Politics

Scott Morrison Accuses Labor Of Racism, Immediately Greets A Korean Woman In Mandarin

FFS.

Scott Morrison ni hao

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under fire on social media after greeting a Korean-Australian voter in Mandarin.

Morrison was in western Sydney for the third day of his election campaign, and used the opportunity to accuse his opponents of racism, linking deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek’s criticism of the Indian-owned Adani coal mine with comments made by former state Labor leader Michael Daley, who was caught on camera claiming that Asian immigrants were “taking the jobs” of young Australians.

“I think there’s form here from the Labor Party, particularly here in NSW,” said Morrison. “At the recent state election, we had Michael Daley saying Asians will take your jobs. Now we’ve got Tanya Plibersek, who would be deputy prime minister of the country, saying that Indian businesses can’t create jobs.”

But whatever high ground Morrison was hoping to gain was immediately given up when he greeted a woman with a cheery “ni hao”, only for her to explain that she’s Korean, not Chinese.

It was not great.

It didn’t take long for the news of Morrison’s gaffe to spread to Twitter.

Five weeks until the election. Strap in.


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