Scott Morrison is seeking to neutralize Labor’s attack on his character, admitting he can “be a bit of a bulldozer” and needs to change.
Speaking to the media at a manufacturing site in Melbourne city centre, he admitted he didn’t have it all figured out but went further, saying he would change some aspects of his job as Prime Minister if he was re-elected.
“What Australians needed me to get through this pandemic was strength and resilience. Now I confess that it didn’t make Australians see a lot of other gears in my way of working “, he said on Friday.
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“I know Aussies know I can be a bit of a bulldozer when it comes to problems. I know there are things that are going to have to change with the way I do things because we’re entering another era.”
Labor leader Anthony Albanese denied the prime minister would change, saying it was an act of desperation.
“I find it quite extraordinary that this government has been here for almost a decade, this Prime Minister has been in office for four years and what he is saying is, ‘If you vote for Scott Morrison, I will change'” , Mr. Albanese told reporters. at Fitzroy Island.
“If you want change, change the government. We can’t settle for three more years. If this government is re-elected, it will be more arrogant, more out of touch.”
Mr Albanese also seized on Mr Morrison’s bulldozer analogy, saying it would look constructive, not destructive.
“A bulldozer destroys things, a bulldozer knocks things down. I’m a builder. That’s what I am,” he said.
“If I am elected Prime Minister…I will build better infrastructure, I will build a response to climate change in partnership with our allies. I will build the skills capacity of this nation, I will build people’s standard of living.”
Mr Morrison’s preferred Prime Minister status peaked in February 2021 at 61% and is now at 44%, according to Newspoll.
He avoided the inner Melbourne and inner Sydney seats held by moderate liberals facing challenges from strong, climate-focused, pro-integrity independents, where he is personally unpopular.
Focus groups revealed that part of his unpopularity stems from his refusal to take responsibility, always going on the attack and three more years would mean “more of the same”.
Coalition members have always maintained that the election is not a “popularity contest”.
“It’s really a contest around the best place to run the economy to make sure it’s strong,” campaign spokeswoman Anne Ruston told the ABC on Friday. , when asked about Mr Morrison’s popularity.
“(It’s) a very good choice between a very strong prime minister with a very strong plan. … as opposed to (Mr Albanese) who clearly doesn’t understand the policies that have been put in place by his own party.”
Labor continues to argue that Mr Morrison is someone who does not accept responsibility and always seeks to blame others.
Opposition Speaker Tanya Plibersek was blunt when asked whether Mr Morrison’s position was hurting the Liberals’ electoral chances.
“It’s one of the biggest choices Australians have faced for many years,” she said.
“Between a leader, Anthony Albanese – who is ready to take responsibility, to show leadership, who has a plan for the future – and Scott Morrison who has never had anything but excuses.”
The Prime Minister was in Melbourne on Friday, promising to secure Australia’s modern manufacturing and supply chains.
A pledge of $324 million will protect Australian supply chains considered essential to prosperity, resilience and national security.
Mr Albanese was in Cairns, at Leichhardt’s headquarters, to announce additional funding to save the Great Barrier Reef.
The election will take place on May 21.