A ‘grumpy’ Scott Morrison has moaned to a media boos that some of his newspapers columnists are too hard on him.
In a 20-minute meeting with Nine’s chief executive Mike Sneesby in Canberra, the prime minister reportedly said the print journalists were too ‘tough’ on him.
While he wanted to put it his discontent on record, Mr Morrison’s tone was reportedly ‘grumpy, not furious’.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) is reportedly ‘grumpy’ over his treatment by columnists at Nine-owned newspapers
Mr Morrison (pictured at the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday) is said to have used words to the effect of, ‘You’re too tough on me’ and ‘You smash me every single day’
Nine owns The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and the Australian Financial Review since buying Fairfax in 2018.
Mr Morrison is said to have used words to the effect of, ‘You’re too tough on me’ and ‘You smash me every single day’, according to The Australian.
However, he praised one of the columnists’ TV colleagues, A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw, who he thought gave him a tough but fair grilling over the Brittany Higgins rape allegations earlier this year.
Amongst the columns deemed to have upset Mr Morrison in recent times are those focusing on whether or not he lied to French President Emmanuel Macron over the nuclear submarines deal.
Other touchy subjects were what he said in text messages to Labor leader Anthony Albanese about his trip to Hawaii two years ago during the bushfires, and his response to claims of sexual assault and sexism in federal parliament.
Nine defended its journalists, telling The Australian: ‘We’re very happy with our columnists.
‘As always, no concessions were made to either side of politics. All editorial decisions at the mastheads are made by the senior editors, anyway.’
However, he praised one of the columnists’ TV colleagues, A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw, who he thought gave him a tough but fair grilling over the Brittany Higgins rape allegations earlier this year
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured right) was all smiles at the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday, but that was before the latest polling numbers came out
On Sunday, Mr Morrison was all smiles at the Bathurst 1000 car race in western NSW, but that was before a poll showed 47 per cent of voters believe Labor will form the next government at an election expected in March or May.
Just 37 per cent expect the Coalition to be returned for a fourth term, the poll conducted for The Australian found.
Labor leads the two-party preferred race over the Coalition, 53 to 47 per cent, on a primary vote of 38 per cent.
The Coalition primary vote fell a point to 36 per cent while the Greens also lost a point to finish the year on 10 per cent.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation improved a point to three per cent with other minor parties also gaining a point to 13 per cent.
In a 20-minute meeting with Nine’s chief executive Mike Sneesby (pictured) in Canberra, the prime minister reportedly said the print journalists were too ‘tough’ on him.
Mr Morrison was all smiles at the Bathurst 1000 car race in western NSW, but that was before a poll showed 47 per cent of voters believe Labor will form the next government at an election
Mr Morrison dropped a point as the preferred prime minister to 45 per cent and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese lost two points to 34 per cent while 19 per cent were uncommitted.
The poll showed 44 per cent of those polled were satisfied with Mr Morrison’s performance while 52 per cent were dissatisfied – a net negative approval rating of minus eight.
Mr Albanese’s approval rating lifted two points to 39 per cent while those dissatisfied fell three points to 45 per cent – a net negative approval rating of minus six.
This is the first time Mr Albanese has enjoyed a lead in net approval since March last year.
Mr Morrison dropped a point as the preferred prime minister to 45 per cent and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese lost two points to 34 per cent while 19 per cent were uncommitted
Short-tempered Scott Morrison repeatedly snaps back in fiery interview as he is accused of ‘abandoning’ Brittany Higgins, calling women liars and living in a ‘bubble’ unaware of abuse against women
By Kylie Stevens for Daily Mail Australia – published March 26, 2021
Scott Morrison has angrily defended his handling of the Brittany Higgins rape claim and other parliament sex scandals in a fiery TV interview.
The prime minister repeatedly slapped down accusations by A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw as she pummelled him on Thursday night’s program.
Mr Morrison insisted he was not ‘judge and jury’ and police investigations should be allowed to play out.
He defended not opening an independent investigation into allegations that Christian Porter raped a 16-year-old girl in 1998 when he was 17.
Police closed the investigation as there was not enough evidence to proceed after the alleged victim took her own life last year.
Tracy Grimshaw grilled Scott Morrison over why Brittany Higgins’ rape complaint was so badly handled and she was essentially left ‘on her own’ when the process failed her
Mr Morrison attempted to draw a line under many of the issues, and frequently rejected the premise of Grimshaw’s questions.
He said he found it shocking and daunting when he first learned of Ms Higgins’ allegations that she was raped by a male colleague in defence minister Linda Reynolds’ Parliament House office in 2019.
Grimshaw grilled him over why her complaint was so badly handled and she was essentially left ‘on her own’ when the process failed her.
‘Why was she on her own? You don’t need processes to know how to act humanely,’ Grimshaw asked.
‘You don’t need processes to make them a cup of tea, drive them home, make an appointment for a counsellor.
‘Don’t just give them a number and say “here, call this number, do your best “. She was abandoned, wasn’t she?’
