the Japanese prime minister has cancelled a trip to Australia? Morrison says it is because they are dealing with the “exact same challenges” we are, a lie.
They do not have a terminally lazy leader who has chosen to prioritise pandemic politics for two years.
btw ABC News24 billed this presser as an announcement about a tennis player and his invalid visa.
his children have access to the best vaccine program in the world so getting kids back to school.
oh here it is. Morrison is repeating the #CampaignComms he tweeted out this morning. Chest thumping border talk. Drink.
incredible. There is no confusion over what is the responsibility of the ABF. From memory, this is a first.
turned around with a visa? Happens “all the time”, says Morrison, a classic trope from the political spin kit.
he does not know if quarantine was going to be waived, Morrison says, deflecting onto a state Labor government. He is now reading out the ministerial advice from Hunt to Tennis Australia “in November last year” lol the props tho😂
states will supply their own PCR tests says Morrison. He recites the 10 million tests figure that was a big favourite yesterday. That is less than one test for every two people, over an unspecified period.
how will Australia report on positive RAT results? Will you consider RATs with QR codes? Morrison says they are “working on” something. So, no.
he then says - wait for it - that “case numbers will be under-reported in Australia” because people are testing and “self-managing at home”.
whoops. “Given the supply issues”. What supply issues would those be. Nobody asks. He quickly defaults back to states responsibilities. Someone asks another tennis Q.
rules are enforced at the border, says Morrison. He wants to make it very clear that people are responsible for their own assessment of whether being issued a visa to enter Australia by Australian officials means they can actually enter Australia [paraphrased].
he says his government is very focused on the distribution of health workers and aged care workers and food. Adds that we need truckies to keep on trucking like the slogan bogan he is.
the pandemic leave payment is in place for when state governments enforce isolation requirements, says Morrison. He would “encourage” journalists to “familiarise” themselves with those “arrangements”, but demonstrates no further knowledge of his own.
pandemic leave has been in place for two years? I think that is what he said. If so, a lie.
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Scott Morrison, a politician: tweets about tennis player thing, calls press conference to chestbeat about tennis player thing.
9fax journo: is this politicised?
at least I think it was Harris who put that disingenuous nonsense to him, but can not be sure.
emotion alert. He was at a war memorial with Abe, the Japanese pr pr pr prime minister, says the Australian prime minister, wiping his eyes, but figuratively.
lmao Tingle asks if perhaps we could be prepared for virus variants during a pandemic. Morrison calls this basic proposition “plenty of armchair critics”. Someone else - Martin? - says but surely we can prepare for a pandemic during a pandemic?? He hates this.
and with one more tennis distraction Q from, I assume, one of the usual plants, off he fucks.

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