Now to some great insights from @murpharoo. I thought she hit the nail on the head with this piece.
Scott Morrison did a lot of making things worse this week, although he was trying to make things better. 1/…
2/ Katharine Murphy shares an insight about Morrison: he "speaks almost exclusively to one cohort of voters: men at risk of voting Labor". If you are a male swinging voter, you probably don't notice this but the rest of us might feel excluded.
3/ The PM's not talking to you - he never is. Morrison always thinks like a campaign director but of late has been "whacked, and hard", so he's now faced with trying to engage with women - meaningfully. Hence the "hapless fumbling" we've seen.
4/ With little practice & possibly no real interest, it's been "inelegant, to put it kindly". In response, the PM and his advisors have responded in their usual manner, rather than with "empathy & moral clarity". It didn't work.
5/ So the PM has developed a new strategy. He tried to reset on Tuesday, telling women he was listening but messed it up. He tried again with Tracy Grimshaw on ACA Current Affair. His strategy became clearer when he got some clear air (Grimshaw didn't make this easy though).
6/ Morrison was was trying to engage one cohort of women. @murpharoo calls them "patient women". Women who might understand rather than judge when men refuse to get obvious things.
(Aside - I am definitely not feeling patient.)
7/ Morrison has calculated that some women are angrier than others. So in his interview with Grimshaw, Morrison tried to appeal to the not so angry women. He said, “I may not have always got it as much as people would like me to," (directly to women inclined to take pity)...
8/ ...“But I assure you, I am doing everything I can to understand it as best I can”.
So he spoke to women who might be patient when their husband suddenly recognises the bleeding obvious. But Morrison was also talking to men.
9/ He was talking to men like himself, attempting to connect with men who are dumbfounded about why women are so angry.
At the core of it Morrison is battling a significant empathy deficit at the moment, so he's trying to be relatable. That's been Scotty's goal this week.
10/ Morrison might talk to a particular group of men & a particular group of women in the hope this works. But as Murphy reminds us, Morrison is constantly calibrating & recalibrating. She also highlights that it is "alienating & abhorrent" and it's "exhausting & diminishing".
11/ Murphy says she's way past caring about Morrison's tactics. She's "interested in right & wrong, & whether Morrison is prepared to act like a leader who understands the difference".
She correctly identifies that the PM is more about “me” than mea culpa.
12/12 Murphy also recognises that many, many women see this very clearly too.
Great piece.
#NotAPatientWoman #EnoughIsEnough #auspol

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27 Mar
I'm starting afresh after getting too far ahead of myself this morning & mixing up the great writings of @latingle and @murpharoo, for which I sincerely apologise! First to Laura Tingle's astute article. 1/
2/ On Thursday morning the PM apparently achieved some clarity on the full extent of the political chaos overwhelming him. Apparently the media had failed to complain to the PM's chief of staff about PMO staff "backgrounding" Brittany Higgins' partner. 2/
3/ Aside: I'm still unclear as to why after nearly two weeks of being questioned on this, with much stonewalling, the PM thought was the fault of all those slack journalists for not lodging a complaint.
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25 Mar
Tracey Grimshaw asked Scott Morrison why he didn't reach out to Brittany Higgins after she spoke out publicly. He said it was "daunting".
Doesn't get that speaking out publicly about what happened would have been more than daunting for Brittany Higgins.
It's always about him.
Still refers to Ms Higgins as "Brittany", although he doesn't know her, hasn't spoken to her. Overly familiar. Morrison is #ToneDeaf, with the EQ of a gnat.
He assumes to know Ms Higgins trauma or how it unfolded. Referring to the lack of support provided "As she became more traumatised by these events...".
Read 5 tweets
24 Mar
Where to start? 🤦‍♀️
Morrison's standing has been internally diminished?
No doubt but how slow are members to only just be waking up?
And what of his 'standing' externally? 1/
2/ Slow on the uptake but apparently members of his govt have FINALLY drawn the link between Morrison's mishandling of the Black Summer bushfires & the past month's allegations of rape, harassment & sexism.
3/ "Both required human empathy, an ability to read community sentiment and judgement — important traits for a Prime Minister".
I'd say, important traits for a human being...
According to Speers, "more than a few" Lib MPs believe...
Read 11 tweets
24 Mar
Der Spiegel: Scott Morrison in 'dire straits' and the Australian government is sinking into a scandalous swamp. Berliner-Zeitung, Le Monde, Le Figaro, the Washington Post, Bloomberg...1/…
2/ The Washington Post focused on Morrison’s “disastrous” press conference on Tuesday, with the headline, “Facing fury over sex scandals, Australia’s leader fights tears – then retaliates in outburst at reporter”.
3/ Morrison dug himself a "deeper political hole" and quoted Kirstin Ferguson as saying “The fish rots from the head … I just can’t imagine what would happen if there was a board responsible for Parliament House.”
Read 4 tweets
23 Jan
1/ Without wanting to be unkind, it's evident from looking at Scott Morrison that he's prefers to be a spectator of sport rather than a participant.
When he ran for Cook, he developed a character. A rugby league loving, everyday bloke, a daggy dad.
#auspol #AustraliaDay
2/ Morrison hadn't followed league but he learnt about it. He became the Sharkies number 1 ticket holder, wore his scarf, waved it, & drank beers.
This character, eventually named ScoMo, was used to gain a following & send political messages.
#ScottyFromMarketing was astute.
3/ Recently, @CricketAus were naughty. They made a decision, after consulting with Indigenous leaders, to promote inclusion. #ScottyFromMarketing was not happy.
How dare a sports body interfere in political matters, he argued.
#auspol #AustraliaDay
Read 9 tweets
22 Jan
Recipients are made ACs “for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large”.

a. Can anyone explain how being accomplished at hitting a tennis ball competitively (having already been recognised for this) ticks this box?
2/ b. I have tried researching, to found out what Margaret Court, in her life beyond hitting tennis balls very well), has given the "highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large".

I haven't found anything that ticks this box.
Am I a not-very-good researcher?
3/ If anyone can provide evidence of Mrs Court's service to Australia or humanity at large, could they let me know what this service has been?
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