Scott Morrison has angrily defended his handling of the Brittany Higgins rape claim and other parliament sex scandals in a fiery TV interview
The prime minister repeatedly slapped down accusations by A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw as she pummelled him on Thursday night’s program
Mr Morrison agreed Ms Higgins was failed and abandoned by the ministerial staff who were made aware of the claims several days after the alleged rape.
‘I agree with you that clearly that did not pass the test and failed Brittany. No one is disputing that,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘Why weren’t they fired?’ Grimshaw asked, bluntly.
Mr Morrison shot back: ‘They were trying like everyone else would be trying in those circumstances.’
‘We have to fix this and you don’t have to tear things down to build things up. What we need in this place and around the country is much better systems and resources to help people in these situations.’
He’s yet to speak to Ms Higgins six weeks after the allegations were made public and says the offer remains on the table.
‘She hasn’t asked to speak to me directly,’ he said. ‘But I’m happy to have the conversation. If she’s happy to, we can arrange it.’
The prime minister then clashed with Grimshaw when he was accused of ‘immediately believing’ Mr Porter’s denial of the rape allegation.
Mr Morrison defended not opening an independent investigation into allegations that Christian Porter raped a 16-year-old girl in 1998 when he was 17
Mr Morrison has repeatedly refused to open an independent inquiry, insisting the closure of the police investigation ended the matter.
He stuck to this line of argument when questioned again about it by Grimshaw, and compared Mr Porter’s case to when sexual assault allegations against former opposition leader Bill Shorten were dismissed in 2014.
‘What I have done is to respect the rule of law in this country and how people need to be treated under that rule of law. An allegation can be made against you, me, against anyone else,’ he said.
Grimshaw countered: ‘There really wasn’t an investigation because his accuser died, she took her life. There really hasn’t been an investigation.
‘There has been no investigation, prime minister, you have just believed him.’
Mr Morrison hit back: ‘The right way to answer that question to anyone satisfaction is not for me to play judge and jury, or anyone else who are given those powers.’
Mr Morrison is yet to speak to Ms Higgins six weeks after the allegations were made public and says the offer remains on the table
Grimshaw brought up that Ms Higgins was called a ‘lying cow’ by Ms Reynolds, which Mr Morrison agrees was ‘disgraceful’.
‘It was very out of character for Linda’ he said.
This set off Grimshaw, who brought up Mr Morrison’s backing of Liberal senator Eric Abetz, who is accused by former Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly of making shocking ‘victim blaming’ comments about Ms Higgins’ rape.
‘The pattern here is that women are always liars. Brittany Higgins, Sue Hickey, Christian Porter’s accuser,’ she said.
Mr Morrison said he didn’t agree with Grimshaw’s assessment.
‘In this country, people will make allegations and we have ways of dealing with it. I am not making that judgement about the truth of neither statement,’ he said.
He hinted both Ms Reynolds and Mr Porter will remain on the frontbench as he considers a cabinet reshuffle.
But the prime minister did not deny he planned to move both ministers said they will ‘continue to play a very important role in my cabinet’.
‘I am working through those issues now. One is on mental health leave and the other is on physical health leave. Linda in particular, had a very serious coronary condition,’ he said.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has extended her leave raising questions of her future in politics after she called alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins a ‘lying cow’
Mr Porter is expected to be demoted because his defamation lawsuit against the ABC for publishing the rape claim was a conflict of interest to his role as attorney-general.
Peter Dutton is expected to replace Linda Reynolds as Defence Minister.
Mr Morrison’s assurances he was doing ‘the best a bloke can’ to address violence against women also sparked exasperation from Grimshaw.
At one point in the testy segment Grimshaw asked Mr Morrison if he was ‘living in a bubble’ to which he accused the veteran TV host of being unfair.
‘Where have you been?’ she asked.
‘I think that’s a bit unfair, Tracy,’ Mr Morrison fired back.
‘I think there are many people across this country who live with it every day, you have lived without your whole life. You have. Almost every woman has.’
He was then interrupted by Grimshaw.
‘But you are not on an island, or maybe you are in a bubble. You must know, you have a wife you love, orders, you have referenced them several times. How did you not know the depth of it?
Grimshaw brought up Mr Morrison’s backing of Liberal senator Eric Abetz (pictured), who is accused by former Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly of making shocking ‘victim blaming’ comments about Ms Higgins’ rape
‘This is the difficult part of this. You understand it in a way that only you could,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘I have a different experience to yours but I can tell you, for many Australians, this has been like a big wake-up call and it’s been like a red light to say ‘stop, look, listen and that’s what’ we’re doing.’
Grimshaw countered: ‘It hasn’t been a wake-up call to 52 per cent of Australians.’
She went on to criticise Mr Morrison for refusing to join a march of 100,000 women around the country earlier this month protesting violence against women.
Instead he only offered to meet with a few of the protest leaders in private, but was rebuffed.
‘You said to them ‘I will meet a couple of you on my turf, on my time, on my turns, or nothing’,’ Grimshaw said.
‘And then you said, ‘and my minister for women, she things what I think’.’