Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his leadership style will become more empathetic as he again addresses concerns about his character and reveals how his wife Jenny describes the way he works.
On Friday, Mr Morrison said he tends to be a “bulldozer” but apologized, arguing Australia needed the “strength and resilience” of the approach to weather the turbulent years of the pandemic but said now the change style.
On Saturday, the Prime Minister spoke from Deakin’s Victorian seat, held by the Liberals by a 4.8 per cent margin, and revealed that his wife Jenny had a particular label for his working methods.
Scott Morrison (left) revealed the term his wife Jenny (pictured right) uses to describe the way he works
Mr Morrison attempts a drop punt during his Saturday morning performance in Victoria to announce a school sports initiative
Mr Morrison stirs Daal in a Gurdwara Siri Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple in Pakenham, Melbourne on the 34th day of the 2022 general election campaign
‘Jenny calls it the ‘Morrison Men’. My dad, my brother and I, we go in and fix things, and sometimes when we go in and fix things, people can get the impression that maybe we’re not so aware of a lot of the sensitivities that can come up with these problems are.
It’s a shaking of his earlier campaign message, in which he said Australians need him as much as they might not like him.
The Prime Minister once compared his job to that of a dentist, saying the election was “not a popularity test”.
“You go to the dentist whether you like it or not. They want to know they’re doing their job well,” he said previously.
Addressing voters’ concerns that he had lost touch with the Australian public, Mr Morrison claimed he had been jailed in Canberra but said he was now listening to voters.
“I listened to people. I’ve listened carefully to people and this campaign has given me an opportunity to do that – honestly we’ve all been locked up in Canberra for the past two years.’
Mr Morrison announced that voters would see a different approach if they re-elected him as Prime Minister on Friday (pictured: Mr Morrison at an Extel Technologies manufacturing facility on Friday).
Mr Morrison is behind in opinion polls but maintains his handling of the pandemic linked to Australia’s post-Covid recovery should voters support him for another term.
“When you are going through a challenging crisis like this, there is no rule book. Australians understand that.
“Australians understand the pressures they are under and I’m sure they are aware of the very, very fluid and very uncertain environment that governments have had to make decisions in, but now we are entering this time of opportunity.”
On Friday, Mr Albanese appealed to voters to seize the same opportunity by voting for a Labor government.
“This government has been in place for almost a decade, this Prime Minister has been in office for four years and what he’s saying is, ‘If you vote for Scott Morrison, I’ll change’ … well, if you want a change, change the government” , Mr Albanese said at his press conference in Cairns, before comparing himself to a building contractor.
Mr Morrison called late on the 33rd day of the campaign to tell voters he was changing as polls showed he was well behind Anthony Albanese (pictured: Mr Morrison with Gladys Liu at an Extel Technologies manufacturing facility on Friday) .
In a series of political construction metaphors, Barnaby Joyce told journalists he was a balloon when asked what he was most like.
“I’m like a beautiful balloon lovingly floating above it,” he said in Gladstone.
At his Deakin press conference on Saturday morning, the prime minister said voters should expect a new man if he is re-elected.
“I’ll make an effort … to explain my motives and my concerns, and empathize a lot more,” he said.
“I look forward to a shift in gears by our government to secure the opportunities that lie ahead.”
In Melbourne, he announced the expansion of a program designed to get more high school students into sports.
Expanding the Sporting Schools program would allow up to 700,000 more students to play sports at school, with more than $20 million spent on the initiative.
The program currently available for grades 7 and 8 will be expanded to grades 9 and 10.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Anthony Albanese pledges $750 million to bolster Medicare across the country to provide better healthcare and greater access for patients.
The Strengthening Medicare Fund would provide $250 million annually over three years beginning in 2023-24 and would aim to make patients more affordable and better treat complex and chronic conditions.
Labor would also set up an empowering Medicare task force, led by the Health Secretary and bringing together health leaders such as the Australian Medical Association.
A $220 million grant program is also being spent on local GP clinics to upgrade systems, purchase equipment and reskill staff, with grants of $25,000 or $50,000 available for practices depending on size.
Mr Albanese, who is fighting in Darwin on Saturday morning, said the funds would make it easier for people to see a GP.
“General medicine is the cornerstone of the Australian healthcare system,” he said.
“Australians trust their GPs. It is an important relationship in ensuring all Australians receive the quality healthcare they deserve.’
With a week to go before Election Day, Scott Morrison faces an uphill battle to stay in office, with polls showing Labor are on course to win government on May 21.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10815467/Scott-Morrison-doubles-revealing-term-Jenny-uses-bulldozer-ways.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Scott Morrison doubles down on revealing the term Jenny uses for his “bulldozer” mannerisms