It was a brief, easy query put to Scott Morrison in a radio interview.
“Prime minister Scott Morrison, have you ever ever told a lie in public life?”
His reply was equally transient: “I don’t consider I’ve, no. No.”
Morrison made the feedback to 3AW radio on Friday, in an interview repeating his false declare that Labor needs to extend the worth of petrol.
Whereas it’s unimaginable to disprove what Morrison believes, we will jog his reminiscence.
Listed below are 5 matters on which Morrison has made false or incorrect statements for readers to guage, together with situations the place the prime minister’s denials could be construed themselves as lies.
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1. Electrical automobiles
Throughout the 2019 election, Morrison claimed that electric vehicles couldn’t tow boats or caravans or attain tenting spots and that “Invoice Shorten needs to finish the weekend with regards to his electrical car coverage”.
On Tuesday, whereas releasing his personal electrical car coverage, Morrison was requested about his previous feedback “campaigning in opposition to” them, and replied:
However I didn’t. That’s simply a Labor lie. I was in opposition to Invoice Shorten’s mandate coverage, making an attempt to inform individuals what to do with their lives, what vehicles they have been purported to drive and the place they might drive.
Labor’s coverage included a goal of fifty% of latest automobiles to be electrical by 2030, however didn’t embrace a mandate.
On Thursday, when Channel 9’s Natalie Barr famous there was no mandate in Labor’s coverage, Morrison claimed “they have been going to place up the worth of gasoline”.
Actually, Labor wished air pollution requirements for automobiles and subsidies for electrical automobiles – neither of which places up the worth of petrol.
In September when Morrison revealed the new Aukus alliance, buy of nuclear submarines and cancellation of the $90bn typical submarine contract with France, he careworn that “poor efficiency” of Naval Group was to not blame.
Requested about “blowouts, delays and issues”, Morrison replied he didn’t consider these criticisms have been all based in truth.
However below rising diplomatic strain from France, Morrison claimed on 1 November that “our issues over the early delays and the supply on, notably on issues like Australian trade content material, time and price … had raised issues in my thoughts.”
When French president Emmanuel Macron accused Morrison of mendacity about giving France discover, non-public textual content messages have been leaked to refute the claims, revealing Macron had requested: “Ought to I anticipate good or dangerous information for our joint submarines ambitions?”
The texts present the other of what was meant – that 48 hours earlier than Australia canned the Naval Group contract, Macron was nonetheless in the darkish.
Morrison additionally falsely accused journalists of “taking selfies” with Macron and that he wouldn’t “cop sledging at Australia”, when Macron’s criticism was directed at Morrison, not Australia.
3. Vaccination rollout ‘not a race’
As Australia’s vaccination rollout stalled in mid-2021, Morrison tried to rewrite historical past on his feedback that it was “not a race”.
Morrison told Channel Seven’s Sunrise on 29 July:
When Professor [Brendan] Murphy and I made these remarks, we have been speaking concerning the regulation of the vaccines.
We’re working via the GPs as we transfer into 1B and the six million Australians that are a part of that. And so, it’s not a race, it’s not a competitors…”
On 6 Could, Morrison incorrectly characterised Australia’s coverage in the direction of Taiwan as “one nation, two programs” – the precept that China pledged to use when Hong Kong was returned to Beijing’s management in 1997.
Morrison’s workplace claims he was speaking about Hong Kong, regardless of the query making no point out of it.
Chatting with SBS on 12 Could, Morrison was requested concerning the feedback and denied he’d made an error:
What we all know is that we’ve a scenario with China the place we’ve recognised, we’ve recognised, how they see these relationships inside the area, notably in relation to Taiwan, previously Hong Kong and issues of that nature. And so Australia understands that and that’s at all times been the premise of our insurance policies.”
5. Shanghai Sam
In September 2019, the Coalition was working defence for its MP Gladys Liu, arguing that media scrutiny of her alleged hyperlinks with China was racist.
Requested about his personal description of Labor’s Sam Dastyari as “Shanghai Sam”, Morrison claimed “I didn’t use both of these phrases”.
Actually, Morrison described Dastyari as Shanghai Sam in a tweet:
And on 6 September, 2016, Morrison mentioned: “Shanghai Sam should go. It’s that easy.”