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Federal election 2022: Scott Morrison's Coalition falling behind in key NSW seats

Federal election 2022: Scott Morrison's Coalition falling behind in key NSW seats

By Charlie Moore, political reporter for Daily Mail Australia

The Liberals ran a counter ad blasting the Labor advert featuring Scott Morrison saying ‘it’s not my job’ three times.

The Labor TV and radio advert, considered one of the most effective in the election campaign, blames the Prime Minister for making mistakes and making excuses over the past three years.

But the liberals say the clips used were taken out of context and mixed for dramatic effect.

They are so furious about the advert that they have released a counter advert – first seen by Daily Mail Australia – explaining why they think it is so unfair.

The first clip showing Mr Morrison saying ‘it’s not my job’ is from a Today Show interview with Karl Stefanovic and Alison Langdon on August 19, 2020.

Stefanovic asked, “Why haven’t you personally lost patience with Dan Andrews” and the prime minister replied, “Because that’s not my job.”

Mr Morrison says the response was not an apology but an explanation of why he was not criticizing the Premier of Victoria over the state’s massive Covid outbreak.

The second clip is from a press conference in Queensland on October 11, 2020.

The Prime Minister was defending his policy of giving Australians early access to their superannuation when he said: “I’m not going to tell Australians how to spend their own money, that’s not my job.”

In the third clip, the Prime Minister was interviewed by Tara Brown on 60 Minutes on March 22, 2020.

When asked if he was scared by the pandemic, he replied: “It’s not my job to do that.”

Coalition campaign spokesman Simon Birmingham claimed Labor had been “caught in the act of lying to the Australian public” by falsely implying that the Prime Minister was making excuses for his mistakes.

The ad, posted on April 21, slammed Mr Morrison for vacationing in Hawaii during the 2019 bushfires and blamed him for the slow rollout of the Covid vaccine and the shortage of rapid tests.

Asked if the ad was frustrating, Mr Morrison told Ray Hadley on 2GB radio on Tuesday: ‘Well, yes.

In the third clip, the Prime Minister was interviewed by Tara Brown on 60 Minutes on March 22, 2020.

I mean, the three quotes they use. I have been asked, should I be afraid of the pandemic? No, no, it’s not my job to be afraid of the pandemic.

“Is it, is it my job to yell at a state premier on the phone while you’re trying to manage a pandemic?

“No, I don’t think that’s a good idea as we all try to work together and get through the pandemic.”

He added: ‘That’s what Labor is doing, they don’t have a plan for government.

A Labor spokesman said: ‘We make no apologies for highlighting the Prime Minister’s record as Australians know Scott Morrison is struggling to live up to his responsibilities.

“It is a fact that Scott Morrison has let Australians down when it comes to quarantine, rolling out vaccines and ordering enough RATs.

“Scott Morrison is more interested in spinning a story to make himself look good than taking responsibility for his failures that have cost Australians throughout this pandemic.”

Labour’s announcement is remarkably similar to a TikTok video uploaded in February featuring Mr Morrison repeatedly saying “it’s not my job”.

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