Apparently Scott Morrison Was “Gobsmacked” About The Gender Pay Gap, And People Aren’t Surprised
It's easy to believe with his track record -- however the PM has said Probyn’s claim is “demonstrably false"
A clip of Andrew Probyn from ABC’s Insiders went viral yesterday, where Probyn claims that PM Scott Morrison wasn’t aware of the gender pay gap.
Probyn’s exact claim was, “I’ve heard inside some of these [government] meetings Scott Morrison was gobsmacked there was even a gender pay gap, because he can’t understand why you would have women and men paid differently for doing the same job, and you’ve got some of his colleagues say, ‘Well, Prime Minister, that actually does happen.’”
— Insiders ABC (@InsidersABC) April 11, 2021
Before he was PM, Scott Morrison was Treasurer.
And he didn’t know about the gender pay gap until last week?
— Peta Murphy MP (@petajan) April 10, 2021
The claim sent Aussie Twitter into overdrive. Many people, including MP Peta Murphy and fellow ABC journalist Julia Zemiro tweeted their scathing disappointment. While Morrison’s status as a man who cares about women as human beings isn’t the strongest, the PM has refuted the claim as false.
A spokesperson for the PM today said Probyn’s claim is “demonstrably false”. “The Prime Minister has for many years discussed and sought to directly address the gender pay gap in Australia.”
Under Labor, the gender pay gap increased from 15.5% to 17.2%. Under our Government it has fallen to 14.5% and heading in right direction #Moretodo.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) September 22, 2018
— Samantha Maiden (@samanthamaiden) April 11, 2021
People were also quick to point out that Morrison tweeted about the gender pay gap back in 2018. But it’s worth examining why so many people found Probyn’s claim of Morrison’s ignorance to be legitimate, despite being pure hearsay.
Could it be because this man got up on national television and inferred the primary reason he cared there had been a rape in parliament was because his wife told him to? How about his comments that women should be grateful they aren’t being shot for protesting? Or the fact that he is yet to meet with Brittany Higgins?
This is utterly implausible. The gender pay gap is reported, every, bloody, year on #IWD alone.
It is just not plausible that Morrison did not know.
That Morrison did not 'care'? Now, that is what I would believe 👏🏼
Disappointing to see Probyn play PMO message boy 😞 https://t.co/OGtGOjty3J
— Noely ⚡️🏐 (@YaThinkN) April 12, 2021
What this reporter’s snafu and the reaction to it shows is that Scott Morrison’s comments about women in recent times and the prevailing culture of misogyny in parliament outweighs the Morrison government’s past stances. It will be a long road back for Morrison and his government to defy the strong cultural consensus that he cares about issues affecting women.