Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vehemently denied putting political spin ahead of real and meaningful action in his handling to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine program.
A visibly irritated Mr Morrison said such allegations were unfair and failed to acknowledge the good work he and his government had been doing.
Mr Morrison made his remarks at the start of a photo opportunity on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra organised by the Prime Minister’s Office to announce a change of name for both of his and his wife’s two daughters.
“We have completed all the necessary paperwork and from today I’m proud to say my two lovely daughters will be called Astra and Zeneca,” he said.
Asked why the changes were undertaken Mr Morrison grew unusually smirkless.
“You know, Jenny and I spoke last night….,” he began before stopping to advise reporters present that his wife had also changed her name.
He continued: “You know, Pfizer and I spoke last night and she said to me I needed to think of this whole pandemic and vaccine problem like the marketing genius I was and still am.
“So here we are today to ……,” he said before being interrupted by a reporter who suggested the two young people with the PM were in fact not his daughters but two teenage boys from a local Canberra high school paid to pose with him for the photo opportunity.
“Do you think I’d be shallow and craven enough to ….” the Prime Minister began before a PMO staffer shouted “Don’t answer that!” to reporters and shut down the photocall.
Mr Morrison was then rushed to his limousine which sped off towards Parliament House, leaving his “daughters” behind.
When quizzed both said they were under instructions not to speak to the media and, even if they wanted to, they couldn’t because they had to leave immediately if they were to make it to their woodwork class.
Reporters covering the photocall then conferred and agreed that Mr Morrison, by refusing to use his own daughters in a cheap publicity stunt, truly deserved his reputation as a marketing genius and father of the nation.