a longbow.
Fordham: Out of curiosity, are you continue to near him or have you ever given just a little little bit of recent air there?
Morrison: No, look, I haven’t seen Tim for a while, a lot nearer to his spouse, who you understand, Jenny and I are very long time mates of her, I simply assume it’s type of a bit odd to tug different individuals into, I imply, I’m the Prime Minister, maintain me accountable for my views. For individuals who have identified me or have been mates with me over the time period, they’re entitled to their privateness regardless if individuals don’t agree with their views. And I definitely don’t agree with Tim’s views on these issues in any respect. I imply, he’s a Sharkies supporter. I agree with him on that, however not on QAnon.
It’s the identical in terms of the prime minister’s defence of his friendship with QAnon supporter Tim Stewart. Nobody holds Morrison liable for the views of his private mates. (My dad has voted One Nation since 1996 for Dolly’s sake.) What individuals need is a few solutions to questions – have been there conversations about including the phrase “ritual”, in that case, why, and given these considerations have been first raised in 2019, why has there been no response?
It’s the dismissal of questions, the pats on the pinnacle and the ole “don’t you are concerned about that” fallback – as an alternative of precise solutions – which is the difficulty.