ScoMo Just Got Caught Out In A Bizarre Lie About Buying His Own RATs
Scott Morrison has tangled himself up after it was revealed he’s never actually bought his own rapid antigen test, and that the kits are readily available for free in Parliament House.
“I got a COVID test at the local pharmacy at Terrigal, picked one up, took the test, it was negative,” he replied during a press conference on December 22. “I didn’t need the government to tell me to do anything.”
However, News Corp confirmed on Thursday have since confirmed a member of the Prime Minister’s team bought the aforementioned RAT kit in NSW’s Central Coast. “The Prime Minister’s chauffeur-driven car pulled up at the chemist, and Mr Morrison remained in the car while his staffer popped inside to buy him the test,” they reported.
Yesterday, when asked how many RATs he had personally paid for, he deflected the consumer onus back on his wife.
“Well I’d have to check with Jen because she’s the one who goes and gets them for those situations,” he said. “Recently she went to [a chemist] here in Canberra. For that reason was eventually able to find one, just like everyone else — driving around looking to find one.”
Today Scott Morrison says he doesn’t know how many tests he’s personally paid for: “(Jenny is) the one that goes and gets them.”
22 Dec: he describes going himself to get a test from a pharmacy in Terrigal. “I went, I got a covid test from the local pharmacy… picked one up.” pic.twitter.com/3jvK4WUBJG
— Luke Henriques-Gomes (@lukehgomes) January 5, 2022
“There are tests that the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have available,” he added. All the while, National Cabinet only just approved conditional rapid antigen test for concession card holders on Wednesday, offering up to free 10 kits per person over the next three months.
Morrison has stood his ground on not making RATs free for everyone, confirming that “universal free access to tests was not agreed by any of the states or territories today, or the Commonwealth”. He had previously said that free rapid antigen tests would harm business sales, despite the model being successful overseas.