Scott Morrison, Man Of The People, Doesn’t Know How Much Bread Or Milk Costs
Morrison was asked if he had "lost touch" with the average Australian.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered an address at the National Press Club on Tuesday, during which he seemingly lost his last shred of relatability after being unable to list the price of a loaf of bread, a litre of petrol, or a rapid antigen test.
Throughout his entire NPC appearance, Scott Morrison did a lot of talking but didn’t really say anything. He dodged questions about whether or not he was sorry for his failures throughout the COVID pandemic, claimed to have “listened” and “reflected” when asked how he thinks Parliament is safer for women than it was 12 months ago, and tried to save face amid his plummeting approval ratings ahead of the election.
But it was a question from Sky News political reporter Andrew Clennell that really caught Morrison off guard, when he was asked if he has “lost touch” with the ordinary Australian.
Clennell queried him on whether he could name the price of items regular Australians are purchasing daily including grocery staples, petrol, and — of course — rapid antigen tests.
“First of all, during the pandemic, you can’t pay for everything. Because it all has to be paid for. Over the course of the pandemic, we’ve provided over $100 billion in economic support, JobKeeper being the most significant, and that has saved businesses across this country,” said Morrison, again dodging any responsibility for the RAT mess we’ve found ourselves in.
“And, of course … one of the things that we have to be very mindful of, Andrew, is that this thing isn’t over yet. It’s not over. The next variant could have any number of permutations to it. And so, when we decided to do JobKeeper, we said it’s going to start and it’s going to finish and people asked the treasurer and I the same question that you’re asking me now. “Why are you pulling JobKeeper away?”
But when it came to household items, Morrison refused to even humour the thought that he would be buying these items.
“Now, I’m not going to pretend to you that I go out each day and I buy a loaf of bread and I buy a litre of milk. I’m not going to pretend to you that I do that,” added Morrison.
“I’ll leave those sort of things to you, mate. And you can run it. But the point is that I do my job every day to ensure that those things are affordable as they possibly can be for Australians every single day.”
While it’s nice to see that the leader of the country has taken a break from his usual MO of lying, it seems beyond out of touch that he couldn’t even hazard a guess at the price of these items.
In a statement provided to Junkee, Labor’s Anthony Albanese said “wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living and that means people are doing it tough”.
Albanese’s office confirmed that he does his own grocery shopping weekly in his local community and welcomes anyone to quiz him on grocery store prices.