Scott Morrison lied in Question Time then immediately tried to backtrack

The Prime Minister lied about his Hawaiian holiday then quickly tried to rephrase after being corrected.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed that he told opposition Leader Anthony Albanese about his Hawaiian holiday through the Black Summer bushfires of 2019, however, Mr Albanese immediately responded to say that wasn’t true.

The Prime Minister is making it all too easy for Labor to title him the ‘Liar from the Shire’ as he was caught out in a lie, once again.

Scott Morrison in Question Time

ScoMo seemed a little flustered when being questioned about his 2019 holiday in Question Time on Monday.

Labor MP Fiona Phillips asked Mr Morrison, “When my electorate was burning, the Prime Minister’s office told journalists he was not on holiday in Hawaii, why did the Prime Minister’s office say that when it wasn’t true?” 

After the Speaker, Tony Smith had initially said the question was for Mr Morrison’s office, it was rephrased and the Prime Minister stood to respond.

“Mr Speaker, I can only speak to what I have said Mr Speaker and as the leader of the opposition will know, because I texted him, from the plane when I was going on that leave, and told him where I was going and he was fully aware of where I was travelling with my family.”

Morrison seems to be forgetting that his office is representative of him and vise versa. If he wanted to tell the Australian public where he was, he could simply have had his office disclose that information.

 Soon after Question Time, Mr Albenese responded to Mr Morrison’s comment and said it is “not true.”

“On the 15th of December 2019, at 9:44pm, the Prime Minister did text me saying he was going on leave,”

“He did not tell me where he was going. He said he was going with his family. I kept that text message confidential, as you do with private text messages between private phones. And on Friday, he disclosed in an interview with 2GB that he had texted me and that was the first time that became public.

“But at no stage did he tell me where he was going.”

Anthny Albanese in Question Time. Photograph- Lukas Coch_AAP

Like a petulant child caught out in a lie, Morrison jumped to his feet and tried to rephrase his previous statement to align a little more with reality.

“Where I was going was on leave,” he said. 

“He knew I was taking leave, Mr Speaker, I told him I was taking leave, and Mr Speaker, he chose to politicise that and has done so ever since.” 

The scene had all the hallmarks of a schoolyard tiff, short of the Prime Minister throwing a complete tantrum and literally jumping up and down on his feet.

Later in the afternoon, Mr Morrison reignited the conversation

“I want to confirm what the Leader of the Opposition said, that in that text I did not tell him the destination of where I was going on leave with my family,” said the Prime Minister.

“I simply communicated to him that I was taking leave. When I was referring to he knew where I was going and was fully aware I was travelling with my family, what I meant was that we were going on leave together.

“I know I didn’t tell him where we were going because that is a private matter, where members take leave. And I know I didn’t tell him the destination, nor would I.”

Mr Albanese ended his statement on the matter saying, “this Prime Minister, on a range of issues, has ducked questions, has not given straight answers, has pretended that things that were a changed position for him were positions that he had all the way along, and always seeks to blame someone else, always seeks to defer responsibility.”

Despite blaming the opposition for politicising the Hawaiian holiday, years ago, Mr Morrison has made a few bad moves recently that has brought upon his discredited reputation. 

It was only 3 weeks ago that the Prime Minister of Australia was accused of lying to the French president Emmanuel Macron about the submarines deal between the two countries.